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Justin Long No Longer A Mac

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the maybe-now-he's-beos dept.

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david.emery writes "Wired is reporting that Apple will be replacing Justin Long as its 'Mac' in their 'I'm a Mac/I'm a PC' ad campaign. John Hodgman, the personification of the PC, is reportedly shooting new commercials." From the article: "Even people who hate the campaign find their core idea compelling enough to endlessly satirize the series on YouTube. The one enduring criticism of the ads is that John Hodgman's PC is funnier and more likable than Justin Long's sleazy hipster doofus Mac. (just what was he saying to that hot new camera from Japan?) Hodgman is a riot (just read "The Areas of My Expertise" if you don't believe me), but I'm not sure how the new series of ads goes on from here. Is there a new Mac? Does Hodgman become the Mac?"

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333 comments

yay! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16810684)

Yay, Hodgie! Open systems wins and Apple loses. :-)

Slashdot, reporting last weeks new (1, Insightful)

hsmith (818216) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810686)

right on time!

Re:Slashdot, reporting last weeks new (3, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810728)

There's something in the news/TV/content business called an "evergreen"... something that's just as newsworthy tomorrow as it was yesterday and is today. We've finally hit the slownewsday(tm pending) that brings those things out of the woodwork.

long term (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16810696)

looks like he wasn't a LONG term employee!

Re:long term (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16810918)

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

heh heh

HAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Oh man, you made my day. It's been a long, hard day at work and clever, witty comments like this are just what I needed!

Keep it up!

(MOD PARENT FUNNY!)

Re:long term (5, Funny)

SnowZero (92219) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810970)

It not funny though, the poor kid has just become an unsigned long. Hopefully another actor can give him a few pointers which he can store for future reference.

Re:long term (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16811012)

And you've just made my day.

Re:long term (1)

Slyfoot (1020559) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811066)

Heh, there's no (+1 Groan) Just sayin'. :)

Re:long term (1)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811120)

If you've seen the comments the mods label "funny", you know that "funny" to a Slashdot mod is "groan-inducing horrible pun" to everyone else.

And this is coming from a guy who loves puns.

Re:long term (1)

The One and Only (691315) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811428)

Just one long can't store pointers, although I bet if you had an array of them, that array could store pointers as long as they didn't mind being typecast.

Most likely, (0)

RFaulder (1016762) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810706)

PC is going to be the new Mac after he switches. For reals.

Movie star? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16810708)

From TFA: O RLY, a huge movie star? Why, he was billed 17th in "Dodgeball"! And who could forget his star turn in "Jeepers Creepers II"! Why, I bet he's even bigger than Bronson Pinchot, and that dude's enormous!

Apparently the author hasn't seen "Accepted." Hilarious movie. I'll forgive him, though, because he used O RLY in a news article.

Re:Movie star? (5, Informative)

BoberFett (127537) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810804)

I only ever knew him as the nerdy kid from Galaxy Quest.

Re:Movie star? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16810832)

THAT'S what he's from!

Thank you!

Been driving me nuts....

Re:Movie star? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16811360)

Apparently the author hasn't seen "Accepted." Hilarious movie.

No. I think that was an ad too.

Trivia [imdb.com] : There are 39 shots of Apple Computers in the movie. The star, Justin Long, became a spokesman for Apple Computers (the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials) just prior to the release of this movie.

Re:Movie star? (0, Offtopic)

captjc (453680) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811504)

Did I just pick up an attack on one of the greatest American actors of the Twentieth Century, Bronson Pinchot? How dare you compare the no-talent ass-clown "I'm a mac" guy to the Great Balki? It is blasphemy and an outrage! Nobody insults Serge and get away with it!

The streets shall be painted with the blood of unbelievers!

Advertorial? (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810710)

We're now analyzing an ad campaign's casting moves... must be a slow Saturday Night in geekland.

Re:Advertorial? (4, Funny)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811000)

... must be a slow Saturday Night in geekland.

There's a faster kind?

Re:Advertorial? (1)

billsoxs (637329) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811138)

Yup - Saturday night and we are all here posting like mad about a B actor in a TV commercial. I gotta get out more.

Re:Advertorial? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16811334)

We're now analyzing an ad campaign's casting moves... must be a slow Saturday Night in geekland.

