Six Things Apple Needs to Fix by 2008

April 10, 2007

6. Apple TV 2.0 and iTunes Movie Downloads

Apple TVThe Apple TV is a great example of the typical first generation Apple product. At first it seems to lack features that make it worth the high price Apple is asking for. Just like the iPod and many other Apple products, the Apple TV will probably follow in iPod’s footsteps and eventually become that “must-have” device that every home will have. It will just take about three to four generations to catch on. In my opinion the Apple TV is going to have to meet these requirements to start flying off the shelves:

  1. HD content.
  2. Much cheaper price. Nothing above $199.
  3. Rental movie downloads.
  4. An iTunes store for the Apple TV possible.

5. Apple, give up .Mac or make it free

I know many proud .Mac subscribers may disagree, but I just do not understand how the services Apple offers in its .Mac subscription is close to being worth $99. It offers sub-par bandwidth and memory restrictions and packaged with a lot of bloatware that can be substituted for free alternatives. Apple’s already shown its lack in .Mac when it announced its compatibility with Yahoo mail’s mail-push functions and saying they will offer free email addresses and these special push functions to all iPhone customers. Give it up Apple, .Mac is a failure. The only way you are going to start getting subscribers it to either make the price worth the features or better yet, make it free!

4. Updates for iWork and iLife

We’ve all been waiting since January for an update to our iLife and iWork suites of applications, and for the first time since iWork ’04 Apple didn’t release the new suites at Macworld. We’ve speculated the past four months and made rumors of when the new suites will be announced, but still no details on the suites have been released by Apple. Many are anticipating the new iWeb 2.0 release that hopefully will have FTP/SFTP features and new, richer, cleaner templates. Others are waiting for an update to Garageband and the other old iApps.

Many iWork users are waiting for a spreadsheet application to compete with Microsoft’s Excel program. Looking at some of the screenshots of Office 2008 for Mac and playing with Office 2007 for Windows, I feel Apple really needs to improve the interface and friendliness of iWork to really make it work. I’m a big fan of the iWork suite but the current “Inspector” interface simply doesn’t compare to the ribbon interface in the new Office suites from Microsoft. We’ll see how Apple can implement the Inspector interface in the next iteration of the iWork applications and hopefully make it a little easier to use without involving dialogue boxes and extra windows, etc.

3. iPod Update to at least iPhone specs

The current iPod is really an embarrassing video player compared to both the Zune and Apple’s new iPhone. It wouldn’t take much to turn the current iPhone product and sub in a hard drive (or a lot of flash memory) for all of the phone innards and make a killer music, video, media, internet-browsing device. Hopefully this new iPod will at least match its competitors and include a built-in Airport wireless adapter to browse websites (just like the iPhone), download media from the iTunes store, sync with your Mac or PC, connect to an Apple TV, etc. Maybe these features sound a little idealistic, but it surely is possible and would be very well received. Knowing Apple, a November release date sounds likely; however knowing Apple, you can never bee too sure.

2. Interface Updates to Mac OS X – Illuminous

IlluminousIt was a hot topic discussed on Appleology a while back, but its still a very important topic since we haven’t had any updates since. In my opinion, user interface and user experience is pretty much 75% of what is great about using a Mac. but I’m ready for Apple to impress me again like they did with Aqua. I want a really rich user-interface that has more feeling and depth. And it all comes back to the idea of Illuminous and a new generation of user interfaces for the Mac. Apple’s going darker, sleeker, shinier with every product they release. The iPhone, Apple TV, iTunes 7; they all have that same interface that we nicknamed “Illuminous”. Now it’s Mac OS X’s turn for a change. Leopard’s resolution independence features along with the progress Apple’s made developing Multi-Touch interfaces with the iPhone and integrate that technology with OS X and run with it. The result could change the way users operate with their computers forever. And if Apple can’t get this far by June, hopefully they will at least match Vista’s impressive GUI.

1. Lower Prices on All Consumer-Level Macs

Price has to be the biggest complaint from potential switchers whenever I try to persuade someone to consider buying a Mac. They don’t care if Macs last longer or consider the bundled software, when they are thinking about buying a computer all they only care about the price of the computer. If Apple really wanted to maximize their market share, they would have lowered their prices on all of their Macs by now. When it comes to most of the consumers today, all they want to hear is price and Apples simply can’t compete with notebooks starting at $1099.

