It was only a matter of time before someone sexualized a paperclip... wait, what?
Microsoft's Clippy is the oft-bemoaned helper of Windows software until the friendly and overzealous paper clip was killed off for Office 2007. Detested by consumers and Microsoft alike, Clippy didn't leave behind much adoration. But last night, SNL preyed upon our Clippy nightmares with a new office assistant,…
I remember hating it when Clippy popped up for no good reason while working. Now, even after Microsoft officially put him to rest, he's doing it again. Only this time it's in game form. Which is marginally better, I suppose?
Clifford Nass is a Stanford professor specializing in computer interaction. In this excerpt from his new book, The Man Who Lied To His Laptop, he talks about how he made Clippy lovable. Cliff will be in the comments, answering Q's.
Sadly, Clippy's life played out much like a True Hollywood Story. Universally loathed, he faked his own death in 2007 only to resurface again in 2009 after a judge ordered a permanent injunction on Microsoft Word sales.
It's not App Store approved, but for those in the audience who've jailbroken their iPhones, the Clippy add-on offers some reasonable functionality to copy and paste across apps.
Those crazy cats over at Wired have devised a list with 15 of the lamest of lame tech mascots. The predictable choices are there, like Clippy from MS Office fame. But there were even some newer entries, like the scarier-than-Hell Jester from Adobe CS 3.
With recent tragedies surrounding our space an pornography programs, one major death has been passed over by the media. We are speaking of the late, not-necessarily-beloved Clippy who was brutally murdered out of Office 2007. Here is what Jensen Harris, Office Group Program Manager, had to say about the recent death.
Not exactly gadget-related, but this is the funniest thing we've heard all day. You like clippy? You will after you hear this.