Not even an ad campaign's actual casting moves... a prediction of an ad campaign's casting moves.

Is it because (5, Interesting)

zr-rifle (677585) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810718)

people like me found the PC dude much more amusing and likeable than the scruffy, elitist asshole Mac guy?

Re:Is it because (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16810754)

people like me found the PC dude much more amusing and likeable than the scruffy, elitist asshole Mac guy?

I completely agree. Actually, perhaps because it mimics real life perhaps?

Re:Is it because (1)

Yahweh Doesn't Exist (906833) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810758)

try reading the article SUMMARY and you'll find out the answer to this question and more!

Re:Is it because (5, Funny)

SnowZero (92219) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810994)

I had always hoped the Linus Torvalds would come onto the screen, kick the Mac guy in the nuts, and say "I can run on your hardware too." Then, he can turn to the PC guy, tell him "It's not too late," and then walk away.

check youtube (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16811064)

There are some parody clips on youtube. Some of those clips include a third character: linux.

Re:check youtube (1)

CptNerd (455084) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811246)

And a fourth, "you look like Linux" "no I'm not, shut up" BSD.

Seriously? (1, Insightful)

aussersterne (212916) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811132)

I found the PC guy to be too obnoxious, I just want to hit him. The Mac guy seems like a fairly average Joe, reasonably likable. I don't get it. Elitist? He's got his hands in his pockets and he's wearing jeans. How is that elitist?! Anyway, the guy in the tie is always the elitist, it's a rule of nature.

Re:Seriously? (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811152)

Maybe you should stop hanging out with your Mom's friends if you're starting to consider hippies == average.

Wow. (4, Insightful)

aussersterne (212916) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811164)

So jeans + sweatshirt = hippie? It's clearly not we jeans-wearing people that have a problem with elitism...

Re:Wow. (1, Flamebait)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811280)

Uhh, you judge a person by what they are wearing? You must be a Mac user.

Re:Wow. (5, Funny)

The Anarchist Avenge (1004563) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811314)

Nicely done... Make an argument, then misrepresent your opponents rebuttal. Obviously someone's running UnixWare.

Re:Wow. (-1, Offtopic)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811422)

Huh? He said the guy appeared to be average. I said he isn't, he's a hippie. He said he's not a hippie just because he wears jeans and a sweatshirt. I draw the obvious conclusion that this guy judges people based on what clothing they wear and chastise him for it. What's your problem?

Re:Wow. (1)

name*censored* (884880) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811508)

What's your problem?

Quantum this is SLASHDOT, of course someone has a problem with your opinion and/or statement! :)

Re:Seriously? (3, Insightful)

catbutt (469582) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811276)

I agree about mac guy. I kinda like him, I think he's right for the part, and not particularly smug or a jerk about his superiority. But the pc guy is right for the part too, and he is funnier ... but only likeable in a "feel sorry for him because he's such a pathetic loser" sort of way.

Re:Is it because (1)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811144)

people like me found the PC dude much more amusing and likeable than the scruffy, elitist asshole Mac guy
On behalf of everyone here at Slashdot, GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE!

No, it's not.. (2, Interesting)

AWhiteFlame (928642) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811312)

...It's more likely because his agent figured he was "hot stuff" which Apple couldn't live without and so he demanded too much money. Then Apple proceeded to say, 'Alright then. Goodbye', where then Long's agent had a massive 'oh crap' moment and heart attack.

Re:Is it because (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16811452)

The only thing more pathetic than a PC user is a PC user trying to be a Mac user. We have a name for you people: switcheurs.

There's a good reason for your vexation at the Mac's promotional personification: You don't speak its language. Remember that the Mac was designed by artists [atspace.com] , for artists [atspace.com] , be they poets [atspace.com] , musicians [atspace.com] , or avant-garde mathematicians [atspace.com] . A shiny new Mac can introduce your frathouse hovel to a modicum of good taste, but it can't make Mac users out of dweebs [atspace.com] and squares [atspace.com] like you.

So don't force what doesn't come naturally. You'll be much happier if you stick to an OS that matches your personality. And you'll be doing the rest of us a favor, too; you leave Macs to Mac users, and we'll leave beige to you.

Re:Is it because (0, Flamebait)

eggsovereasy (573119) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811512)

This has to be the most asinine post I've ever seen in my life.

