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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Dell: The Journey (Video)

Prepare to be disturbed. Here's Dell's newest commercial, featuring a couple of renowned IT personalities such as Michael Dell, Oracle's Larry Ellison and Intel's Paul Otellini, among others. I'm not sure how I should react to this ad, should I be laughing or crying? Enjoy the show!

Clad in body armor and armed with his trusty sword, an animated Michael Dell leads down-trodden customers from Proprietaryville to the bliss of Global Standardopolis. Joining him on this musical journey are EMC's Joe Tucci, Oracle's Larry Ellison, AMD's Hector Ruiz and Intel's Paul Otellini. Can our band of heroes defeat the evil "Big Iron" dragon and lead their customers to the Global Standardopolis? This video opened Dell's keynote address at Oracle Open World.


  • Why doesn't Dell offer low end
    Desktop Linux computers like these companies do?

    In my opinion Dell is still a Microsoft lapdog.

    By Blogger cyber_rigger, at 3:18 PM  

  • what.. the.. fuck.. dude...

    note to dell: please stop spiking water coolers with LSD

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:26 PM  

  • Regarding the video...wow. Just wow.

    Just because they don't offer "low-end" Linux machines doesn't mean they're a Microsoft lapdog. Not everyone wants dirt-cheap hardware to run Linux on.

    Dell is obviously only selling high-end, professional grade hardware stuff in their Linux section. The probably don't want to have to deal with the extra support they'd have to provide if they sold consumer-level products with Linux.


    I'm not necessarily defending Dell (I really don't like them much, to be honest), but gross over-generalizations are annoyingly worthless.

    Good link though.

    By Blogger theMatt, at 3:39 PM  

  • Here are some annoy misdirections from Dell (and HP). Dell is still trying to promote the Windows desktop, even to people looking for Linux.

    By Blogger cyber_rigger, at 4:22 PM  

  • Dude...
    I bet there's a good reason why Dell promotes Windows machines more than their puny Linux offerings, and it probably has something to do with money. Simple economics. It makes sense, and does nothing to support the "lapdog" claim. Profits are profits. Nor does pointing at Google AdSense/Sponsored Link results. If anything, that's Google's algorithms being cracked out.

    And then there's the minor detail that the vast majority of the thread you linked to has to do with HP's uncoolness...which has nothing to do with this post! Yeah, HP is lame, but how does that relate to the hilarious video-on-crack that totally makes fun of Dell (and others)?

    I really do agree with most of what you're saying. If HP really is pulling the underhanded stunt you say they are, shame on them. But some (mostly broken) links posted in a random forum, and mostly off-topic comments in a blog or two won't change anything.

    That chat transcript you posted in the LXer thread is good. Do more of that. Make a screencast of it actually happening. Document the process of bait-n-switch on HP's website rather than just linking to it. Build a community around this cause, and get people involved in putting pressure on these companies.

    One instance of making a confused chat-support minion have a bad day probably won't do much. A hundred people might be able to.

    I'm done being off-topic now.

    By Blogger theMatt, at 7:58 PM  

  • Holy crap on a stick! After dealing with repairs on Dell personal computers for years, this sudden bitching about "Proprietaryville" from them makes me want to projectile vomit.

    Worst offenders I've seen by far for proprietary hardware--Dell.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:35 PM  

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