Originally Posted by wizard69
That is an option but you know what frustrates me there is the total lack of backward compatibility with the new TB drives. As far as I know there is not a single TB capable raid enclosure with an alternative backwards compatible interface. So at this time it doesn't make sense to invest in a TB drive until I get new hardware. At this point I wouldn't care if the TB drive had an USB port, just as long as I knew I could move the RAID forward to a new computer sometime this year.
It would be nice if they had eSATA as well but you probably don't have the eSATA expresscard anyway. The 2 Bay guardian maximus with eSATA and FW800 is $139. Not much of a loss even if you relegate it to backup duty later on.
Most consumer grade NAS are pretty slow. Okay for streaming or backup.
I don't doubt one bit that the iMac is a good value especially for a developer. The problem is I personally put a lot of value on the feasablility of easy maintenance, independent monitors and support for internal drives in desk tops.
And so you got a laptop instead? Where you don't actually use it as a laptop but a desktop replacement? Mkay. Your definition of "a lot of value" and mine differs. Things I place a lot of value on I actually go out and...you know...buy.
In 2008 a 24" IPS monitor was expensive so unless you don't have an external monitor you shelled out quite a bit for it or lived with a really dinky setup. That monitor isn't worth much today in 2012 when you can get a brand new Dell 24" Ultrasync for $350.
So you can still have an independent monitor for the iMac. In fact if you wanted a dual 24" setup you couldn't with the MBP. I bumped up to a 30" ACD mostly for that reason. That was an expensive way to get the screen real estate I wanted.
Well if the iMac isn't an option your next choice is the Mini in the desktop realm. If you compare the Mini (from 2008) to then current MBP the MBP was a much better option. Things have changed a bit as the new Mini is a better machine than the 2008 model in that you can either go quad core or get a fair GPU and dual core. Ivy Bridge has the potential to make the Mini an even better option but I still fear that Apple will castrate it performance wise.
The iMac isn't an option because of no particularly good reason. The mini is priced to not be very cost effective. Just lower cost than other options. The mini is a pain in the ass to change the HDD as well. Not quite as bad as the iMac but still very annoying.
At this point a 2008 MBP is looking long in the tooth. Frankly I'm trying to force myself to keep the current hardware for another year. Interestingly I've had this MBP Longer than any other computer I've owned except for perhaps my old Mac Plus. That actually says something positive about the machine in general.
As to the iMac, I might be convinced if it goes through a decent overhaul that addresses my more pressing concerns. However the fact that Apple has progressively made the machine worst over the years is not encouraging. Worst in the sense of what I find objectionable about the machine. .
And if you bought a 20" iMac back in the day, saved yourself $500-$1000 over the MBP and bought Apple stock with that money you wouldn't need to have a 4 year replacement cycle and your computer wouldn't suck so hard now.
It's a tool. Nothing to get all objectionable about. Especially for features you aren't getting anyway since you bought a laptop instead of a tower.
If you had bought a Mac Pro in 2008 I could understand your point. The fact is you just proved all those "objectionable" design decisions about the iMac made no difference at all in your actual life because you didn't buy a Dell or a Mac Pro instead. Zero, none, nein, nada, koi nahi, mei you yi dian, niks, non, ei lainkaan, nenhuns, ingen, zippo, not one little whit.
It's your life but your position is simply silly.