Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Nov 2013 23:03 UTC

Microsoft has enlisted the reality-television series "Pawn Stars" in its ongoing campaign to bash rival Google.

An online video ad released Tuesday mimics the plot set up of "Pawn Stars," which features people toting precious or odd objects for appraisal at a Las Vegas pawn shop. In Microsoft's fictional telling, a woman is trying to trade in a Chromebook, a no-frills laptop powered by Google software.

"The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste, they have absolutely no taste."

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RE[2]: This reeks of desperation
by Morgan on Wed 27th Nov 2013 00:08 UTC in reply to "RE: This reeks of desperation"
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I've used a Chromebook, and my immediate reaction was "wow, this is pretty sweet". Then I hit the brick wall the video talks about: No wifi means no apps. It's gotten better on that front recently with offline gmail and limited local storage; I tried Hexxeh's Chromium OS build on my netbook and those features mostly worked, but I still went back to Slackware after just a few days. If I ever end up with a "real" Chromebook I'll probably just wipe and install a more useful OS.

All that said, I live in a semi-rural area on the outskirts of Atlanta, so I'm not the target market for these devices anyway. Someone who is bathed in free wifi 24/7 would probably love it.

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