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Microsoft CEO Signs Student's Mac Laptop

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the your-autograph-please dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 34

Liz Str8 writes "When Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, spoke at a Nashville Technology Council event held at Trevecca Nazarene University, he participated in a 'meet and greet' session with students from local colleges and universities. At that event, a Trevecca student asked Ballmer to sign his Mac laptop. In an action that Tech Flash blogger Todd Bishop described as 'a scene that will make Mac fans feel like they're watching Thomas Kinkade scribble on a Van Gogh,' Ballmer graciously agreed to do so — right across the Mac logo."

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I could have been there.... (1)

bsharp8256 (1372285) | more than 4 years ago | (#30863352)

I remember getting the email from my CS professor about the event. I didn't make it.

Obviously... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30867464)

...he did it for the lulz

Why do people like to write MAC in ALL CAPITALS? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30867670)

I've seen this a few times, so let's clear the air:
Mac = The brand-name for a line of computers that Apple, Inc. develops, markets, and sells.
MAC = Media Access Control (Ethernet, etc.), or Mandatory Access Control (SELnux, etc.)

Re:Why do people like to write MAC in ALL CAPITALS (4, Funny)

brxndxn (461473) | more than 4 years ago | (#30870640)

You're pushing the nerd envelope - even for Slashdot..

Re:Why do people like to write MAC in ALL CAPITALS (1)

muphin (842524) | more than 4 years ago | (#30902078)

Because its an acronym for Machintosh Apple Computer

Re:Why do people like to write MAC in ALL CAPITALS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31006474)

Except it isn't - Macintosh is the product name. It is an Apple Macintosh, like Dell Inspiron, Mac is short for Macintosh and is not, nor has it ever been, an acronym for Macintosh Apple Computer...

Nobody calls the Dell PCs IDCs (an acronym for Inspiron Dell Computer)

Jeez, where do these people get their facts?!?

Re:Why do people like to write MAC in ALL CAPITALS (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 4 years ago | (#31006498)

It's Macintosh.

And is that really a fact or something made up just because it happened to work?

I for sure use it as a short for macintosh.

Re:Why do people like to write MAC in ALL CAPITALS (1)

MrShaggy (683273) | more than 4 years ago | (#30906970)

MAC'liness = GOD'liness

Re:Why do people like to write MAC in ALL CAPITALS (1)

StripedCow (776465) | more than 4 years ago | (#30932070)

Media Access Control, now that exactly covers what Apple has been doing with its app-store and its DRM'ed iTunes.

Nice video (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 4 years ago | (#30874334)

Makes him feel more like a 'real' person then someone who feels too high and mighty, like most celebs in a magazine. Also shows he has a sense of humour and didn't just snub them for asking that.

Two things I don't understand: (2, Funny)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 4 years ago | (#30874834)

1st: How can someone be in the same room as Ballmer and control the impulse to insult, hurt and humiliate him.
2nd: How can someone destroy a laptop like that. Now it needs to burn to be purified :)

Re:Two things I don't understand: (2, Funny)

_merlin (160982) | more than 4 years ago | (#30910848)

Ballmer's actually a good guy when you're having a beer with him. I've never had to work for him - he might be a total dick as a boss - but I wouldn't mind meeting him again for another beer.

Re:Two things I don't understand: (0)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 4 years ago | (#30914016)

You are trolling, right?

Re:Two things I don't understand: (2, Interesting)

_merlin (160982) | more than 4 years ago | (#30929834)

No, I'm serious. I met him at an IEEE 802.11 working group conference once. He was a cool guy when he had a beer in his hand.

Re:Two things I don't understand: (1)

yurtinus (1590157) | more than 4 years ago | (#30956136)

So... you're in the same room as the guy and your biggest worry is about *you* not humiliating *him* ??

Shouldn't you have more pressing issues on your mind? Like ducking that incoming chair?

Re:Two things I don't understand: (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 4 years ago | (#31006534)

Now it needs to burn to be purified :)

Hey, it was an Apple product*. I don't know which one is worst but it's not like it wasn't doomed in the first place.

* Rewrote mac into Apple product just because macs used to be nice and was (together with the OS) one of the interesting products from Apple. Nowadays I wouldn't give the hardware any merits but I still don't want to pretend like macs have always sucked or that I have anything against them by default.