44 Responses

  1. dp says:

    your #3 should say ipod and not iphone in a couple of spots….

    April 10th, 2007 at 11:01 pm

  2. Douglas Bell says:

    I agree with most of these. But I also think you should proofread your posts before you make them, I spotted a lot of speeling or mistyped names in here.

    I think Vista’s new interface looks rediculously flashy, and kind of ugly. Tiger’s interface tumps even Vista’s new stuff hands down. (Not to mention that Tiger’s interface looks great even on my 7 year old laptop with 800 x 600 max resolution…beat that Aero!)

    I really don’t think Mac OS X is suffering for a radical new interface. Apple has made small, steady improvements to OS X since the 2001 release, and now that the pinstripes are gone (horray!), it looks very good, quite professional, yet still unique and very Apple-like, and it still has its visual appeal. We’ve only had this interface for 6 years; it’s still quite young compared to the 17 years that the classic Mac OS interface enjoyed.

    As for this Illuminous thing: First off, I think it’s a dumb name. If it exists, that’s probably going to be a codename, because I’d hate to see that going to market. But furthermore, I believe rumors based on their appearance on many trusted websites. Even then, those many trusted websites get things wrong quite a bit, but I’ve only seen this Illuminous thing on this website and on that Apple Gazette website you linked to; never anywhere else. If I saw this being published on many other proven websites (AppleInsider for example), then I’d be more willing to run with this.

    The one I _will_ really agree on is .Mac. I like it because it has all the features I need perfectly integrated into the OS, but it still isn’t worth the $100/yr (PLUS TAX!). I can get its features in other packages for quite a bit less, or even free, if I’m willing to stretch a bit further.

    April 10th, 2007 at 11:03 pm

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    April 10th, 2007 at 11:06 pm

  4. kennyB says:

    Re: #1. Funny, I just went to the Apple store and saw notebooks starting at $1099.

    April 11th, 2007 at 7:37 am

  5. Philip Gaucher says:

    Apple needs to upgrade their codec h.264 to the ON2 codec which is clearly superior…but as we all know if it ain’t made here it won’t happen….or will the market force them to do so???

    April 11th, 2007 at 8:17 am

  6. jim says:

    Point 2 – Illuminous

    Aqua was great, now it’s the standard, with all linux and now the aero graphics on Vista. Apple needs to push it to the next stage.

    I don’t see Illuminous being fully implemented.

    I think an update on Aqua is highly necessary.

    April 11th, 2007 at 8:56 am

  7. Martin Pilkington says:

    Apple doesn’t really need to lower the price of Macs that much, but make more of an emphasis on the fact that they’re competitively priced. They could do with dropping the Mac Mini prices back to the PPC days though, but they needs to make more of a point that while the cheapest Mac is a few $100 more than the cheapest PC, the cheapest Mac is a lot more powerful than the cheapest PC

    April 11th, 2007 at 9:19 am

  8. Andy says:

    6, 5, 4, 3 – these are almost definitely on the cards for this year. Anybody could see that.

    2 – er. No. They may do it, but they by no means have to.

    1 – probably not. Apple sell premium products. If you sell cheap hardware too, it tarnishes the overall brand image.

    I can’t wait to see if the new iPod gets the iPhone features – I’d love it to be a web capable slate with multitouch, and all my music and movies too. Somehow I feel this might muddy the distinction with the iPhone though.

    I”m sure #6 is going to be addressed this coming weekend.

    April 11th, 2007 at 9:45 am

  9. Tony says:

    Come on now, iPod inferior to the Zune? You must have missed all of the sub-par to downright awful Zune reviews. Give us a break here microsoftie!

    April 11th, 2007 at 10:24 am

  10. Rob says:

    I love all of the uninformed arguments I see about Macs being too high priced, but then when you go on Dell’s website and price a comparable system with the same specs, it always ends up being basically the same price as a Mac, if not higher.

    Just like BMW doesn’t sell a $12,000 model to compete with the Fords of the world, Apple isn’t ever going to sell any $599 stripped down junk notebooks to compete with Dell either.

    April 11th, 2007 at 10:51 am

  11. Al Feldzamen says:

    Things are about to get more complex with the release of LEOPARD. And Leopard might well be thought of in synch with the forthcoming iPhone. This will probably get more press and public attention than Apple TV.

    What that telephone device truly needs to succeed, in view of its obvious disadvantages (high price, limitation to Cingular, small memory for music/video, lack of voice dialing, etc.) is a KILLER APP.