What does this imply about PC's and mac's (4, Insightful)

everphilski (877346) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810722)

Since they were both chosen as "types" of a machine ... what does this decision have to say about PC's versus a mac?

Re:What does this imply about PC's and mac's (1)

tb3 (313150) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810760)

That we feel a fuck of a lot more sorry for a Windows PC than we do for a Mac?

Re:What does this imply about PC's and mac's (1)

Yahweh Doesn't Exist (906833) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810820)

that PC users who have insecurities about not being young, attractive or cool don't enjoy being forced to confront those feelings by Apple's marketing campaign?

I didn't think he was smug at all, and he obviously wouldn't have been designed as smug. so it's really just in the hostile minds of the insecure but Apple still wants to sell to those people.

it's like the way you always get people in ipod threads complaining that the ipod is cool and so people buying it is some sort of problem. I'm fairly certain the problem is with complainers' perceptions rather than Apple's products.

Re:What does this imply about PC's and mac's (1)

dubiousmike (558126) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810998)

I ran a lab of PCs and Macs and have been using Powerbooks as my main personal computer for a long time. But some of Apple's stance is a bit of FUD when it comes to the differences between Macs and PCs. For instance, for those using AVID, more people will use a PC over a Mac. DV (Digital Video) did a test with the new Core2Duo and did a variety of tasks on the same machine in OS X and XP. XP blew OS X away.

I am not saying this as a PC fan boy. Remember, I use a Powerbook, not a Dell or Toshiba. I feel like everyone needs to find a balance between ease of use, attractiveness and price that they are comfortable with. But the Apple Ad with Mac and PC visiting a counselor kind of stuck in my craw. 10 years ago, Mac killed PCs when it came to creative stuff. Not so today. At best, they both offer similar if not identical tools to get the same stuff done. It just comes down to which one you want to pick.

Re:What does this imply about PC's and mac's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16811104)

Link to that DV review please.

Re:What does this imply about PC's and mac's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16811326)

Maybe he's talking about this:
http://www.dv.com/news/news_item.jhtml;jsessionid= CNVDZLXMEZJG4QSNDLOSKH0CJUNN2JVN?LookupId=/xml/fea ture/2006/capria1006 [dv.com]

Though it's misleading to say XP blew OS X away, because the application were PowerPC native and not a universal binary:

"My rough estimation is that running Rosetta stunts performance by nearly 50 percent. It sounds like a lot, but for applications such as Microsoft Word and Adobe (Macromedia) Dreamweaver, the performance hit is barely noticeable. For CPU-intensive applications such as After Effects and Photoshop, the slowdown is quite apparent. To test my hypothesis, I loaded the Adobe Production Suite on the Windows partition. I then loaded matching copies of rendering-intensive After Effects compositions on each partition. On average, the compositions took just under two times as long to render in Mac OS X as they did in Windows XP on the same MacBook Pro."

And universal binaries are coming in the near future.

Re:What does this imply about PC's and mac's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16811444)

> Though it's misleading to say XP blew OS X away, because the application were PowerPC native and not a universal binary:

It's not just 'misleading,' it's downright deceptive to omit that detail.

Re:What does this imply about PC's and mac's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16810858)

It means that Macs run on Intel. Now they can both be John Hodgman.

Re:What does this imply about PC's and mac's (5, Funny)

MeanMF (631837) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811028)

It proves that much like a Mac, if you want to upgrade your ad campaign you have to replace the whole thing and get a new one.

Re:What does this imply about PC's and mac's (1)

undeaf (974710) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811414)

And along that line of thought, what does the lack of inclusion of linux in these ads, and in most of the parodies too, say? IMO, that apple does not want you to know about it, and that a lot of people are very quick to dismiss it as not worth pay any attention to.

It's too bad linux isn't in any of them, that would lead to all sorts of interesting situations. For example:

...
...
...
PC: At least I run faster.
Mac: What are you talking about? I run faster.
PC: Want to race?
Mac: Anytime.
PC: Let's go then. Hey ... how about we include a linux computer too, at least we can both be sure to beat him.*calls linux box*
Mac: Sure, why not.
...
...
...
*PC and mac laugh at and mock linux box(who is very short) amongst each other*
*Linux box gets angry, detaches his legs, and attaches a set of centaur legs*
Linux box:So, you ready, punks?

