Mac vs. PC via McDonald's Wi-Fi guide

A McDonald's Wi-Fi user guide inadvertently illustrates the relative complexity of Windows versus the simplicity of a Mac.

In an effort to help customers troubleshoot Wi-Fi connections, McDonald's has painted a stark portrayal of the difference between the Windows and Mac experience.

This Twitpic post is a prickly reminder of the ghosts of Windows past. In the photo (below), McDonald's makes a valiant effort to help hapless owners of laptops running Windows Vista or XP make a Wi-Fi connection in its restaurants. Inadvertently, the photo--based, apparently, on a dated McDonald's pamphlet--also makes a statement on the complexity of Windows versus Apple's Mac.

As is immediately apparent, the pamphlet shows the connection to a Mac with OS X as a snap.

McDonald's step-by-step guide for customers who 'need more help' to make a Wi-Fi connection makes a graphic statement about Windows vs. Mac.
McDonald's step-by-step guide for customers who 'need more help' to make a Wi-Fi connection makes a graphic statement about Windows vs. Mac. Twitpic user @macpricesaus

It's not clear how old the pamphlet is, though AT&T currently has a multi-step Windows XP tutorial on its Web site too that actually makes the McDonald's pamphlet seem positively pithy.

Needless to say, most Windows users are not going to need this kind of step-by-step setup, especially with Windows 7.

Via 9to5Mac

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Show Comments Hide Comments
Latest Galleries from CNET
Best cameras for foodie photographers (pictures)
10 mobile gadgets gone gonzo (pictures)
Apple in 2014: iPhone 6, iCloud hack, Beats and more (pictures)
The 12 most distinctive phones of 2014 (pictures)
Best mobile games of 2014
Nissan gives new Murano bold style (pictures)