21 Aug 06Everybody Tired of One Mac User.

Yet another Apple nay-sayer has fallen afoul of the one member of the Macintosh community that everyone wishes would just go away.

According to a blog post by George Ou (link via Daring Fireball), Artie MacStrawman is at it again.

Ou claims that MacStrawman disparaged the character of the security professionals who are quoted as having claimed to have wirelessly hacked Apple’s Airport drivers, a claim refuted by Apple.

Further, Ou says that MacStrawman threatened to kill one of the professionals – David Maynor – and his imaginary dog.

Mac users will remember MacStrawman as the Mac user who:

  • Says the Mac is utterly invulnerable to any and all malicious attack.
  • Mindlessly worships Steve Jobs.
  • Blindly buys anything Apple releases no matter how dumb and stupid and dumb it is.
  • Refuses to accept that Windows might be better at anything. Even being Windows.
  • Emails death threats to anyone who disagrees with him.

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber said “I just wish that guy’d switch to Windows or Ubuntu or something.

“But… he’s Artie MacStrawman. So I guess that’s not going to happen.”

Complicating matters is the fact that MacStrawman may have initiated the entire controversy. According to Maynor, it was MacStrawman’s argument that the Mac is utterly impregnable to attack that caused him to hack a MacBook using a third-party wireless card and driver and then claim that he could do the same thing with an Airport card and driver without actually having tried it.

Maynor did admit that he was the first to issue a threat, saying that he wanted to stick a lit cigarette into MacStrawman’s eye.

“I shouldn’t have said that,” Maynor said. “It’s just that that guy really bugs me.”

At least on this point, Maynor and the Mac community can agree. Artie MacStrawman bugs everyone.

65 Responses to “Everybody Tired of One Mac User.”

  1. buthidae says:

    I want ellipses! John, you never tell us when the cool kids are trying new things!

  2. [...] Following up on his successes yesterday, George Ou keys what should be called Artie MacStrawman in Nuremberg which will probably cause Macalope readers to hemorrhage out their eyeballs because, yes, we’re still talking about the wireless controversy! [...]

  3. test123 says:

    sounds like bobbymax / harveymudd from the forums of http://www.lightreading.com

  4. Todd says:

    I’ve met lots of people who use and love Macs. I’m one of them. Have I ever met anyone who:

    > Says the Mac is utterly invulnerable to any and all malicious attack.

    No

    > Mindlessly worships Steve Jobs.

    No.

    > Blindly buys anything Apple releases no matter how dumb and stupid and dumb it is.

    Depends, but typically No.

    > Refuses to accept that Windows might be better at anything. Even being Windows.

    Nope. Most Mac users I know don’t care.

    > Emails death threats to anyone who disagrees with him.

    Anyone who does this is unhinged.

    This is how you characterize the Mac community? I’ve yet to see these kinds of statements from anyone on Apple discussions, in any of the mac-related blogs I read, or from anyone I talk to about Macs as a fellow user. So does that mean I’m not part of the community, or does it mean you’re just happy to tar everyone with the same narrow brush so you can get a good digg-bait headline. Lame.

  5. John Moltz says:

    Todd…

    Dude…

    This is a parody.

  6. [...] presumably because he’s one of the more vocal Mac bloggers. But he’s definitely not Artie MacStrawman – he’s the first to criticize Apple when they’re in the wrong, particularly in his area [...]

  7. [...] snickering messages to the effect of “why do they even try?”. Well, he’s invoking Artie Macstrawman. The Zunes are pretty underwhelming, as they basically match the iPods at best, and certainly [...]

  8. [...] Artie Macstrawman is back. Most Mac/Apple users are gracious, helpful, knowledgeable, and critical of Apple when it [...]

  9. Ali says:

    Yaa! Mac stuff!

  10. Vita Sackville-West says:

    I am in <3. I am so glad I came over to your window to play! thankx.

  11. Brother Mugga says:

    How sad would you have to be to post a comment on a 2006 page in 2010?

  12. Mac? Apple? I’ll just be content with my good old Windows XP. Keep writing, thanks!

  13. Dufus says:

    First!

    Talk about sad…

  14. [...] get me wrong – this whole fiasco has provided some good laughs – but things are getting out of hand, as always seems to be the case these days. Now, [...]

  15. [...] hard to believe that it’s been almost six years since I came up with Artie MacStrawman, the stereotypical Mac user as viewed by Apple critics, but his first characteristic was that he: [...]

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