Its been quite a few years since it was even worth while to assemble you own mid level Windows PC.
If you want top end though it is still cheaper to do it yourself. This even includes a hackintosh Pro.
Being first to market isn't necessarily an advantage, many people wait for the second iteration. I certainly waited for the Ipad 2. I do think though that patent protection for electronic hardware and software be for a shorter period of time. Five years should be enough to bring something to market and have 1 or two upgrades before someone else can use the patent. By then if you're inovative you've got something better anyway.
It would also get rid of the patent trolls...
[QUOTE=Onhka;1900239]As the adage goes, "buyer beware."
The Mac mini and iMac are the same price; actually the exchange rate favours Canadians.
Not really. The Canadian dollar is worth more than the US so the Can price should be less. They also charge us $120 for the Apple TV which after taking the exchange rate into account is about 25% too high.
There's an iPad app for that, at least for the ATV. There are universal remote apps but they require, IMHO, overpriced hardware to transmit the IR. Some new TVs, Samsung for example support bluetooth and or WiFi enabled so IR remotes may be on there way out. Even so the iPad, or more likely a cheap Android tablet, with a $5 adapter is probably going to replace the current crop of universal remotes.
I purchased a 2x1TB Dlink NAS for just over $200. it wasn't plug and play but really not that difficult to set up. I can access it from my IPad but I have never got the Itunes server to work.
The connected PCs on the other hand are a PITA. They attempt to mount network drives before connecting to the network (both hardwired and WiFi). Google found lots of people with the same problem but no solution.