Offbeat: Steve Ballmer signs MacBook Pro - running Windows, of course

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  • Reply 21 of 130
    Oh, it's great that he joked about it, and funny... but it doesn't look good for his company. Maybe instead of "no class", I should have said "unprofessional". Ask any business person, and they would not sign a competitors product. And they shouldn't.
  • Reply 22 of 130
    Hilarious- I love it. Way to go Steve Ballmer
  • Reply 23 of 130
    mazda 3smazda 3s Posts: 1,613member
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    Originally Posted by NewMacMan View Post


    Oh, it's great that he joked about it, and funny... but it doesn't look good for his company. Maybe instead of "no class", I should have said "unprofessional". Ask any business person, and they would not sign a competitors product. And they shouldn't.



    Microsoft doesn't have a counterpart to a MacBook Pro; so I don't see your point. Microsoft has a counterpart to OS X, and that is Windows.



    The kid was using Apple hardware, but the operating system (which he had to purchase himself) was Microsoft Windows. He's a paying customer. Why wouldn't he sign it?
  • Reply 24 of 130
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NewMacMan View Post


    Oh, it's great that he joked about it, and funny... but it doesn't look good for his company. Maybe instead of "no class", I should have said "unprofessional". Ask any business person, and they would not sign a competitors product. And they shouldn't.





    He's on camera, it's a kid at uni, and he's just making a consumer happy. At the end of the day it's what PR demands. It's putting a *human* face on Ballmer and it actually makes his company, in turn, look good.



    Seriously, what's he gonna say, "no, I'm not signing that" and walk away? Yeah, right. Would be a total nightmare for him and MS the next day.
  • Reply 25 of 130
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NewMacMan View Post


    Oh, it's great that he joked about it, and funny... but it doesn't look good for his company. Maybe instead of "no class", I should have said "unprofessional". Ask any business person, and they would not sign a competitors product. And they shouldn't.



    Again, who shoved stick up your ass!! Try yoga.

    I do not like Ballmer but lets not attack him for behaving with fun an wit.
  • Reply 26 of 130
    Apple is still Microstiff's biggest rival, it's just unprofessional as a buniness person. As a regular dude, hell yeah it's funny.
  • Reply 27 of 130
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NewMacMan View Post


    Oh, it's great that he joked about it, and funny... but it doesn't look good for his company. Maybe instead of "no class", I should have said "unprofessional". Ask any business person, and they would not sign a competitors product. And they shouldn't.



    Apple is not a direct competitor to microsoft with their hardware, and every mac with a windows is a licence at full price for M$ (hence lots of $$$ for them).
  • Reply 28 of 130
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    Originally Posted by souliisoul View Post


    Again, who shoved stick up your ass!! Try yoga.

    I do not like Ballmer but lets not attack him for behaving with fun an wit.



    You've got some kind of stick-in-the-ass fetish, lighten up, Francis.
  • Reply 29 of 130
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 6,105member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NewMacMan View Post


    Oh, it's great that he joked about it, and funny... but it doesn't look good for his company. Maybe instead of "no class", I should have said "unprofessional". Ask any business person, and they would not sign a competitors product. And they shouldn't.



    Posters here slam Apple for using commodity PC components and then express cluelessness as to why Ballmer would sign a Macbook.



    Apple is a hardware company. Microsoft is a software company. How many times has that been mentioned over the years?



    Apple even advertises that their machines runs windows? Microsoft is not competing against Apple's hardware. Who the heck cares if he is signing what (in critic's words) is essentially a gussied-up PC with an Apple logo that is running windows?



    Ballmer is being a good sport and for at least this one moment, I tip my hat to him.
  • Reply 30 of 130
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    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post


    Really, though, why on earth would he refuse?



    Imagine the negative PR all over the web the next day. What a mess. That's the last thing Ballmer and MS needs, especially now.



    What would make even bigger news is if a student went up to Steve Jobs and said " Mr Jobs would you sign my HP Envy, its running OSX, I promise.
  • Reply 31 of 130
    takeotakeo Posts: 446member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NewMacMan View Post


    You've got some kind of stick-in-the-ass fetish, lighten up, Francis.



    There are worse fetishes. LOL. Doc Johnson probably sells a product called "stick-in-the-ass"



    There really was no way to say no to the kid and not look like a total douche. He did the right thing. And by playing along and adding to the joke himself by saying "need a new one?"... I think he played it pretty well.



    I love how he chose to sign right on top of the Apple logo too!!!!!!! ARGH!!!!!! Question is... does that signature make the laptop more valuable... or less? LOL.
  • Reply 32 of 130
    Lest we not forget another OS X install: MS Office
  • Reply 33 of 130
    I'd rather have Charles Manson sign my MacBook with Sharon Tate's blood than let that buffoon touch it.
  • Reply 34 of 130
    The guy might be a shmuck, but let's face it he's the head of a huge company that in some aspects goes head to head with apple, and he did show he has a sense of humor.



    Jobs might and might not sign you never know, I think the chances are better he would get a mac, sign it and send it to the guy. That seems more like a Jobs move, hmm or he wouldn't be in a position where someone COULD ask him to sign.



    Just to clarify I'm one of those people that don't want BING even as an option on my iPhone, that being said I bet Steve B is more fun to party with then Steve J.
  • Reply 35 of 130
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    Originally Posted by extremeskater View Post


    What would make even bigger news is if a student went up to Steve Jobs and said " Mr Jobs would you sign my HP Envy, its running OSX, I promise.



    True!
  • Reply 36 of 130
    drowdrow Posts: 126member
    i think that's one of the awesomest things he's ever done.
  • Reply 37 of 130
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    Originally Posted by Takeo View Post


    There are worse fetishes. LOL. Doc Johnson probably sells a product called "stick-in-the-ass"



    There really was no way to say no to the kid and not look like a total douche. He did the right thing. And by playing along and adding to the joke himself by saying "need a new one?"... I think he played it pretty well.



    I love how he chose to sign right on top of the Apple logo too!!!!!!! ARGH!!!!!! Question is... does that signature make the laptop more valuable... or less? LOL.



    It's a lot less valuable in my eyes!
  • Reply 38 of 130
    icyfogicyfog Posts: 338member
    There's no way I'd have my Mac defaced like that.
  • Reply 39 of 130
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    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post


    Ballmer is being a good sport and for at least this one moment, I tip my hat to him.



    Indeed. Credit where it's due.
  • Reply 40 of 130
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AdamIIGS View Post


    The guy might be a shmuck, but let's face it he's the head of a huge company that in some aspects goes head to head with apple, and he did show he has a sense of humor.



    Jobs might and might not sign you never know, I think the chances are better he would get a mac, sign it and send it to the guy. That seems more like a Jobs move, hmm or he wouldn't be in a position where someone COULD ask him to sign.



    I would love to see someone take a PC to Jobs and ask him to sign it! If someone does, post that video on here, and THEN we'll have a nice discussion!
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