What he said to the Japanese girl: (5, Funny)

straponego (521991) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810744)

"Is it true that you squeeze photographs out your ass?"

What she said back: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16810778)

"No, but I'll do some amazing things with your USB plug..."

Re:What he said to the Japanese girl: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16810828)

actually alls he said was "hello, pleased to meet you" IIRC. so yeah, your translation is funnier.

Re:What he said to the Japanese girl: (1)

Niahak (581661) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811210)

I haven't watched it in a while, but I believe he also tells her "This guy's a real nerd (otaku), isn't he?".

Re:What he said to the Japanese girl: (4, Informative)

Speare (84249) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811394)

Cute joke, I guess, but...

  • hajimemashite - nice to meet you (lit. "it has begun")
  • yoroshiku onegai shimasu - rhetorical how do you do / look forward to working together (lit. "favor me, please")
  • arigatou - thank you
    • I couldn't quite make out her response with the other babbling going on, but I think it was like, "nah nah, it wasn't much."

Japanese version (4, Funny)

Srsen (413456) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810772)

This is a must see - the Japanese version [apple.com] of the Get a Mac ads.

Not the Americans dubbed in Japanese - these are Japanese actors doing the same shtick. Hi-larious.

Re:Japanese version (1)

neuro.slug (628600) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810798)

Oh my god. That's the funniest shit I've seen.. well, since I saw Patrick Stewart in an extra talking about tits about fifteen minutes ago. Thank you for the entertainment.

Re:Japanese version (1, Insightful)

McFadden (809368) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810992)

Oh my god. That's the funniest shit I've seen.. well, since I saw Patrick Stewart in an extra talking about tits about fifteen minutes ago. Thank you for the entertainment.

Good to see that some Slashdot readers still exhibit the mental age of a 12-year old when it comes to laughing at someone simply because they're speaking another language in an "oh look at those funny Japanese" kindof way.

Frankly, they're not doing anything that the American actors didn't do, so one wonders what else makes it "the funniest shit [you've] seen."

Re:Japanese version (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16811514)

one wonders what else makes it "the funniest shit [you've] seen."

Dude, they were talking in a different language! That's what makes it funny! Plus I'm only like 11, so "the funniest shit I've seen" doesn't mean as much.

Re:Japanese version (1)

vistic (556838) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810856)

Wonder if some poor guy in Japan is getting fired because Justin Long has lost his spark.

Re:Japanese version (1)

gr8whitesavage (942151) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810864)

Works well with that new American camera?? Heyyyy wait a second...

Re:Japanese version (2, Informative)

earthbound kid (859282) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810922)

I can (sort of) speak Japanese. The three ads are from left to right: "Mac & PC" "Virus" "iLife" (ok, so the last one was a gimme)

In the "Mac & PC" they note that Macs are technically just a kind of personal computer then wonder why Mac gets a special name as part of that, but other computers are just "PCs." Mac suggests its a kind of nickname because people enjoy their Macs. As a nickname for the other other kind of PCs, they suggest "Work," (which sounds like Mac in Japanese).

In "Virus," PC gets one of his thousands of viruses, but Mac says he's OK.

In "iLife," PC jams out on iPod and Mac informs him that Mac comes with iTunes-like software for dealing with movies and photos as well. PC says he has cool software, too. "For instance?" ask Mac. "Um, calculator... Clock..."

Re:Japanese version (1)

nukeade (583009) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810982)

Here it is on YouTube in case you don't feel like downloading QuickTime to watch it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kodNilO9B_c [youtube.com]

Re:Japanese version (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16811542)

> Here it is on YouTube in case you don't feel like downloading QuickTime to watch it:

It's pretty sad that I have to watch this as a Flash video on YouTube, because I have a PowerBook G4 running 10.3.9, and choose not to submit to Apple's "forced upgrade" to QuickTime 7.

I paid for a QT6 Pro key, and I'd rather not have to pay AGAIN to keep my editing capability, thank you very much!

Re:Japanese version (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16811412)

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Obligatory PS3 vs. Wii parody video... (3, Funny)

Manchot (847225) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810774)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpYgNz6W6Gs [youtube.com]

It was produced by G4.

Re:Obligatory PS3 vs. Wii parody video... (0)

crossmr (957846) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811396)

That wasn't funny the first time around. G4 just needs to drop dead and let TechTV rise again from the ashes.

