528: Windows 7

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Windows 7
Disclaimer: I have not actually tried the beta yet.  I hear it's quite pleasant and hardly Hitler-y at all.
Title text: Disclaimer: I have not actually tried the beta yet. I hear it's quite pleasant and hardly Hitler-y at all.

Explanation

In this comic, a girl (possibly Megan) is observing Cueball use a laptop on which he has installed the Windows 7 beta. However, the alleged Windows 7 beta is showing nothing but a picture of Adolph Hitler and Cueball is unable to do anything. Cueball then presses Control-Alt-Delete (the well-known Windows Secure Attention Sequence which opens Task Manager or displays a list of options which includes 'Shut Down' and 'Restart') as suggested by Megan, but only manages to make the picture's eyes flash.

The fourth panel shows Megan commenting that this Windows 7 beta is better than Windows Vista, to which Cueball agrees. The joke is that Megan deems a mostly non-functional OS better than Windows Vista, which had problems that were mocked in Apple Mac OS TV commercials.

The title text is a disclaimer stating that Randall has not tried the beta at the time this comic was written, but has heard positive opinions about it.

Transcript

[A girl is standing behind a guy sitting at a desk using his laptop]
Girl: What are you doing?
Guy: Trying the Windows 7 beta.
Girl: Why is it showing a picture of Hitler?
[The laptop's screen is shown with Adolph Hitler's face on it]
Guy: I don't know. I can't get it to do anything else.
Girl: There's no UI?
Guy: No, just Hitler.
[Return to the original scene, except the girl is now scratching her head in confusion]
Girl: Did you try Ctrl-Alt-Delete?
Guy: It just makes Hitler's eyes flash.
Girl: Huh.
[Scene remains basically the same, except the girl is no longer scratching her head and the guy is no longer typing on the laptop]
Girl: Well, it's better than Vista.
Guy: True.
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Discussion

Is this a reference to Godwin's Law? Saibot84 (talk) 21:59, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

An ironic one, possibly. --Qwach (talk) 13:54, 31 August 2013 (UTC)
A second opinion: No. 108.162.219.223 19:30, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
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