That silly kitty…

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Cool Stuff

Listener Josh was playing with his new cat and look what he noticed:

I am running Leopard and in the Finder sidebar under shared I noticed
there were different pictures for Macs and PCs on the network.
The Macs look like the new imac:


but by the pc it is a crappy looking monitor displaying the blue
screen of death:


Thought I would point this out…

Apple is funny…

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  1. NitRam Den Gale | Oct 26 2007 - 03:48

    That actually looks like a Cinema Display, not the new iMac…

  2. Bob6stringer | Oct 26 2007 - 04:26

    It’s nice to see Apple being a little cocky, enough so to make this joke. Any PC people out there? I wonder if the CRT monitor’s a Dell. That would be a little stick in the eye of Michael Dell, who suggested Apple liquidate itself into sauce… and whose company now (along wiht IBM) lags Apple in market capitalization…

  3. Craig | Oct 26 2007 - 06:20

    I saw that yesterday on Appleinsider and had a good laugh for a couple minutes. It’s little jabs like this that make the Mac vs. PC thing very fun.

  4. Gazmaz | Oct 27 2007 - 01:42

    What’s even funnier is the fact it shows the blue screen of (constant) windows death! Only having just switched/slid I find these sorts of jibes a breath of fresh air, and yes very funny………. :-)

  5. Steve | Oct 27 2007 - 09:18

    That’s not fair of Apple, because I still TOTALLY get the BSoD on my 24″ Dell 2405 FPW! :)

  6. Highstreet | Oct 27 2007 - 02:53

    For the Mac Mini there is a different symbol, a tiny Mac Mini…

  7. kdmurray | Oct 27 2007 - 11:25

    I just found this when I did my Leopard upgrade too. It’s not very discriminating though… My two linux machines also show up with the same BSoD icon and they’re even more stable than my MacBook running Leopard.

    Unlike Gazmaz I don’t find these all that amusing. It’s stuff like this that makes me hide the fact that I even _own_ a mac. I absolutely *hate* being lumped in with the Mac Snob crowd. Perhaps as the popularity of the Mac grows we’ll see the attitude of the community mature a bit with it.

  8. Jimmy CraicHead | Oct 28 2007 - 06:24

    In fairness Chris Pirillo posted a video of this like a week or 2 ago.

  9. Olly | Oct 28 2007 - 10:34

    Too bad that we can’t say that you won’t get a BSOD in OS X anymore…


  10. Abram | Oct 28 2007 - 05:54

    wait, isn’t that the apple cinema display, not the imac screen?

  11. Chris | Oct 28 2007 - 07:14

    It’s one thing to not want to be labeled a ‘Mac snob’, but I think Apple’s approach is spot on with things like this little joke and the more mainstream ‘I’m a Mac, I’m a PC’ ads. If Apple want to portray to the masses that they’re a force to be reckoned with then they need to give some attitude as far as I’m concerned. It’s hardy about them being immature…

  12. Horton | Oct 28 2007 - 10:08

    I think Apple’s attitude is right ware it should be. Apple’s attitude in the mac vs. pc battle front is very entertaining. I would like to see the linux users have a different icon but, thats just me.

  13. Ashley | Oct 29 2007 - 03:10

    I have Macs and Windows machines at work and home and I prefer OS X. This is petty and childish, not funny, and will not be well received in any workplace other than a Mac shop. I guess WIndows could make an icon for the iPhone that just shows a $$ to reflect the $200 stupid tax that early adopters had to bear.

    Regarless of what one thinks of Microsoft, this will not be well received in computer networks at organizations. If my CIO or any managers see this, Apple and Macs will become the joke. In this day and age, no one like jokes on their network, it make you wonder what else Apple and their developers think is funny. Before I get dismissed, Mac purchases in my orgainzation have risen from only 15 three years ago to over 75 last FY, that is considerable growth.

    I love the Mac v PC ads too, but that is advertising, this is different.

    I hope they change that icon to something sensible in a forthcoming patch.

  14. shadowtech | Oct 29 2007 - 06:41

    Okay we can stop calling Leopard a “kitty” now.

  15. kdmurray | Oct 29 2007 - 11:55

    Well said Ashley… my last comment is still sitting in moderation, but goes along much the same lines.

  16. kdmurray | Oct 31 2007 - 01:13

    Wow, Adam. I never would have thought you for a comment deleter. Did my comment get dropped deliberately?

  17. Ashley | Nov 01 2007 - 05:30

    Thank you kdmurray. Too kind. Our Apple contacts were not too thrilled with this either. This makes their job much harder.

  18. kdmurray | Nov 02 2007 - 09:56

    Not at all :)

    I can imagine that they’re not too thrilled. If they were trying to sell 20 iMacs to a skateboard manufacturer in Venice Beach, sure. That’d probably even _help_ the cause. But trying to sell a couple of hundred X-Servers or PowerMacs to a room full of Suits in New York City… not exactly a selling feature.