The ads are amusing, but (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16810786)


Penny Arcade has got to be the single most unfunny thing on the face of the planet.

Re:The ads are amusing, but (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810958)

you're forgetting about User Friendly.

If you haven't seen it yet (0, Offtopic)

presidentbeef (779674) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810788)

You should watch John Hodgman on this Daily Show [youtube.com] clip, when they were talking about Net Neutrality.

(Sorry, looks like the more complete video was taken down)

Re:If you haven't seen it yet (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810960)

There's a longer clip on 'The Google' [google.com] .

Re:If you haven't seen it yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16811480)

For some reason I enjoyed the Letterman spoof on these ads where Long just explodes in reference to the exploding (sony) batteries.

Justin Long as there's.... (1)

dsanfte (443781) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810840)

Justin Long as there will be new ads. I'm Justin love with the current ones, personally.

The Camera (1)

hey (83763) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810860)

Maybe they can get the Hot Japanese Camera to play the Mac?

"Does Hodgman become the Mac?" (4, Funny)

NerveGas (168686) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810868)


    It would only be fitting. If imitation IS the most sincere form of flattery, then PCs should be awfully flattered. Waaaay back in the day, Macs had a selling point of being able to read PC diskettes. Then they started boasting that they could run PC programs. After that, you were able to buy an add-in card with a Pentium CPU, on which to run your Windows apps. Now, they run on Intel hardware, and you can boot into Windows.

    As much as I respect Macs for what they are and do, for all of their "We're different" attitude, they just can't seem to stop with the "Me, too!" actions.

      Ah, well. Here goes nothing, Maccers, start modding me down....

Re:"Does Hodgman become the Mac?" (3, Insightful)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810984)

Does Hodgman become the Mac?

Actually that would be the ultimate switcher message :) "I used to be a PC, but now I'm a Mac".

macs lose again (1)

acedotcom (998378) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810896)

it looks like the only option is the PC

Intimidating Stars (5, Funny)

Slyfoot (1020559) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810898)

The commercial needs some intimidating stars, to reflect the intimidating arguments Mac and PC users perenially fling at each other. I say we get Alan Rickman to be the Mac, and Christopher Walken to be the PC. Then users can choose the lesser of two evils...

Re:Intimidating Stars (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810954)

Alan Rickman to be the Mac, and Christopher Walken to be the PC

Jack Black is linux and Helen Mirren is BSD

Re:Intimidating Stars (2, Funny)

Aardpig (622459) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811020)

And Gary Oldman as SCO Unix, hitting everyone with a baseball bat while high on drugs and listening to classical music. Mmmmm.

Re:Intimidating Stars (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16811034)

I didn't know Helen Mirren was dying.

Re:Intimidating Stars (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811056)

Dead or not she will still be the most elegant thing around.

Re:Intimidating Stars (1)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811108)

You're supposed to choose someone people DON'T like to play the part of the bad guy.

I recommend Alan Rickman be the PC (because he plays such a great bad guy), and Samuel L. Jackson as the Mac. (This is because I like Sammy J, not because I like macs.)

Then you could have someone like Robert Deniro as the Linux box, because he can do anything he damn well pleases, but he's a 'business' type fellow, and has no time for games.

Re:Intimidating Stars (1)

Slyfoot (1020559) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811162)

"You're supposed to choose someone people DON'T like to play the part of the bad guy."

Yeah, I know, I just thought it would be fun to have a couple of respected (but intimidating!) actors scare the bejesus out of everybody with arguments about the flaws in each other's operating system. You know, like Slashdotters. I'd watch it for the same reason I read Slashdot comments. :)

I'm glad he's gone (3, Interesting)

Pink Tinkletini (978889) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810902)

Justin Long has only been using Macs for a few years, from what I hear, just since they became trendy. But John Hodgman is the real deal—a Mac user since '84, and a talented writer in Brooklyn, too. I've seen him around the neighborhood, and all the girls go wild for him in real life. No kidding.

