Since it’s TGIF day, it must be time for Mac sightings on the small and big screens.
On Feb. 12 a newscaster on KCR TV news (a Sacramento area station) was discussing the new Anna virus that only affects Microsoft’s Entourage software running under Windows. “I’m glad I own a Mac,” he concluded.
After the Feb. 14 airing of the second part of “Haven,” a local New York City news show featured an interview with the 89-year-old author — who was working on an iMac, reports Dick Sjolund.
While watching the Feb. 14 episode of “TV Funhouse,” Brett Porter noticed that in the little chicken’s room, there’s a tiny iMac.
Ameritrade has been running an ad with a fellow at a scorekeepers’ table talking about an account. The fellow is using a PowerBook, according to Jim Polaski. He added that, in a second Ameritrade spot, a fellow is seem using what is obviously a Mac desktop.
Also, “The Jenny Jones Show” in Chicago has done some things showing their offices, with iMacs on the workers desks, Polaski said. In one segment, they even had several tables of folks collecting data on 5-10 iMacs.
“When they go to show bumpers, they also refer to the show Web site showing an illustration of an iMac,” Polaski added.
On Feb. 13, “60 Minutes” broadcast a piece on the National Security Agency and some of its problems. Also included in the show was a piece on PGP. In the scene, the rep from PGP was demonstrating it on a Power Mac and then on a PowerBook, reports Sohail Mamdani.
Polaroid’s television advertising shows people using PCs, yet when they cut to a close-up, the browser is clearly running in the Mac OS, said Brian Blank.
In a commercial during Sunday’s Fox broadcast of the Daytona Bud Shootout, Ned Jarrett was promoting Fantasy Racing for the upcoming NASCAR season. He was standing in front of a G3 PowerBook with the Apple logo in plain sight, said Bob Relos.
“Also, a week ago during the 24 hours of Daytona on Speedvision, I noted another G3 PowerBook in the announcers’ booth,” he added.
FBI agent, Clarice Starling, in the new film, “Hannibal,” uses what appears to be a Mac, as several readers pointed out.
A Star Wars fan film named Duality has just been released, and it was made entirely on Macs, said Daniel Walton.
Check it out.
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