Originally Posted by DocNo42
Give me a break. This isn't the New York Times (and they even screw up as far as the "purists" are concerned). Like it or not this site (and many others) are supported by ad revenue. I was just on three other photography sites earlier this morning and every single one of them have affiliate links.
Originally Posted by MacsRGood4U
Very well said. I actually consider the links and price guide a pretty good service cause it helped me save about $300 on my MBP a few months ago, which was about $150 more than the cheapest prices on price grabber and other compare engines at the time.
Ive used their discount guides several times to find the best rates.
Originally Posted by anantksundaram
Spot on! (Perhaps AI should offer a non-ad-supported subscription version: let's see how many of these 'morally indignant' types would sign on).
The setup might be costly and cumbersome without actually resulting in a net profit. If automatically removed any of Teckstuds posts, including the quoted comments in replies I may change my feelings on the idea.
Originally Posted by kotatsu
It's a great machine in so many ways, except one - no blu-ray. I will not pay so much money for a system with a 10 year old optical drive.
Add a blu-ray burner, and I buy. Until then, I have Windows 7 to keep my old PC running for as long as it takes.
1) The optical drive in the iMac is not 10 years old. That slim-loading drive nor those speeds and all the features were around in 1999.
2) If you want a Blu-ray player, buy one. Internal or external, your choice. I dont understand the complaints that Apple doesnt offer the exact setup one wants but then also chooses not to take the most rudimentary of action to get that option. Youll have to install Windows Vista or 7 play HDCP protected media but the display on the iMac is surely much nicer than what you have now, even though its still far from ideal for how most people want to watch protected video on Blu-ray media.
Originally Posted by Rob55
But let me be perfectly clear, I do not want a Blu-ray drive on my Mac to watch movies.  And yes, I'm disappointed every time there's a refresh and there's still no Blu-ray burner. My luck, I'll buy a 3rd party burner and Apple will add the option next year.
Then spend substantially less money than Apple will offer for a slim, slot-loading Blur-ray burner buy buying your own external. Since you dont want to use it for movies then you have no additional caveats.
Originally Posted by Rob55
Aside from the 720p stuff from Apple and any content you make yourself, where are you getting HD content to play on it? (Ripped Blu-ray movies don't count).
Besides what Quadra 610 already said, there are 720p and 1080p podcasts, you can play video that you recorded with your camcorder, copy over video you saved to your TiVo, and even play Blu-ray movies in Windows via BootCamp by simply buying your own Blu-ray player. Why this idea that its impossible to do if Apple doesnt supply the expensive option that few want for their PCs. Its ideal tech for the home theater technology, not for consumer PCs.
Originally Posted by sippincider
When my matte iMac dies, it looks like Apple is giving me three options: Go used, go Dell, or go Amish.
Too bad one can't be Apple.
Going Amish means that an Apple is an actual Apple.
Originally Posted by extremeskater
There is very little HD content available for downloading, even more so for streaming because most users do not have the bandwidth to stream HD content.
Then they can watch it on their HDTVs, where Blu-ray movies were designed to be watched, buy from a different PC vendor or install Windows and buy their own Blu-ray player if they are one of the few that want to watch 1080p movies on their computer.
Blu Ray is not available from Apple while its available from HP, Dell and Sony.
Available, yes, but not for all their systems, and being available doesnt mean that its being bought. You are upset that Apple doesnt cater to your specific needs on every level. That will never happen. Macs do not fit your needs so buy a different machine. Its that simple. Dells dont fit my needs but you dont see me writing about how much Dell sucks for not including this feature or for including a feature that Ill never use. Its silly. You dont have to like it, but as an adult you should accept it.
This is typical Apple, build something that doesn't support what the rest fo the world uses. You can try to put any slant on this you want but there isn't anyone (except you) that doesnt think this entire display port issues is beyond stupid.
The rest of the world, except for Japan, likely has Blu-ray acceptance in PCs lower than the US. If you want to hook up your Mac to an HDTV then do so. The adapter is cheap.
Even in the dark deep woods of Canada you may have heard of something called HDMI. You know the standard the rest of the world uses.
The rest of the world? I bet there are more devices connected with Composite video or coax than with HDMI. Oh, and Apple supports HDMI output from all Macs with DP or DVI, so I guess they support that standard. BTW, standard means very little as there are plenty of standards out there. It does mean its the most common method, and it certainly isnt the most common method for connecting PCs to monitors. If you havent figured it out yet, Apples Macs are consumer PCs.
You cant site quality or premium this time because there isnt any more premium then HDMI.
DisplayPort is considerably more premium and more future-forward than HDMI without costing a premium to use.