I've been meaning to post something on this topic for some time, but this past weekend really merited an awareness to Kim Komando.
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What technology guru refers to Netscape any more? Sure, it's still a browser, but Firefox has become the "name of choice" for alternate browsers to Safari for the Mac. The site, WWW.KOMANDO.COM seems to have no problems working with Safari. Something close to 75% of all Mac Users use Safari.
Does the Komando website look like a modern, cool website that was designed by a true "tech head" to you? What's the message? Is it: Here's information and help or here's some ads to make me money?
She stated on air this past weekend that Apple confirmed the iPhone. Did they? I didn't see that news.
Commonly, she just regurgitates AP News tech stories headlines with little insight or explanation.
Whenever she mentions quality MP3 players ... she either doesn't mention the iPod, puts the iPod down, or says that the iPod doesn't work with the majority of the online music stores. When she does mention the iPod, she throws a caveat into the sentence ... "but the iTunes Music store is the only music store compatible with iPod." (All in her heavy northern accent overemphasizing every "A" and "i".)
When Apple introduced the latest version of iTunes that had "similar song recommendations" built in ... there was a small controversy about Apple keeping track of your listening habits without permission. This was a major topic discussed on The Kim Komando Show ... a whole half hour was dedicated to discussing it. It made you wonder if Kim Komando's allegiance is for sale from Apple competitors.
The real reason Kim Komando doesn't talk about Apple, doesnt mention iPods, and doesn't mention Safari is because she's been bought. Just look at the graphic above or visit her site. Where's the substance? It's all advertisements. She only recommends who pays her, not necessarily what a good PC tech would tell you or use themselves.
Now, you may be thinking to yourself (if a guy):
"Wow, she's playboy worthy"
Well, the reality is ... this is a recent picture of Kim Komando:
All I can say is if I found Kim Komando on MATCH.COM (an online personals website) ... I would be pretty disappointed if the "pretty picture" was on the profile ... and the "not so pretty picture" showed up for our date. She builds her reputation less on computer knowledge and more on "nerd men" calling in to get a chance to talk to a hot blonde. Maybe this will dispell some of those fantasies.
To be fair to Komando, she's in a pickle when it comes to talking about Macs. I know that TechTV mentioned very little about Apple Computer, but when they did ... there was a backlash that they mentioned it too much.
Why can't there just be a show where the host treats Apple products and Windows based PCs in a 50/50 manner? I realize that Macs do not constitute 50% marketshare, but when a customer calls in with a question ... I can guaranty that there are both kinds of listeners or viewers in the audience ... and both want the answer catered to them.