    Such an app could well be DICTATION SOFTWARE (since a microphone is already present, and a stripped down OS X) . . . software that would let a user dictate an outgoing Email, and dictate text that could go into a rudimentary word processor (like TEXTEDIT), and thence to a memory file or, by any one of several means, to a printer if desired.

    Then that device, trademark issues permiting, could be renamed the POCKET MAC !

    And then that software could well be incorporated into LEOPARD, which would give it the boost needed to stand out as more than a slight improvement over TIGER !

    This is the path that Apple should follow, I think

    April 11th, 2007 at 3:22 pm

  12. AppleX says:

    Make the iPod boot Mac OS X for the ultimate wireless compuerless presentation remote. Or an iPhone model without the phone feature.

    April 11th, 2007 at 3:27 pm

  13. Steve says:

    Rob, you are very wrong about Mac prices. I have been a Mac user my whole life, but when my dad (unfortunately a Windows user) recently wanted to get a new computer I tried looking into prices to see if I could get him into a Mac under his (limited) budget. Not do-able. For $850 he got a Dell with an AMD dual-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB hard drive, dual optical drives, a nice 19″ LCD monitor, keyboard and mouse. The Mac mini you get for that price will have 1 GB RAM, a 160 GB HD, one optical drive, no monitor, no keyboard, no mouse. Now, I personally would still buy the Mac, but it is very difficult to convince most people they should spend hundreds of dollars more (once you add in the peripherals) for the Mac with smaller HD, less RAM, etc. The advantages of a Mac are, for the most part, intangible things like “ease of use” and “good design” vs. the Dell that has that nice 19″ monitor coming with it.

    Now, a lot of people will tell you that Apple has made a business decision not to go after the low end of the market, because there is little profit there. But the fact of the matter is that they are never really going to grow their market share above where it is now without lowering prices and going after that part of the market. The vast majority of home users are very price-conscious.

    Another point I would like to make is that I think we, the Mac community, need to start demanding lower prices from Apple. We all know how big their profit margins are compared to the rest of the industry. A lot of Mac users seem to cheer Apple on and applaud their good business sense for being able to do this. But we are the ones that they are taking those large profit margins from! I don’t want Apple making huge profit margins from me, that makes no sense!

    April 11th, 2007 at 6:15 pm

  14. AppleX says:


    Absolutely right!

    The problem is that Apple and the Mac is a super-super-super-monopoly.

    So, unless we had Mac clones, Apple will set the price. No real competition there. Which is really bad for the end user.

    And do not take me wrong. I am and have been a Mac user for more than 20 years now.

    April 11th, 2007 at 6:33 pm

  15. Careful says:

    I really would be careful about fanning the desires for a cheap Mac. Do not forget that Apple is competing with Microsoft, not just Dell. Now Microsoft profits are really, really respectable. Apple is also working on the bleeding edge, providing new concepts, cool design, the latest hardware, as well as breakthrough software. You just cannot have that at warehouse prices. If we make them do it, they will have to comply and we will get Macs that are just like PCs. That would be a pity. Please, do not destroy Apple to save $100.

    April 11th, 2007 at 7:06 pm

  16. Travis Ulrich says:

    I agree with almost everything, except the interface for iWork. I find the new interface for Office annoying as hell! I can’t find anything on there. I use Keynote at least twice a week and I find the interface extremely intuitive and fast.

    April 11th, 2007 at 9:08 pm

  17. Moebius says:

    Make iMacs and laptops easier for technicians to repair, or else they will be less inclined to recommend Macs to customers. The first iMac G5 was extremely easy to take apart and service, but the current Intel iMacs are the laughing stock of serviceability. The 13 inch MacBook has a user replaceable hard drive, but why doesn’t the MacBook Pro?

    April 11th, 2007 at 10:04 pm

  18. Digital Skunk says:

    No one here knows how to sell things to people. If they wanted a Mac you could tell from the first things they say about them. A person doesn’t buy a Mac becasue they are too expensive, they don’t buy one because they don’t want to. The Apple price tag is about as high and most of the time cheaper than the best made plastic PCs. Screw the mini guy with the father. Get the iMac. That’s why sales reps are there to help people out with their decisions. I am sure the cheap people in the world don’t live in cheap houses or drive really cheap cars, they didn’t want too so they bought what they thought was the best.


