How To Prepare Your Mac For Google’s Acquisition Of Sparrow [Humor]

Tongue firmly in cheek, my buddy Rob Beschizza over at Boing Boing explains the best way for fans of Sparrow to prepare their Macs for all future enhancements and developments that may result from today’s announcement of a Google acquisition.

You might want to wait on actually following these instructions until Sparrow Google Plus integration comes down the pipeline.

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  • GaelicSoxFan

    I didn’t even know there was an email app called Sparrow. I just use the Mac Mail app.

  • ppanah

    This is what I will be doing. Mark my words. I just hate the fact that I bought it for OSX and iOS .. i should have pirated this shit.

  • pollix

    I’m so annoyed at the fact that Sparrow full version will become free after Google starts playing with it.

  • Josh Yates

    Yeah…mine’s going in the trash now. I bought for OSX & iOS, too. Gotta get used to the stock apps again…

  • Floris

    This is what I will be doing. Mark my words. I just hate the fact that I bought it for OSX and iOS .. i should have pirated this shit.

    I agree, they knew damn well that Google was going to buy them, and they still announced to the world that they are selling it on discount, homing in more customers, with the false promise that their focus is on customers. Only to then tell you that they’re happy with your money, Google’s money, and give us a big finger, and telling us they won’t work on it anymore. In my world this is called a scam, and I would like my money back. Even if it is just a handful of bucks. This is not how you treat your customers. I knew I should have waited a bit longer, why didn’t I listen to that gut feeling.

    The email client to replace those old ones with, didn’t even last a couple of years, what use is it in a few years when it’s completely outdated, probably no longer working, and killed by Google?

    Very frustrated, and I feel very disrespected. I wouldn’t trust this company, or anybody working for it at all. And I think lesson learned: Don’t trust companies, keep your money until it’s a proven company long term, because helping and supporting them with spreading the word about them, investing money in it to help it grow, etc. Screw that, let them beg for it in the future.

  • lwdesign1

    Sounds like good advice except for one thing: The guy in the video calls the Mac operating system OS EX–like the X is a letter instead of the number 10. This isn’t a case of “X marks the spot” or “we couldn’t figure out what to name the OS so we gave it the letter X”. He doesn’t seem to know that the “X” is a Roman Numeral.

    Any self-respecting Mac user SHOULD know that OS X is the TENTH version of the venerable Mac operating system and should ONLY be pronounced OS TEN. The version before OS X was OS 9, and before that it was OS 8, and before that OS 7–you see the pattern here? Therefore, lest we all sound like the uneducated and trendy fanboys and boobs we’re portrayed as by Windows users, let’s all agree that OS X is properly and only pronounced “OS Ten”.

    Apple could have called it OS 10, but that just doesn’t look all that sexy. OS 11 is going to be even worse, because if they stay with the Roman numerals it would be OS XI, and that would cause even greater understanding and pronunciation problems.

    I became a Mac user in 1989 with my SE/30 that was running OS 6. I recall it was a really big deal when OS 7 came out. I upgraded quickly to each new OS through 8 and 9, but I waited until 10.2 before upgrading to OS X. I personally think that Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) is the finest Mac OS I’ve ever used, but I’m waiting on installing Lion and Mountain Lion because I still have a few older programs that have legacy binary code that won’t run on anything higher than Snow Leopard.

  • jca488
    This is what I will be doing. Mark my words. I just hate the fact that I bought it for OSX and iOS .. i should have pirated this shit.

    I agree, they knew damn well that Google was going to buy them, and they still announced to the world that they are selling it on discount, homing in more customers, with the false promise that their focus is on customers. Only to then tell you that they’re happy with your money, Google’s money, and give us a big finger, and telling us they won’t work on it anymore. In my world this is called a scam, and I would like my money back. Even if it is just a handful of bucks. This is not how you treat your customers. I knew I should have waited a bit longer, why didn’t I listen to that gut feeling.

    The email client to replace those old ones with, didn’t even last a couple of years, what use is it in a few years when it’s completely outdated, probably no longer working, and killed by Google?

    Very frustrated, and I feel very disrespected. I wouldn’t trust this company, or anybody working for it at all. And I think lesson learned: Don’t trust companies, keep your money until it’s a proven company long term, because helping and supporting them with spreading the word about them, investing money in it to help it grow, etc. Screw that, let them beg for it in the future.

    I completely agree. I feel cheated. I finally gave in and bought the actual app because it went on discount. Then less than a week later they announce this shit.
    Not cool.

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