Friday, February 06, 2004
Mad Mac Users: I've used Macs. I've used PCs. They're a tool, and nothing more.
But there is a small group of Mac users who seem to derive their sense of self from their overpriced, software-limited machines.
Case in point:
The Overclockers.com website published a barely believable hoax last week detailing the gutting of a brand new and very expensive Power Mac G5. This brought on an unbelievable reaction from the Mac community.
The hoaxer, identified only as "Andy," claimed he received a dual-processor G5 for Christmas. But preferring a Windows PC, he swapped out the insides of the $3,000 machine for the guts of a cheapo PC. The post included several digital photographs to prove the outrageous claim.
The stunt quickly became meme of the week. As news of it spread around the world, it generated the best traffic ever for the long-running Overclockers site, which claimed more than 300,000 visitors a day.
Reaction from the Mac community was swift and brutal.
Andy said his e-mail inbox quickly filled to capacity, with more than 1,300 messages, and an unknown number bounced. The mail he did receive was full of nice, kind thoughts like death threats, insults and all kinds of colorful invective.
"I hope your PC blows up and leaves your miserable face disfigured forever," read one. "You will surely burn in hell for an eternity for this one."
Another said Andy should be hung by his testicles and set on fire.
I know some Mac people who I don't think are this ... militant.
Because they own an Xbox.
But the people mentioned in the article need some serious therapy.