Sunday, January 20, 2008

My Favorite TV Ad

This is my favorite TV commercial of all time.

17 comments:

jenn said...

I like that ad. You do think differently than a lot of people and you make people think "outside the box". I like that about you!

Charles North said...

Thank you! Some people think it's just stirring the pot.

jenn said...

Well, sometimes it is! You are very good at stirring the pot.

ChristianTechonlogist said...

All that over a piece of fruit?

Charles North said...

Yeah! But it is very sweet fruit. Addictive. Those who taste its bountiful pleasures will never go back.

Mark said...

Great ad... I figured it was an Apple thing.

I know Apple will always have its place in the multimedia world. But, other than the iPod, I wonder if Apple will become the standard in the hands of the "Common Man."

Because of their price structure (systems and software) and the limited storefronts, most home computer users will, by default, continue to use Windows based systems. The apple continues to be a bit of an "Elite" item reserved for those "discerning" home computer and notebook users.

Very few businesses outside of the multimedia world support Apple. And, because of it's lack of compatibility, many businesses do not offer connectivity with the iPhone. The Blackberry is still the phone of choice for communications and managing business data.

Obviously, Apple's business model is working rather well. I just think they have some large obstacles to overcome if they want to continue to gain market share and not begin loosing ground again.

I do applaud Apple for sticking it out there and pushing technology to the user. I am not overly impressed with the new MACBook Air (no dvd player? Come on...) but, I've got to say, it's good to see the Solid State Drive option available. I know you can config a few notebooks on Dell to include the SSD, but those are higher priced notebooks.

Still, no DVD? What were they thinking? It's like the iPod not having AM/FM... (Oh, the Zune has AM/FM).

Charles North said...

That would be the ultimate iPod - with am/fm! We still need to get together some time.

Mark said...

Hmmm... Apple had lackluster earnings this last quarter? Have they Plateaued? We'll see if the MacBook Air gives them a boost (I'm guessing "no")

Charles North said...

I think you're right - the macbook air is a gimmick, it's not the next big thing.

jenn said...

I thought it looked pretty cool. Why is it not the "next big thing?"

Charles North said...

I don't know - gut feeling I guess. I think putting the touchscreen technology used in the iphone into a laptop computer is the next big thing. I hope we're close to it - I'll run to the nearest Apple store!!!

Mark said...

The only real "new" feature is the seemingly eco friendly monitor. The computer is a bit more "green."

SSDs have been out for a bit and have already made their way to other systems.

Charles, touch screen technology has already made it onto some of the tablet pcs out there. I don't know if its quite to the level of the iTouch/iPhone.

What I would like is something along the lines of an iPhone size all-in one computer that can dock to a variety of monitor, keyboard, components. Something to the effect of any hotel/business having a monitor/keyboard docking station and all you have to do is bring the computer.

Tommy Riggs said...

Let's take this a different direction. Seeing the pictures of the "change agents" caught my attention more than the apple.

It did remind me of an excert from the book Jurassic Park (JP)and an article by Milton Jones in th Jan/Feb issue of 21st Century Christian. Jones quotes from Ian Malcom's discourse in JP regarding "Life at the Edge of Chaos." and concludes that "the edge of chaos" is where churches are today. In the book Ian says....

Complex systems tend to locate themselves at a place we call the edge of chaos. We imagine the edge of chaos as a place where there is enough innovation to keep a living system vibrant, and enough stability to keep it from collapsing into anarchy. It is a zone of conflict and upheaval, where the old and the new are constantly at war. Finding the balance point must be a delicate matter--if a living system drifts too close, it risks falling over into incoherence and dissolution; but if the system moves too far away from the edge, it becomes rigid, frozen, totalitarian…Both conditions lead to extinction. Too much change is as destructive as too little. Only at the edge of chaos can complex systems flourish.

Milton adds....

Some churches today are changing so rapidly...for the purpose of reaching more people...only to backfire, resulting in smaller numbers. And then the churches that have refused to change have lost people in their rigidity.

Implications? Thoughts?

Charles North said...

Tommy. Those are really good thoughts. The edge of chaos - I really like that! I would love to do a study sometime comparing Apple's remarkable turnaround over the past 10 years with churches that are either declining or growing. I bet there are a lot of parallels.

Bill Jordan said...

Take a look at this if you want some tips on dealing with chaos.

www.chacocanyon.com/pointlookout/010919.shtml

ChristianTechonlogist said...

Bill, I enjoyed the article. Thanks for sharing it with us.

J.R. said...

I don't fit inside the box, so I feel like I will change the world some day. I'm just working up to it right now. I have to experience a few things before the breakout.


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