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The Onion hosts new Get a Mac commercial

updated 04:25 pm EDT, Mon June 16, 2008

The Onion Get a Mac

Apple's online "Get a Mac" ad campaign has a new advertisement to add to its ranks, as John Hodgman's PC character draws attention to his brand new PC Newswire, a banner located above the side panel where he and Justin Long's Mac character stand. PC hopes that it will help his case against Mac, whose recent popularity has been widely reported in the news, but soon sees that the "Top PC News Stories" all seem to revolve around problems with Windows Vista.

PC Newswire scrolls through several headlines: "Vista users upset over glitches...", "Year later: Vista still not fixed...", and "Users downgrade to XP...". PC grumbles, saying he hates his "stupid newswire", a message that promptly displays in the top banner, to which Mac cheerfully notes "it is fast, though, real fast."

by MacNN Staff





  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Truly modern.

    This kind of ad seems to be on the cutting edge of mocking commentary. It's smart, it's amusing, and dare I say, effective?

  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969



    it seems to me, Apple needs to spend more time fixing its own problems.

    Don't get me wrong the commercial is cute and all, but since upgrading to 10.5 I have to restart my computer multiple times a day by holding down the power button, every new update introduces new bugs. My VPN software stopped working without 10.4. why is that to get new features, they have to entirley re-write the OS. can't we get an update that doesn't require everything else to change too? 10.5.3 is still riddled with problems and glitches.

    what I am saying is 10.5 is NOTHING to brag about.

  1. fashizzle

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Gimme a friggin' break kid. What kind of statement is that? "...spend more time fixing its own problems." Are you freaking kidding me?!!Maybe the problem you are having is PEBKAC. Y'know, the good ole 1D10T errors. 10.5 is very stable for me, never crashed once or had a reboot. So does that mean I can say "GO APPLE GO! My computer runs AWESOMELY, so keep running ads like this!"?Drivel inexperience = pathetic

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    check video card and ram for issues if your mac is crashing regularly

  1. ophiochos

    Joined: Dec 1969


    so where is it?

    did MacNN think, really, it would stay on the Onion frontpage for ever? did they provide a link? does searching for the various things shown in the screenshot locate this? You have one guess to all of the above.

  1. dppeak

    Joined: Dec 1969


    disable SafariBlock?

    You may need to disable any ad-blockers. I had SafariBlock enabled and I could not see the ads. Once I disabled it and reloaded the page, the Mac ad appeared.

  1. ccrider

    Joined: Dec 1969



    yah and it's a FLASH ad - mmmmm yahhh mmmm

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How dare they use flash! Don't they know people hate flash! They should've used Quicktime, at least, so people on iPhones could've seen it. (But, then, people would hate quicktime for being used for ads).

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