Re:I'm glad he's gone (3, Interesting)

Pink Tinkletini (978889) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810930)

Here, I found this interview with John Hodgman [thephoenix.com] , in which he drops this telling quote: "I myself am a Mac user. I bought the very first Mac, or convinced my father to buy it, in 1984. I used it through high school and college; it was the first computer I used outside of college, then I went though a brief period of exile during my corporate years as a professional literary agent, where I was forced to use a PC . . . . Mac has always gotten the design and the interface down pat. They just know it. PC's efforts to emulate this, and its constant failing, and its self-satisfied arrogance about it being the most used platform in the world, all of that made it very easy to craft a character who, while he is a boob, and often concerned about how he comes off, at his core really feels bad for the Mac. Is really so delusional to believe he's much cooler than the Mac. The whole reason they're standing in that white room is because he's trying to help the Mac out."

Re:I'm glad he's gone (-1, Troll)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811172)

As someone who's never seen the ads, this sounds like the biggest load of crap I've ever read. What a typical Mac user.

Japanese translation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16810912)

What kind of nerd can't speak Japanese? Justin Long said: "Hajimemashite." ("Nice to meet you.") "Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu." ("Please treat me favorably.") "Arigatou." ("Thank you.") He has a terrible accent, but there's nothing filthy here.

The Platform Clause (1)

UrktheTurk (1026122) | more than 7 years ago | (#16810946)

If you kill the Mac, you become the Mac.

It had other problems (1)

androvsky (974733) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811006)

Okay, the ad about viruses was a good one, but the first of this series of ads I saw, the PC was complaining about not being able to run anything other than business software, and the Apple could run games and a bunch of other stuff. I was thinking, eh? Mac runs more games than the PC? Hell, a PC running Linux can probably run more games than a Mac (winex, and so on).

Re:It had other problems (1)

mr_matticus (928346) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811154)

I think you might be imagining that particular ad, my friend.

What he says in Japanese (1)

246o1 (914193) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811024)

He says "Pleased to meet you" (two different phrases, but add up to that) and "Thank you" for the picture, and she says "Hey, hey, doesn't he (the PC) seem kinda geeky?"

FWIW he doesn't sound like he actually speaks japanese, just for the ad. But maybe he does. Yo, Justin, work on your accent! Ganbatte!

I'd hate to be the Mac person (1)

ndogg (158021) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811082)

I could imagine someone else being in that position, but not really a different character.

Hodgman, as the PC person, is supposed to be the bumbling-buffoon comic relief.

And the appropriate joke for the story (5, Funny)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811094)

Mac: Whatcha got there?

PC: Games.

Mac: Can I play?

PC: No.

Mac: Aww! No fair.

PC: All right. you can play them in 2 years, if you're lucky.

Re:And the appropriate joke for the story (1)

Machtyn (759119) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811498)

But you forget... Macs have more FUN!
Because, uh, PCs... they do work and boring stuff.
You see, Mac's do pictures and movies and sound... um, well, uh just like the PC with Google's Picasso, Pinnacle Studio/Ulead VideoStudio, and Sony Sound Forge.

(I would have modded you... but as you can see, somebody didn't like one of my posts a few months back.)

Gisele Bundchen (1)

iwsnet (946715) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811110)

Couldn't they replace both of these guys with Giselle Bundchen and another model? That would make these commercials more watchable.

So Long (1)

Shadyman (939863) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811122)

So I guess that means we're saying "so Long" to the PC vs Mac ads?

There *will* be more ads with him (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16811128)

I can tell you for a fact that a friend of mine was just on the crew of a recent shoot of more of these ads, including Justin Long. They were shot last week in LA. In fact, at least one more is being shot this week.

If you doubt me, keep an eye out for some of the new ads with Santa Claus in them. In one of them, PC guy offers to make Santa's naughty and nice list into a spreadsheet for him.

On the set, everybody loved PC guy. He was the much more likable person, as well as character. And PC guy actually uses a Mac IRL (but I pointed out that he would kinda have to given what Apple was paying him for a national spot).

heh.. (4, Funny)

Heem (448667) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811206)

I always thought it would be great if a penguin waddled into those commercials and bitch-slap both of them.

Hodgman should switch: I just did (0, Offtopic)

RubberDogBone (851604) | more than 7 years ago | (#16811330)

I just got my Macbook Pro this week. And now I wonder what the hell made me wait so long. It's really quite impressive.

My friends are taking bets on whether I end up the evangelical mac convert who can't ever shut up about it, or whether I end up the smug mac user who just grumbles and smirks.
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