I wonder what he wrote on it. (3, Interesting)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 4 years ago | (#30885368)

It looks like he wrote a note or something on it. I love how he looks away from the crowd and towards the ground a lot. For being such a big guy with a large personality, he doesn't carry himself with a lot of confidence.

Re:I wonder what he wrote on it. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30888610)

It looks like he wrote a note or something on it.

As far as I can read it, he wrote "Need a new one?"

Re:I wonder what he wrote on it. (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31001576)

Obviously neither of you read TFA, because it already stated that:

And the Microsoft CEO eagerly obliged, signing his name directly on top of the Apple logo and then adding the note, "Need a new one?"

(TFA? Who reads that?)

Re:I wonder what he wrote on it. (1)

llvllatrix (839969) | more than 4 years ago | (#31034118)

Laptops, laptops, laptops?

Who would have thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30897166)

that Steve-O has a sense of humor and can be a good guy?
I errrrrrr..... he also is balding on purpose, works out daily and has tons to cash!

Re:Who would have thought (1)

NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) | more than 4 years ago | (#30902074)

that Steve-O has a sense of humor and can be a good guy? I errrrrrr..... he also is balding on purpose, works out daily and has tons to cash!

If you are a cyber criminal and zoom in on the photogragh, you have his signature. Silly man. talk about signing your life away. This is why I have two signatures. One is not good enough nowadays. Anyone want to order a blow up doll in his name! *chuckle*

Re:Who would have thought (1)

MrShaggy (683273) | more than 4 years ago | (#30906992)

As long as the doll can look like Bill Gates.

Re:Who would have thought (1)

NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) | more than 4 years ago | (#30909336)

As long as the doll can look like Bill Gates.

Shaggy! Scooby doobie doooooooo!

Re:Who would have thought (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 4 years ago | (#31006572)

As long as the doll can look like Bill Gates.

A very surprised Bill Gates.

What's the big deal? (2, Interesting)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#30906876)

All modern Macs are perfectly capable of running Windows, or even running both MacOS and Windows at the same time using Boot Camp, Parallels, etc. Furthermore, Microsoft Office has been available for Macs forever; Microsoft is a major Mac software provider. Unlike his comments about Google, Ballmer has never said "I'm gonna kill mother fucking Apple!" I just don't see why Ballmer signing a Mac has any significance at all.

Re:What's the big deal? (2, Insightful)

bsharp8256 (1372285) | more than 4 years ago | (#30908782)

All modern Macs are perfectly capable of running Windows, or even running both MacOS and Windows at the same time using Boot Camp, Parallels, etc. Furthermore, Microsoft Office has been available for Macs forever; Microsoft is a major Mac software provider. Unlike his comments about Google, Ballmer has never said "I'm gonna kill mother fucking Apple!" I just don't see why Ballmer signing a Mac has any significance at all.

He's just never been caught saying "I'm gonna kill mother fucking Apple!"

Re:What's the big deal? (1)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | more than 4 years ago | (#30910098)

Microsoft Office has been available for Macs forever; Microsoft is a major Mac software provider

And a large shareholder of Apple.

I just don't see why Ballmer signing a Mac has any significance at all.

Umm... it's a slashdot holy war? No signifcance at all.

Re:What's the big deal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31003546)

You're right it's insignificant because more and more Slashdot is becoming insignificant.

Re:What's the big deal? (1)

ArundelCastle (1581543) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009690)

I just don't see why Ballmer signing a Mac has any significance at all.

Because people, including myself, like to forget that Microsoft helped Apple out in 1997 [wired.com] to the tune of $150 Million.
So that we don't have to entertain the thought of thanking MS that Apple survived long enough for the product to exist.

This story is far less significant than Bill Gates face on the big screen [youtube.com] at an Apple keynote.
Boos, then cheers. Classic. Say hi to the new Apple.

$$ Anyone? (1)

SeeSp0tRun (1270464) | more than 4 years ago | (#30940458)

Sell that on eBay, and there's a year of student loans paid off.

Missed opportunity (1)

DarthBling (1733038) | more than 4 years ago | (#30955156)

Meh.

I would of had him sign a chair instead.

Pilgrims in an unholy land... (1)

jrister (922621) | more than 4 years ago | (#31023110)

This reminds me of the scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Indy gets pushed into the crowd and Hitler takes the Grail Diary and autographs it. I should make clear that I dont care for Mac or Micro$haft either one. Just the imagery and irony of it all...
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