Okay, I have got to give incredible props to Guy Goma, a business school graduate from the Congo and a prospective IT worker who showed up at the BBC for a job interview, and ended up getting mistaken for Guy Kewney, a British expert on technology. When you go into a room and suddenly realize that you are on the air, being asked about the Apple Computer versus Apple Music trademark dispute, what do you do?
b) Struggle to get a word in edgewise explaining the announcer’s mistake.
c) Wing it, baby! Wing it!
Hey, he gave honest answers to all the questions posed to him, and let the hilarious fall-out land where it may. It was a bit funnier when the competing news agencies reported that he was a cabbie (although one wonders about the thinking that went on behind that mistake), but the look on his face when he realizes what was happening is just a joy to behold. And you really do have to appreciate his ability to run with this situation, and not panic.
_Update Nov 4, 2007: Contrary to the rumour Cameron mentions at the end of the comments, Guy Goma is still in the UK, having resolved his Visa problems a few years beforehand. I don’t know if he’s found his IT job, but he has become a minor celebrity. Good on you, Guy!
Paying for Extra Style
Speaking of Apple Computers, they released their new MacBook today, their Intel replacement of their low-end iBooks. I have to admit that I’m salivating over their new black model. It will make an excellent replacement to Erin’s seven-year-old iMac. But compare the prices and the specifications for a second.
First of all, I’m pleased that the low, low-end model is about the same price I paid for my 12 inch iBook. For the same amount of money, I can get a faster processor, a larger hard drive, a bigger screen; that’s all good. But compare the higher-end “white” model with the higher-end “black” model. Other than an 80 Gb hard drive instead of a 60 Gb hard drive, the specs for the black model are the same as the high-end white, but it’s $200 higher (in Canadian dollars). Now, if you select the high-end white and upgrade to the 80 Gb drive, you add just $60 to your price.
Unless there are other differences in the specs that I’m missing, a quick calculation tells me that you’re paying $140 CDN for a spiffy black exterior. Which is a neat thing, but I’m not sure if it’s $140 more neat.
Ah, well. Apple’s laptops still rock.
Link again courtesy the unofficial Apple weblog.