In the UK there’s a twice-weekly consumer affairs show on national BBC TV called ”
Watchdog ” that has a team of telephone operators — and they all use iMacs, reports Steve Harman.
“But there’s a twist!” he said. “Each of the twice-weekly shows has a different set color, and to reflect this they change the color of iMac to suit! Wednesdays, it’s orange, Fridays it’s grape! Thinking about it, aren’t they a little behind on the current models? Maybe the set design will change to a Ruby and Indigo look.”
Speaking of the UK, a G3 PowerBook features prominently in a new advertisement for Barclaycard, Britain’s most popular credit card. The advert, as the folks in the UK call ’em, features Angus Deayton (a popular presenter of shows such as “Have I Got News For You,” a satirical news quiz on BBC1). The advert is based around shopping on the net as being far easier than going to the shops, according to a reader from England.
Early this week Jack Nouws saw a Dutch program on science, “Noorderlicht,” which aired during prime time on public television. The subject was sleep and interviewed was Bob Stickgold of the Harvard Medical School.
“Stickgold is worried that sleep is considered a luxury you can do without, as people seem to think in the US,” Nouws said. “To illustrate he told this anecdote: Bill Gates proudly once stated his programmers could do without sleep for 72 hours, when facing a deadline. Stickgold concluded with a smile, ‘Yes, and the result is Windows.’ Stickgold uses Macs extensively for his research, by the way.”
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