“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,” Leander Kahney reports for Wired News. “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,” Kahney reports. “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,” Kahney reports.
“‘I posted it and the world turned upside down,’ said Joe Citarella, who runs the Overclockers site. ‘It was absolutely incredible…. I’ve never seen a reaction as intense and emotional as this. The reaction has been nothing short of an avalanche. Some people took it really, really hard,’ he continued. ‘I guess it shows Mac users relate to their machines differently…. We’ve gutted Dells and we never got a ‘My God you desecrated a Dell!’ reaction,'” Kahney reports.
“Andy, a PC technician in his 20s who lives on the East Coast, said he was given an empty G5 case by a buddy (he declined to explain further) and filled it with PC components to fool another friend. For further kicks, he invented the Christmas story and submitted it to Overclockers. He said he had no idea it would cause such a fuss,” Kahney reports. “Andy said he was critiqued by PC users as well as Mac fans, but the truly unbalanced stuff came from the Mac camp. ‘Mac users are nuttier than a fruitcake,’ Andy said. ‘For some, their reaction was akin to me butchering their parents or a beloved pet.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: The guy who posted this hoax said, “We’ve gutted Dells and we never got a ‘My God you desecrated a Dell!’ reaction.” That