What happens when you ask Steve Ballmer to sign a MacBook?

As most of you will hopefully know, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer is no fan of Apple products. This is pretty much to be expected, as the biggest rival of the company he runs is, indeed, Apple. With that noted, one wonders… what would happen if you asked Ballmer to sign a laptop made by Apple? The results are surprisingly mild, as one student recently found out.

When Ballmer visited Trevacca Nazarene University in Nashville a few days ago, students lined up to meet and greet the man, with some asking for signings. When he was handed a MacBook and asked to sign it, he did just that, without causing much of a fuss. However, the machine was running Windows – we've yet to find out what would happen if Ballmer was asked to sign a MacBook running OS X. Ballmer simply wrote, "Need a new one? Steve Ballmer," as you'll see from the picture and video included below, without putting it on the ground then pretending to stomp on it like he allegedly did to an iPhone last year. The incident has left many people wondering: what would happen if somebody asked Steve Jobs to sign a non-Apple branded laptop running OS X?


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It looks like someone has developed a sense of humor... If I were Steve, I would have written "best experienced with Windows 7" considering that bootcamp finally supports it. But that would not be as much amusing.

He, wonder Steve Jobs would have signed a Windows 7 laptop as day2die ask?

He handled the situation just right.

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That was actually very clever as he simply screwed up the Apple logo, which is one of the main reasons that people are bond to this machine: the logo. I find it classy! :)

Luis Mazza said,
That was actually very clever as he simply screwed up the Apple logo, which is one of the main reasons that people are bond to this machine: the logo. I find it classy! :)

+1 I thought the same. lol

You guys really think he would act any differently in front of a bunch of college students? I don't get how he's being "applauded" for acting like a professional. It's his job and how he should always act it's not like he did anything special.

Edrick Smith said,
You guys really think he would act any differently in front of a bunch of college students? I don't get how he's being "applauded" for acting like a professional. It's his job and how he should always act it's not like he did anything special.

Exactly...
It's pretty pathetic, as since it's like rewarding a 10 year old for not constantly beating you.
IMO, that went without saying.

Still, funny vid and I like it.

Glassed Silver:win

Microsoft has some reasons to love Macs. They are potential clients: Windows, Office, Games, etc all are available for mac.

hotdog963al said,
I bet he has a secret Mac somewhere in his office that he locks the door before using.

LOL Well, there ARE Macs in Redmond... Otherwise how would they develop Office for Mac?

hotdog963al said,
I bet he has a secret Mac somewhere in his office that he locks the door before using.
I know it kind of ruins the joke, but as far as I know Microsoft as a company has no problem with employees using products from other companies.

Jugalator said,
Hey, but a MacBook can run Windows 7 natively too! ;)

But I like the way he took that. :)


Albeit with ****ty drivers, but this is not MS's fault. I remember my friend dual-booting OS X and Win7 and his GPU was locked to 100%, meaning his battery life was pretty much non-existant

Jugalator said,
Hey, but a MacBook can run Windows 7 natively too! ;)

But I like the way he took that. :)

Not natively... I don't believe Boot Camp allows the OS to run natively on the device, I was under the impression this was more like virtualization...

M_Lyons10 said,

Not natively... I don't believe Boot Camp allows the OS to run natively on the device, I was under the impression this was more like virtualization...

It's native. Parallels or Fusion is virtualization...

M_Lyons10 said,

Not natively... I don't believe Boot Camp allows the OS to run natively on the device, I was under the impression this was more like virtualization...

Macs use Intel processors and other standard components now; they're basically just PCs with a fruit logo on them. The biggest difference is they use EFI instead of a BIOS which is why boot camp is needed I believe.

M_Lyons10 said,

Not natively... I don't believe Boot Camp allows the OS to run natively on the device, I was under the impression this was more like virtualization...

It definitely IS native. Get your facts right.

Skyfrog said,

Macs use Intel processors and other standard components now; they're basically just PCs with a fruit logo on them. The biggest difference is they use EFI instead of a BIOS which is why boot camp is needed I believe.

That is correct. On my MBP, the Windows 7 performance is right where it should be with the hardware. But Apple's drivers are still poor, with lots of room for improvement. The touchpad does not properly support multitouch (or near the features it does in Mac OS), and the power saving features seem quite poor (does not automatically adjust screen brightness and keyboard backlight using the light sensor, battery life just isn't as good as you can get with a Windows laptop).

At first I was dismissive about Apple intentionally making poor Windows drivers. But it is certainly not high on their priority list. All-the-same, performance-wise Windows 7 runs very well.

advancedboy said,

Albeit with ****ty drivers, but this is not MS's fault. I remember my friend dual-booting OS X and Win7 and his GPU was locked to 100%, meaning his battery life was pretty much non-existant

I remember my friend <insert story with no backing here>

Pam14160 said,
Now that is what you call Professionalism. As a Mac user I have to say he did it just right.

Absolutely. Good press for Microsoft.

Pam14160 said,
Now that is what you call Professionalism. As a Mac user I have to say he did it just right.
Definitely. That was awesome.

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lol... outdated but I am still giggling to it...