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BBC's brainless Mac vs PC test

What was the point of the BBC asking a Microsoft employee to test a Mac Plus against a modern-day Windows PC?

This rather silly experiment was undertaken by MSN technology editor Jane Douglas as part of the BBC's celebration of the Macintosh computer's 25th anniversary.

MSN tech editor Jane Douglas

Douglas looked bemused by the older computer's reliance on floppy disks, and so came to the staggering conclusion that she prefers her Windows laptop.

Just to make the stunt even more pointless, the BBC could come up with only a Mac Plus - dating from 1986. That's 23 years ago, guys.

Perhaps the funniest thing that this exercise in squandering TV licence fees comes up with is the fact that Microsoft employee and top MSN tech journalist Douglas still uses Windows XP.

Mac vs Windows XP

Not Windows Vista.

Not Windows 7.

But Windows XP, which is a mere 15 years younger than the Apple Mac Plus.

I suppose Jonathan Ross must be glad that the BBC has managed to out dimwit his own stupid stunt on the same day that he returns to the airwaves after a three-month suspension.

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