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Zwilnik
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posted July 15, 2002 13:26     Click Here to See the Profile for Zwilnik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Several of the Mac magazines regularly run articles on 'Mac Sightings' in TV, Film and the press. It seems to be a mostly Mac thing, but I'd like to open it up to all platforms by 'adjusting' the parameters a little. i.e

What's the most stupid placement or usage of a computer in TV, film, press etc. that you've seen recently ? (I'm looking for dum ad men stuff here rather than 'the XP adds suck').

Recently in the UK there have been ads for the Audi TT sportscar, showing various shots of the designer tripping out to Jimmy Hendrix while designing the car (tagline 'Designed under the influence of Hendrix'). Nice little ad, except... The designer is using a G4 Cube (so far so good) and it looks like (can't be certain, it's a fleeting shot), just looks like he's got either a book or an external hard drive sitting on the top of the Cube!
As most Mac users can tell you, the top of the Cube is where all the hot stuff comes out from the convection cooling, and if you put anything on top of it, you'll have a G4 Puddle in a very short time. If Audi's designers are off their heads enough to do that with their Cubes then I'd hate to think how unsafe the car is. Silly ad men!

ok, over to the rest of you geeks. what's the funniest/silliest you've seen ?

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littlefish
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posted July 16, 2002 01:36     Click Here to See the Profile for littlefish     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember in a film- can't remember although I think it might have been Mission Impossible 2, a scene with a gunfight where after about 5 minutes of heavy machine gun fire between two sides, the only thing left standing pristine in the middle was a G4 tower. (speaking of which-check this out) http://www.intuitor.com/moviephysics/mpmain.html#mac10 Also, despite the heavy dell influence with swordfish, when they needed a tasty keyboard, they used a mac one.

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ilovemydualg4
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posted July 16, 2002 03:18     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemydualg4   Click Here to Email ilovemydualg4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Infomercial for that damn little pen camera. digital still/video. it is sitting on top of a monitor which clearly has mac os projected onto it, but doesn't support macs......

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Minsc
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posted July 16, 2002 13:28     Click Here to See the Profile for Minsc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was this Michael Douglas/ Demi Moore movie way back when where he was suing because she fired him after he wouldn't continue doing the wild thing with her.

Anyhoo- there was this whole thing with a "VR" environment that their company developed that would allow for multiple real-time users each with their own life-sized avatar which was completely photo-realistic and accurate in it's likeness of them.

So what did they use this astounding technology for? A VIRTUAL RECORDS ROOM. That's right, you could strap on the gear and walk into the room and open up a virtual folder to read a virtual document. Friggin' morons.

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g026r
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posted July 16, 2002 15:00     Click Here to See the Profile for g026r     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Minsc:
There was this Michael Douglas/ Demi Moore movie way back when where he was suing because she fired him after he wouldn't continue doing the wild thing with her.

Anyhoo- there was this whole thing with a "VR" environment that their company developed that would allow for multiple real-time users each with their own life-sized avatar which was completely photo-realistic and accurate in it's likeness of them.

So what did they use this astounding technology for? A VIRTUAL RECORDS ROOM. That's right, you could strap on the gear and walk into the room and open up a virtual folder to read a virtual document. Friggin' morons.


You know what, that sounds like Disclosure (I know there was a movie, just not sure who was in it...) In which case, the Michael Crichton novel it was based on should be considered the source of that lovely bit of VR silliness, as I seem to remember it being pretty much the same idea in the book. (The "you log on and go into a virtual records room" thingy)

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+Andrew
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posted July 16, 2002 15:55     Click Here to See the Profile for +Andrew   Click Here to Email +Andrew     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For some reason, magazine ad artists love slapping MacOS screenshots on photos of PC laptops. Looks damn silly, since it's obviously fake.

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Bregalad
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posted July 16, 2002 16:46     Click Here to See the Profile for Bregalad   Click Here to Email Bregalad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by +Andrew:
For some reason, magazine ad artists love slapping MacOS screenshots on photos of PC laptops. Looks damn silly, since it's obviously fake.

I agree it looks silly, but the reasons for it are obvious.

Most publishers use Macs so the screen shots will come from one. Ad that to a stock photo and you've got a virtual Mac in your ad.

I haven't seen any dumb computer placements lately, but I have seen some weird commericals from Telus that feature Mac equipment being used by domestic pets and wild animals.

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rw
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posted July 17, 2002 06:25     Click Here to See the Profile for rw   Click Here to Email rw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was some movie with Sandra Bulloch ("The Net", or some such title) where all the good guys used Macs and all the bad guys used PCs. A little overdone for product placement, I thought, but it cracked me up. Of course, only Mac-heads notice these things anyway, so it never does Apple any good (or, hopefully, any bad).

I also loved the way the X-Files flip-flopped. One week, everybody in the FBI used Mac, next week everybody used a PC. I guess it's a security thing -- each week FBI employees all completely destroy their computers and get new ones.

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GameMaster
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posted July 17, 2002 06:53     Click Here to See the Profile for GameMaster   Click Here to Email GameMaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's not a computer, but a PDA (Sharp OZ750?) was on VIP, and they showed it doing things that it can't possible do... I was laughing because I have one, and it is basically a toy, and the show gave it the power of a miniature computer

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Zwilnik
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posted July 17, 2002 06:53     Click Here to See the Profile for Zwilnik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was quite impressed with the product placement on Blade. All the rich and evil vampires had new Macs, while Blade and his underfunded sidekick were making do with old Macs. Nice touch of 'realism'.

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Super Flippy
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posted July 17, 2002 12:42     Click Here to See the Profile for Super Flippy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We get the "Hold Everything" catalog, which sells a lot of decorative computer desks. Occasionally, they'll show a photo of a desk with a cinema display and mouse on top, no CPU. Sometimes, they show an old iMac or Gateway Profile, but they always remove all the cords! Apparently, these desks come with a built-in wireless power supply .

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Minsc
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posted July 18, 2002 06:40     Click Here to See the Profile for Minsc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a stupid one for you...

I saw a laptop on my bosses desk!

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