Ok...there are a couple of mildy amusing clippit ones - and clippy is certainly a legitimate target. It's someone elses turn then though - i was hoping it wouldn't be just ms bugs that get posted
so - it looks like there has been an anti-clippit faction around in office dev for a while now. Here's an attempt of theirs to sway marketing with a somewhat novel argument...
Office9 192615 - Make another assistant the default assistant for PR reasons - people who hated Clippit before will still hate him =)
===== Opened by xxxx on 10/21/98; AssignedTo = Active =====
Many users associate everything to do with Office characters with '97's Clippit.
notice: Our default character for Office 9 is the paper clip.
scenario: People who are ambiguous about the assistant may see the paper clip may think "ah, it's just the same old assistant, only with better colors", and just ignore it.
They would then be turning away from all our character animators' and assistant developers' hard work without even giving it a fair shot. =)
expect: I would think it'd be better marketing to use a different assistant as the default, say Rocky or Links.
Their animations really show off how much more out of the box the assistants are, and I'd think the characters themselves would be easier to anthromorphisize.
(Translation: I can convince myself to talk to a dog or a cat. Lock me away if I talk to paper clips and bouncing dots.)
I realize the paper clip was chosen partially for performance reasons, but we only get one shot at a first impression and it'd be nice to go with a more "cuddly" character. Yes, it's an arbitrary cosmetic change, but hell, all that really changes with cereals
and candy is the packaging and people try them anyway...
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===== Resolved By Design by xxx in 09.00.00.0000 on 10/22/98 11:37:08; AssignedTo = xxxx =====
thanks for the suggestion
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Bounced about as hard as I expected.
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...and here's an attempt to brighten up clippits appearance, by "wont fix"ing a novel colour scheme bug...
Office9 179640 - assistant turns pink and stays pink.
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1. install assistants to run from source
2. boot word
3. turn on assistant
4. disconnect from network(unplug the yellow thingy)
5. rt click and go into gallery
6. Click no on the message that comes up: "The assistant previews are incomplete or corrupt. Would u like to try reinstalling them?"
7. wait a while until the progress metter starts moving on the darwin dialog and hit cancel
Clippit is hot pink. I can move him. click animate, hide him and reshow him and he's still pink.
is this a dupe. seems like i remember seeing this somewhere b4 but couldn't find it.
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related to bug 179630.
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note in step 4. this couldn't happen just by the network server going down.
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This looks like an Agent problem. It's trying really hard to read character data from the network that's down, and it can't display the character properly. This really just looks stupid, but we can live with it. If you want me to take it up with the Agent folks,
I will, but otherwise, just resolve "Won't Fix."
(It's a very nice looking pink )
===== Resolved Postponed by xxxx in 09.00.00.0000 on 10/01/98; AssignedTo = xxxx =====
===== Closed by xxxxxon 10/05/98; AssignedTo = Closed =====
most definitely. hot pink is very becoming on the characters...
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It's a "Won't Fix."
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