Posts Tagged ‘zune’

Saving Microsoft’s Bacon: Those “Illegal” Windows Phone + Maroon 5 Sidewalk Ads Clean Up With a Quickness, Actually

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Now, the way that the Mission Local was talking, I was thinking that Microsoft was heading for a six-figure headache over the whole Windows Phone / Maroon 5* / AT&T semi-permanent-chalk sidewalk ad illegality imbroglio.

But then when you look at these glowing green ad things on Valencia and when you grab a random abandoned bottle of liquid something (turned out to be soap, the nozzle’s mostly busted) sitting on top of a trash can nearby and then you start scrubbing to see how hard it is and then two minutes later, the ad is gone, más o menos, bingo bango.

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Not so tough now, are you, Windows 7 Phone ad?

(To do the job properly, what you’d need is a floor brush from Chizhou City Changsheng Wooden Handicraft Factory or someplace.)

So, problem solved. Now, I know only one thing:

I gots to get paid.

I knows I gots to get paid. ’Cause I just saved your bacon, Microsoft / Waggener Edstrom Worldwide.

Now, as previously noted, I desire a 64GB Zune with AV Dock but not so much that I’d actually go out and pay for one.

Have your people get in touch with my people.

And, of course, mum’s the word and Bob’s your uncle…

*BTW, the concert’s already over with – I would have told you about it but I find the Maroon 5 oppressively girly and then you probably would have had to do a lot of hurry-up-and-wait to actually garner admission.

“Melinda Gates Bans Apple Products From The Gates Household” But is That Really So Bad? No iPads, No iPods, Just Zunes

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Don’t ever try to smuggle an Apple product into the house of Melinda Gates, cause she’s just not having it.

Now, Melinda, what if one of your children says, “Mom, I have to have an iPod?The reply:

“I have gotten that argument — ‘You may have a Zune.’”

What she means is a Zune HD, which is Microsoft’s version of an iPod Touch. Let’s learn about it, after a quick photo shoot that happened when Seattle turned aqua blue, for some reason.

MG in the lab, for some reason:

And we’re back.

Now, I myself have a Zune HD – they were going for $140-something just a few days ago but just this moment they’re a big higher at the Amazon. The primary reason I got it was to avoid any iTunes conflicts with my iPod Classic, one that’s been happily chugging along since ought-four. Anyway, compared with an iPod Touch, the Zune HD is cheaper, smaller, faster, smarter what with its OLED screen and NVIDIA chip and whatnot. And it’ll easily fit into the secret pocket of the right front pocket of your blue jeans, so that’s a bonus. I’m at a loss as to why it doesn’t have rocker buttons on the side for volume, but oh well.

Your takeaway is that Apple lowered prices of the iPod Touch line solely due to the arrival of the Zune HD, so you benefit from this piece of machinery regardless.

Anyway, if you’re reading this, Melinda, and you’re still in a you may have a Zune mood, I’ll gladly take a 64GB with the AV Dock, just have your people email me.

And, I’ll thank you sincerely – I won’t feel like I’m being deprived or nothing.

Zune HD rULeZ!

Can the Scrappy Little Zune HD Take on the iPod Touch and the Borg that is Apple?

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Here it is, the Apple Borg Store at Market and Stockton in Union Square. It’s packed these days with people checking out the new iPod Touch.

See? The greeters at the door sometimes say, “We are Borg. You will be assimilated.” They know they’re not supposed to say that, but sometimes they’ll forget and say it anyway.

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But what’s this? Straight out of Seattle (by way of China) comes the new Zune HD!

Its message? “Hello from Seattle.” That’s what it says right on the left edge of this tiny little thing. See?

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First read up on “From OLED to Tegra: Five Myths of the Zune HD“ from the Apple fan-boys (you know, to get up to speed ‘n stuff) and then tune in to this blog later on to get the first impressions (like digital radio – how does that work in hilly San Francisco) of the new mp3 player from the kids at Microsoft.

It’ll be fun.