    You have to make them understand that the Mac is the best computer around hands down and anything else is going to be a regrettable decision. And “THEY” have to make that decision to get one.

    Anyway… the price thing is overrated and since it has been debated and debunked for over 5 years anyone that makes that claim has to be put in the bargain bin reporter catagory with the ones that say there are no Mac viruses because no one wants to write one. Sometimes a little thought goes a long way. Every point you made makes since but when you got to number 1 you just sounded like a cheapscate. Every other one had substance. Forget the fact that there is a notebook for $1099 and forget the fact that Apple is outselling every computer maker percentage wise and that their marketshare has been growing leaps and bounds for the past year and a half. Price is a mute point in this day of high technology and fashion.

    p.s. Read other posts by other reviewers… it will help give you credibility. The Zune’s UI is hot compared to the iPod… but it is in no way better in any other way what so ever. No one says that and if they do I am sure they have a free computer and Zune donated by MS on their desk, or their office is next to Steve Ballmers.

    And Vista’s UI is childish, flash, and in very bad taste. Nothing in that OS is worth 2 rat cents compared to Linux. So it won’t even touch the hem of Mac OS X’s garment.

    April 12th, 2007 at 7:33 am

  19. Mark Danzig says:

    A two year warranty wouldnt be a bad idea, either-it shows consumers that they stand behind thier product;
    Many potential PC to Mac users are aghast at APPLES one year warranty-and the irksome badgering they get, to purchase APPLECARE when in an APPLE store.
    If you want to extend it to 3, or 4 years, make that an option, but a two year warranty would make some fence-sitters jump into a Mac

    I think all PCs have 2 year warranties.
    APPLE may have to lower the “acceptable rate of defects” manufacturing numbers a bit, but at the costs of some of their systems, that would help a lot.

    April 12th, 2007 at 11:48 am

  20. Moebius says:

    Computer salespeople are like used car salesmen. They only care about making the sale and pushing products out the door. To this end, they make wild promises to customers and tell them everything that they want to hear. But when any service issues arise, who gets to deal with it? Certainly not the salesperson who pushed that product on to the customer. Instead, it’s the technicians who have to clean up the mess.

    If the Apple salespeople who keep pushing iMacs onto customers had to do the repairs themselves, then chances are they would not be pushing iMacs so much. Apple resellers, salespeople, and service providers should start demanding Apple to make their iMacs and laptops easier to service. They should recommend against iMacs, Mac Minis and MacBook Pros until Apple decides to make them easier to service.

    April 12th, 2007 at 12:20 pm

  21. dennis says:

    Okay I’ll be the lone defender of .Mac here. Maybe it’s not worth $99. Maybe. But it surprises me when Mac fans poo-poo .Mac when what makes it so great is the same thing that makes Macs so great: integration.

    Sure, you can *approximate* the functionality of .Mac for free by signing up for several different services, which require you to visit several different websites with separate user accounts, and most likely change your desktop software to be compatible. I buy Macs because I like Apple software. I don’t want to use Firefox to have synchronized bookmarks, or use Google Calendar to have synched calendars that I can change from anywhere. I want to use Safari and iCal.

    Please remember that the vast majority of Mac users are not interested in learning html, xml, perl, cgi, webDAV, etc., etc. They want to share calendars and photos, check their email from anywhere without memorizing server addresses, have access to bookmarks from anywhere. .Mac gives you all that (and more) without having to keep track of much more than a user name and password. For $99 a year.

    How many of you spend over $60 a MONTH on cable TV?

    April 12th, 2007 at 4:07 pm

  22. -Z- says:

    “Apples simply can’t compete with notebooks starting at $1099.”

    Don’t take this too harshly, but when I did my research before buying my Macbook a couple of weeks ago, I found that for the same price….good luck finding a better notebook in speed and reliabilty (Applecare) in an equivalent Windows based laptop. The above statement is simple not true the way it is stated. If you meant Apple needs to come out with a cheaper priced and slower (slower cpu…lower specs ect) then that makes sense, otherwise, if you spec out a windows based notebook with similar specs, I think you would be extremely surprised.

    April 12th, 2007 at 5:52 pm

  23. mortal says:

    Number 7.
    Are you listening Apple?

    April 13th, 2007 at 10:08 am

  24. Curious Rabbit says:

    Re: .Mac

    I have a .Mac famliy pack for $180/year. For this price I escape literally hundreds of “support” calls concerning mail, web photo sharing, IM, and backup applications from my mother, father-in-law, wife and technically dis-inclined adult child.

