Multimedia Gulch flips the bird
It was inevitable, I suppose. They were obviously asking for it to be hacked. In fact, I saw a forwarded email that said they had a team waiting in the wings for just such an occasion. Who? Microsoft, when they were putting those giant “This Way to the Internet” billboards everywhere. You’ve probably seen them, or maybe the print or TV ads. The icon they use is a white digitalized hand, index finger pointing skyward, and it pretty much provokes the same response in everyone who sees it: “wouldn’t it be great if that was the middle finger pointing skyward? Someone oughtta change it.” Well, one night, someone did.
This billboard sits across Third Street from where I work in San Francisco — the very heart of Multimedia Gulch. This is a part of the world where there is no love lost for any product that starts with the word Microsoft, (with the possible exception for the grudging respect shown for Internet Explorer). For better or worse, it is a virtual Mac & Unix island. Let’s put it this way, I’ll betcha that the percentage of people using Windows to develop Web sites for a living is directly inverse to the percentage of those who use Windows to actually look at those sites.