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Tony Profeta
Incorrigible Professor of the potential in Human Centered Design.
Incorrigible Professor of the potential in Human Centered Design.

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This story does is a good read showing what real users do when given choice over propaganda.
I can't make this stuff up

I'm sitting in a Starbucks doing random whatever over an iced americano. While I waiting for my drink, I watched a guy with his friend, pick up a newspaper; and start to remark on the Samsung Apple verdict.

Guy: "Wait, so what they're saying is, Samsung is the same as Apple?"
Friend: "I know, right? Makes me think twice about how much I paid for my Mac Book"
Guy: "Seriously"

Not 10 minutes later, a husband and wife, same newspaper:

Husband: "... Samsung's iPad is the same as Apple's iPad, and I paid how much for the Apple one? Honey, I told you they were a ripoff", after looking up the Samsung tablet on his iPhone.
Wife: "Oh wow," looking at the screen, "... that's a lot cheaper. Think we can return it?"

I put my Samsung QX410 on my table, and started to plug in, when he leans over to me, "Sorry, you don't mind if I ask, how much did you pay for your Samsung laptop?"

"Oh, no worries, it was $700." I replied. 

I watched shock overcome his face, like actual shock. He looked at me, blankly, for an awkward amount of time, "Mind if I have a look?" he asked. 

So, I obliged, and showed him a few things. He commented on Windows 7, so I opened up my virtual machine of OS/X... By the time the conversation was over, he was ready to kick Cupertino in the nuts, I think.

... Now, the punchline: 

I'm writing this post after the FOURTH group of Starbucks patrons have made the connection that Samsung is now the same as Apple. They don't know the details, they don't really care, what they know is Apple is saying that Samsung is the same as Apple ... and with one simple Google Search, you get prices that are basically half for what seems to be the same products -- for nearly everything. 

Two of these groups (including the husband/wife) asked me about my Samsung laptop, the second group noticed my Galaxy phone (also by Samsung)... Best billion dollar ad-campaign Samsung ever had.

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Well if the branding wasn't clear enough... the $200 dozen oysters makes it crystal:) 

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A friend sent me this link to a post that I wrote about Dreamweaver CS5.5 While slightly embarrassing, I stand by every word. The recently announced DWCS6 promises to be just as captivating. I love its new responsive web and CSS3 tools. Long live the Green Lady of the web!

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And so it begins...

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If SNL really wants to be compelling this should be the next act they book:

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Today's Doodle has got to be a top 10!
Happy B-Day Dickens.

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Free Webcast next Wednesday. As a long time follower of Purdy's (lifehacker) writing I am sure that this will be both entertaining and full of great tips.

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"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"
-Paraphrase attributed to the combined work of Edmund Burke

Congrats to Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution!
My wife first told me the Mickey D news this morning and strangely my mid jumped to Mr Oliver's tearful defeat on tv. Strange that I would remember the clip and even more-so that I would still feel badly about it nearly 2 years later.
Good work Chef!!!

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Funny was actually thinking about Sloane today.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (2012 Reveal Trailer)
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