    Even if it were to come down to just a personal account for $100/year, I have too many other things to do than to scramble together some hodge-podge of services in an attempt to duplicate .Mac. I suspect when my time is factored in, the “free” services would be damned expensive for my current usage scenarios.

    The fallacy of arguments to the effect that, “.Mac can be replaced with free or near-free alternatives,” is that only the services are taken into consideration. The convenience of “it just works” has a very significant value to me.

    April 13th, 2007 at 11:10 am

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  26. NitRam Den Gale says:

    I am all for GUI updates, but match Vistas impressive GUI?! I don’t think thats the way to go. Sleek design, not eye candy, is whats necessary when developing a GUI, and of what I have seen of Vista it isn’t exacly very user friendly, or at least not as user friendly as it could be… Tigers 3D effects are actually usable, especially Exposé, while the 3D flip or whatever in Windows Vista isn’t very practicle.

    May 7th, 2007 at 4:26 pm

  27. Bill Napier says:

    You want AppleTV to be *CHEAPER* than $299? What they are giving you for your $299 is unmatched at that price level in the current marketplace. You would even be hard pressed to buy a new PC for $299 and install linux on it and get the same functionality.

    Once you start looking at other Consumer Electronics devices that deliver similar features (starting point: Linksys DP-600, for example) and see how expensive it is to deliver comparable features.

    May 7th, 2007 at 5:19 pm

  28. harold says:

    .Mac has to be one my least favorite things not for what it does but what it doesn’t do.
    My list goes something like this:

    1. It’s just dead slow..
    2. Looks gorgeous but is underpowered
    3. Some of the features like iCards are nice but not necessary
    4. Storage is not that great when compared to other services.
    5. The integration with others outside the mac world is not that great.
    6. ical integration is good
    7. and did I mention it was slow?

    It’s something I really want to like [ I do use it!] but it’s just not there yet.

    May 7th, 2007 at 5:26 pm

  29. Pepbill says:

    Lets take these recommendations in order

    #6: It’s to understand the power of an Apple TV unless you own one. I have not purchased 1 movie and only purchased 1 tv show from Apple but my Apple TV is full and overflowing! I have ripped all my 4 year old’s favorite movies and put them on my Apple TV. I now don’t need to find a specific DVD that my daughter wants and flip it into the DVD, press menu etc. Most of the time I flip on the TV and turn it to the correct input and away she goes. The $299 has been repayed many times in convenience

    #5 I love Iweb, .mac and Iphoto interoperability. I have a family pac that has my family photos, my hobby’s photos and my wife’s job photos. I love the fact I can come home from a trip to the San Diego Wild Animal park, download my photos, crop and adjust if needed, publish to iweb and update the website all within an hour.

    #4, #3 #2 Agree

    #1 This is a battle I fight in the educational sector all the time. Sure you can pay $850 for a stripped out Dell but does it come with comparable software? How much is someone going to have to pay to make that box usable for what you need it to do? $200 more and you have an iMac. Someone mentioned making the computers easier to fix, Apple will fix for free if it’s in warranty. By now there are Apple Stores all across the US. If you’ve ever fixed or updated a mac you know most of the stuff that someone can update/fix is updatable/fixable. I just added a Lightscribe DVD player/burner to my G4 server!

    Just my 2 cents and probably worth 1.5 with inflation!

    May 7th, 2007 at 7:45 pm

  30. Masterde says:

    what .Mac really needs is to do what Microsoft and Google did.

    Google Apps will host your own domain’s MX and give you free 2GB emails with Unlimited number of accounts, you get all the power of GMail and more on your domain.

    Windows Live Custom Domain will hosts your own domain’s MX and give you free 1GB emails with unlimited number of accounts also.

    People these days want to use their own domain names, so dotMac must provide similar services and it doesn’t need to be free it just needs to be done.

    May 8th, 2007 at 6:51 am

  31. NM Johnson says:

    #7 Make FCP compatible with the avchd format. That is all.

    May 8th, 2007 at 9:49 am

  32. don delwood says:

    what’s missing on this list: one word – tablet

    we really need a tablet computer. one that can be read and carried. one that can run apps and browse the web comfortably.

    seems now that apple has broken into the touch screen technology, also the solid state hard disk technology, this is now brightly possible.


