PC'd G5 story not quite true...

Discussion in 'MacBytes.com News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Jan 30, 2004.

  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
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    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
  3. Laslo Panaflex macrumors 65816

    Laslo Panaflex

    May 1, 2003
    I had a feeling, it was not true, which is why I never posted in any of the 5 threads devoted to this topic.

    /I bet you all think I am really cool hunh?:D
  4. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    Wow - I think he got an eye opener with all the response :D

    Interesting to see how many people were upset about this....but it doesn't answer one very important question: how did he come by the G5 enclosure?

  5. ALoLA macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2003
    Greater Los Angeles Area
    How did he get a free G5 case? This sounds even less believable than the original story. Maybe he's just trying to avoid being labelled an idiot for the rest of his life. :)

    Ockham's Razor.... :)
  6. pgwalsh macrumors 68000


    Jun 21, 2002
    New Zealand
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    I'm quite sure that portion of his personaility will always shine through.


    "If it looks like ****, smells like ****, tastes like **** and everybody is telling you its ****..... then it probably is ****."
  8. montex macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    So it was a hoax

    My original post stated that this mod, as presented, was unlikely. I'm happy to see that skepticism has served me well once again.

    On the other hand, why should a PC user be so surprised that there was such a huge response from the Mac community? I believe that the hoaxer's shock at the outpouring of emotion from Mac users confirms what I've always suspected: PC users don't love the platform or the hardware. It's "just" a tool to them.

    Or maybe they're just surprised to learn that Mac users DO exist. Just because the market share is 2% doesn't mean that only 2% of computer users are on a Mac. And I also believe that Apple's market is growing and will continue to grow in the years to come.
  9. White Fire macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2003
    Behind you!!!
    I don't think calling him an idiot after he has explained what really happened is very fair.

    It makes a lot more sense like this and is far more believable. The machine he put inside it is not all that hard to get, really. And as for the shell? Well, he could have got the shell from many places. For instance, if someone's G5 had a fatal flaw and the warranty was void, the internals could have been scrapped and the case could be given away easily.

    Although it was rather a cruel joke to play, I'll give you that. But he says that he did not expect this kind of reaction.

    And when it comes to the way that the Macintosh community reacted, well, it was rather poor in my mind. It does no good for us, because it only supports the stereotyped image that a mac-user is an over-zealous dork. I mean, who seriously cried? Christ, it's a rough deal, hey? Someone else did something so stupid as to rip out the engine of what is the computer equivalent of a BMW and install a Volvo. It's not your machine, and entirely his loss and fault. You should be laughing _at_ him rather than crying _for_ him.
  10. latergator116 macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2003
    Providence, RI
    I don't think it was appropriate to send him hate mail. Its a frigging computer!..material object, not an animal or any other living creature.

    Maybe it was very stupid what he did, but all the hate mail is not at all called for.
  11. Molten Thinker macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2004
    Toronto, Canada.
    Phew.. I feel a little better.

    Wow... I never knew that if I posted a piece of junk on the web; I could be famous. Oh, wait, M$ does it all the time. Sorry, my mistake. Anyway, that story freaked me out. :D.
  12. mrsebastian macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2002
    sunny san diego
    now the real question is, will he sell it on ebay like mike rowe selling his legal docs from m$?
  13. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Yes, imagine all the press a green cat or a purple polar bear would be getting. :eek:
  14. jrv3034 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2002
    Maybe there was no case at all... Is there any way that the pics were Photoshopped?:eek:
  15. themadchemist macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2003
    Chi Town
    It wasn't really a CRUEL joke. If he was given the computer, he could do whatever the hell he wanted to it.

    Of course, it's a blatant disrespect for the intense R&D that Apple put into an incredible machine. It's also incredibly stupid to replace the guts of a G5 with substandard equipment.

    But since it was a hoax, it's much less stupid. In fact, it's kind of an interesting project. I, personally, would have liked to fit the parts to say, a Mac SE, to it, and whip out System 6. I think that would have been funny.

    But for all those people who actually said they felt 'sick' and that they 'cried.' I hope that was an exaggeration. That's overly emotional. I laughed, and cringed a bit of course, but mainly laughed, because I saw a guy who had wasted thousands and thousands of dollars.

    I thought it was funny. Good show!
  16. Photorun macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2003
    I say play a hoax. I'll get a coffin that has a body that is goingt to be buried in a graveyard. Let's swap this kid's body with the one in the coffin before it's put in the ground. Isn't that hysterical? See the humor in that? His live (well, for a short while) body in that of a coffin? Ha ha oh the humor.

    Hoax shmoax.
  17. latergator116 macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2003
    Providence, RI
    Yes, imagine the attention that would get!:p

    Speaking of green cats, I saw someone who died their cat green in a magazine once. They also had cats woth all sorts of weird hair cuts and tatoos. Weird, huh?
  18. QuiteSure macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2002
    It was the kid thing that got me

    I was more offended by the original story as a parent than as a Mac user. If I spent $3,000 on my kid's Christmas present I would be furious to discover that he'd turned it into a $500 POS.

    That was the part of the story that did not ring true ... if the parents were so clueless about computers, then why would they know how great a G5 was, if their son only a PC user?
  19. Plastic Chicken macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2003
    Re: It was the kid thing that got me

  20. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.


    I salute you and the mass recruiting of dollars on part of the thousand of of mac users who flooded your site to see the mutilated PowerMac G5 Case.


  21. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    The joke was directed at his friend, not at Mac users worldwide. I think it's funny--and I'm glad to see he has a sense of humor about the unexpected worldwide spread!
  22. themadchemist macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2003
    Chi Town
    Re: Re: It was the kid thing that got me

    haha, good one. Advertising...From Apple? ROFL!
  23. Sabenth macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2003
    what scares me is how uggly the inside of the case looked after he had finished talk about a mess....:D

    crule joke too but nether the less theres a funny side to it

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