Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Apr 2012 19:28 UTC
Apple Steve Jobs once considered an ad-supported version of Mac OS 9. Users would see a 60-second Apple-updated commercial during boot, as well as several other ads throughout the system. This all was tied to selling operating system updates - "this is how Microsoft does it... It's like printing money", Jobs said. While the idea was financially sound, Apple decided against it because too many negatives arose.
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RE[2]: Negatives?
by zima on Thu 26th Apr 2012 22:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Negatives?"
zima
Member since:
2005-07-06

"Ads in OS" is sort of here, also in an Apple OS (isn't that what iAd is about? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IAd ...even if intrudes less - not when you just interact with the OS)

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RE[3]: Negatives?
by WorknMan on Fri 27th Apr 2012 03:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Negatives?"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Well, no... not really. iAd is more of an API for applications. And to be honest, it's a huge improvement over the Windows model, where every 'free' app you install wants to install it's own browser toolbar.

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RE[4]: Negatives?
by bassbeast on Fri 27th Apr 2012 05:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Negatives?"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

And whose fault is that? People that are either too lazy or too...well stupid, to even bother to read what a program says, in clear text with checkboxes no less, before they install software onto their system that could be doing anything! Frankly I'm shocked more programmers haven't stuck jokes in the EULAs, like "We get the right to name your first born children and drink all your beer" just because they know nobody even bothers to read or check anything anymore!

BTW if you have friends and or relatives like this? you might want to know of a place called http://ninite.com/ which will install most of the software your average user wants/needs with NO TOOLBARS and in fact no questions, just check the boxes of what you want and run it.

As for TFA you have to remember the era, we are talking OS9, an OS that was woefully behind the times and was basically shoved out the doors to buy them time to get OSX complete. Thanks to the Pepsi guy betting the farm on the lawsuit, followed by the next CEOs letting Pink/Copeland/Taligent get so bloated and messed up the only solution was to buy another OS? Well you can see why anything that would bring more revenue might have been entertained.

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RE[4]: Negatives?
by MOS6510 on Fri 27th Apr 2012 10:51 in reply to "RE[3]: Negatives?"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Browser toolbars are great. They offer a simple and sure way to fix broken computers: just deinstall them and the computer works again.

I have made a couple of people happy doing this.

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