    May 8th, 2007 at 4:23 pm

  33. graham says:

    dude .mac USED to be free it was cool then they made it a pay service, and your right i haven’t used it since!

    May 8th, 2007 at 10:30 pm

  34. Alexander "Sasha" Ivanoff says:

    I agree. iTools was one of the greatest things since sliced bread. But $99 for .Mac is a big rip off.

    What happened to the affordability of the original iBook? (it was one of the most affordable notebooks when it was released). PC manufacturers produce more affordable and are more powerful than Mac notebooks. Same goes for the iMac, and Apple has sacrifice too much performance to achieve the iMac form factor.

    May 19th, 2007 at 5:33 pm

  35. Freezo says:

    Steve (way up) put it right: “The advantages of a Mac are, for the most part, intangible things like “ease of useâ€? and “good designâ€?.

    Exactly. Once you get past the whizz-bang hardware spec list and sit down at your computer to actually use it – that’s when you find out how much money those intangible things are worth.

    Especially for older people that expect a computer to ‘just work’ and ‘be friendly’, a Mac is far superior. Just try some basic scenarios with both platforms, like working with pictures from a digital camera or burning an audio CD for use in the car. You’ll find that the Mac experience is easier and more coherent.

    I work with both platforms. It always amazes me that a PC tends to draw attention to the hardware or the OS and its inner workings, whereas a Mac just sits there and invites me to go and do something useful or creative.

    June 2nd, 2007 at 2:33 pm

  36. Freezo says:

    On the Apple TV: that thing is just dead in the water here in Europe.

    In The Netherlands (where I live) the shops can’t sell their Full-HD screens fast enough and practically everyone I know has these tiny speakers behind their couch that indicate a full home cinema sound system is in use.

    And now Apple expects to sell a device that will not do more than 1280×720 at 24 frames/sec, does not support Dolby Digital or DTS and will not play DVDs off a network? Conversion is possible; you just lose all menus, multiple audio tracks, switchable subtitles and multiple angles. Nah.

    Of course, it doesn’t help that the iTMS doesn’t offer serious video content here in Europe.

    June 2nd, 2007 at 2:47 pm

  37. Ian says:

    Just thought I would add that users outside the U.S. pay even more for .Mac (and most other things). In the UK it costs £60 which at the current rate is $119.85.

    For me the key benefit of .Mac would be Backup and I’ve not heard good things about it. I’ve now found software called iBackup which does the same thing, doesn’t require registration or passwords to remember, and it’s FREE!

    June 24th, 2007 at 11:47 am

  38. 6 "things" you need to do immediately says:

    Move out of your mom’s basement. Seriously.

    1) Go work for apple / don’t use their sub-par products.

    2) Apple will never drop prices for you… or your mom. Which is why you should move out of her basement. That’s how economics works.

    3) Get a real job.

    4) ACTUALLY move out of your mom’s basement.

    5) If Apple could manifest itself into human form, you would have sex with it. Admit it.

    6) Disregard this post.

    July 22nd, 2007 at 6:21 pm

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  40. Neil Mathieson says:

    .Mac seems to be an OK service, but all that it does, or most of it is free with a Google Mail account and their web based offerings.
    Word processors, spreadsheets, calenders, photo management, it goes on and on,…….
    It’s all free and if you take the time to learn it, works well.

    I bought the one year .Mac service with my iMac 24″ extreme, but will not renew it after it expires.

    BTW my iMac is a far better computer than a windows vista based machine.
    I installed Ubuntu Linux on my PC instead of vista since buying the iMac and it is better than windows vista as well.

    The Microsoft software experience is like being slowly pecked to death by chickens,……..

    October 17th, 2007 at 7:55 am

  41. Steven says:

    I’ve never given this a try, but I think it’s about time I do.

    April 2nd, 2009 at 9:22 pm

  42. Fred says:

    Hey Brainiac,

    Looks like you are incredibly wrong – again!

    Enjoy your turkey at Thanksgiving!


    November 5th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

  43. Fred says:

    did you ever move out of your mom’s basement?

    November 5th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

  44. Fred says:

    …inquiring minds and all that rubbish

    but, seriously, did you have to fumigate? those stale pizza boxes and redbull cans are rodent/insect magnets!

    no, really, seriously, it’s ok if you are still there with momzy. this economic downturn is such a bitch. probably can’t find an empty rooming house anywhere! so sad. :-(

    November 5th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

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