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“Get a Mac” ads: the PC guy actually uses Macs since 1984!

October 5, 2006

John Hodgman

I absolutely loved those “Get a Mac” ads by apple. They were funny and were interesting to watch unlike many other commercials we see on TV. Lately Engadget managed to find the guy who played PC in the commercial and interviewed him. John Hodgman, the PC hero, is an editor at the New York Times and a contributor to the Daily Show. Engadget asks if he and Steve Jobs are fellows now, which John denies and says he’s never met Steve Jobs, but wishes he had.

The most interesting part of the interview is actually the first question Engadget asks John:

So first things first: Mac or PC?”

“Here is the joke that is absolutely apt, though I once promised I would never make it: “I play one on TV, but I am not a PC.” It is true. I am first of all: not a computer, but a human being; and second of all: a Mac user, almost exclusively, since 1984. There was a brief period in the wilderness between 1997 and 2003. Let us not speak of it.”

Since 1984? That’s a long time! That’s a huge experience with Macs back in those days where only the richest could afford one. Well, that was kind of a surprise to me that he uses Macs and jus hates PCs. Actually I think it helped him simulate all those PC’s troubles 🙂