Mac vs. Windows: The “McDo WiFi Guide” Revelation

This McDonald’s brochure for the store’s WiFi Guide paints a clear picture between the Windows and the Mac OS X operating systems; but that really depends on where you’re coming from.

The brochure shows step-by-step instructions on how to connect to the McDo WiFi and it clearly shows the Windows operating system taking 2 out fo the 3 pages while it’s barely half a page for the Mac {via}.

There’s a catch though — the instructions for connecting WiFi on Windows OS includes 3 variants — XP, Vista and Win 7; while on the Mac, it’s just one (they didn’t bother separating Tiger, Leopard and Lion).

Second, the instructions for the Windows users assumed that the PC is set up manually and needs to be changed to Automatic. ON the Mac, they assumed the network is set to Automatic.

Of course, depending on what operating system you frequently use, one might have a totally different understanding.

A Mac user would say “reminds me why I chose the Mac in the first place.“.

A Windows user would say “well, now we know who’s the nerd, right?“.

So, what would you say?

58 Comments on this Post

  1. Never had a problem connecting to wifi on windows.. unless there is a third party driver that conflicts to the native wifi network of windows. It’s just easy as the one on mac.. Meron pa ba talaga hindi marunong mag wifi? I’m sure if you have a laptop, you then know how to connect to a wifi network.

  2. rene
    Twitter: rene

    it’s mcdo who is over estimating…

  3. Messie

    So many witty (and some dumb) comments! I wish I can up/downvote here similar to reddit. Panalo iyung iba eh! haha! =D Keep it coming guys!

  4. just get a mac n try it out. stop saying windows does wifi better. windows wins on a lot of feats but not in simple wifi connections. both op systems have their share of flaws.

  5. well, windows 7 configures much faster than vista or xp. although it doesnt configure as fast as the mac’s. but if one needs to set up a proxy server, it’s virtually the same.

  6. Jonaflormicfren
    Twitter: daniojr

    It all depends to the one who wants to use it.

  7. Iyan Sommerset
    Twitter: iyansommerset

    I’m guessing the person who created the brochure hasn’t used a Windows PC at all and needed to download a guide from the internet.

    All I did was boot up my Win7 netbook, click on “WiFi networks detected” and clicked on the McDo WiFi option.

    Flaw in their logic though – most WinXP systems use proprietary WiFi control software. I personally know the Intel ProSet controls differ significantly from the ones used by Atheros and Broadcom chips and that some override the stock WinXP wireless controls so that you *have* to use the proprietary control software.

    And kawawa naman mga naka-Linux, no love from McDo. :P Kahit Ubuntu man lang, being the one distro geared towards non-geeks.

    • radioactive_balut

      Don’t worry we Linux users can deal with our wifi connections with or without “how to connect” guides. It’s not as difficult as everybody thinks it was.

    • @ radioactive_balut

      exactly! nung una nga halos mga programmer lang gumagamit nyan. buti nga ngaun may mga easy to install ng mga distro. most of them doesn’t need a dumb guide like that to operate a computer.

    • gothiccreed

      The fact you’ve chosen Linux as your operating system simply means you’re ready for troubleshooting challenges even if distros like Ubuntu are now on the market.

    • gothiccreed

      Yeah…. poor linux users….

      Next thing you know that linux user wielding an old circa 2000 toshiba laptop already have all the details of your surfing because you’re not really connected to Mcdo’s wiki router but to his/her dummy access point :)

    • radioactive_balut

      ^hahaha indeed. Aircrack baby!

  8. User45

    I don’t really get the idea of going to Mcdo or any Public WiFi area you could thing of and use your laptop (Mac/Win) to surf the net. That’s why they invented the tablet and the smartphone.

  9. No big deal for me. The goal of the brochure is to help either type of users. Although I must commend Apple that their design is well-thought of, there’s very little need to change how the user interface looks like (or where to look for things) even when they upgrade their OS.

    Windows is the primary product of Microsoft (is it still?), so they need to make the user feel unsatisfied somehow for each upgrade. Apple’s primary business is hardware, so they make you feel unsatisfied on the hardware end whenever a new one comes.

  10. Tried this in my android tab. It works fine

  11. magdiwang

    +1 radioactive_balut

  12. +2 radioactive_balut

  13. Macdo ee hahaha Microsoft p din ako haha

  14. japong

    Windows differ on the wifi card drivers as PC has different hardware options/manufacturers, while a mac is a mac.

  15. Epstein

    Why does McDo think that an average Windows user have the WiFi settings on manual? By default, Windows has it on “Automatic” it does not change to manual by itself. I find that weird. If the user have the settings on manual obviously he or she knows how to change it back to automatic. All that McDo has to say is “Hey! We use automatic Wi-Fi settings!”

    I use both Windows and Ubuntu. I find the logic weird. What if the Mac is on manual settings?

  16. Wakocoke

    Windows = Nerds
    Mac = Tech Noobs

  17. What about us Linux users? ;)

  18. mac is build out of commonsense.


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