[quote]Originally posted by Michael Grey:
<strong>Okay, so the appeal of this Sony is kinda lost on me, but we may be forgetting something pretty important....cables
All our periphs have cables..some have two each, and they're pretty much all oriented the same as our Macs; business end up front, cables come out the back. So if I hook my scanner or CD-RW to a front or side port, then I'm left with cables that are bunching up along side my Mac.
Sad to say it but having cables come out the back of the Mac is the best thing for hiding them, since they can be run neatly off the back of your workstation. The break-out box that userone described sounds like it has real potential, but I doubt we'll see it anytime soon since Apple is all for combining cables instead of adding to them (think ADC).
Still I agree with applenut about the need for easier access, but if we're gonna have side-mounted ports, I think they have to be at least near
the back. And maybe they don't have to be ugly. I think a nice wide groove could make a good design element while concealing some I/O ports. I did a quickie below, based on an old (but still very cool) mock-up from <a href="http://www.applele.com
" target="_blank">Applele</a>. I know, it's not really to scale or anything, but you get the idea.
Anyway, glad to see the boards are back.</strong><hr></blockquote>
perhaps you missed the point. the front accessable ports are not for devices that will be stationary or never unplugged like a scanner or printer. leave the back ports for that the front ones are for a digital camera or camcorder or iPod which is constantly unplugged and moved.
[quote] posted 11-17-2001 07:09 PM Â*Â*Â* Â*Â* Â* Â* Â* Â*Â*
Ummm....did Apple ever say it wants its desktops to be a digital hub? I mean, I know it is marketing the iBook with the whole 'digital hub' thing...but I thought the pro-line of desktops were for...well..pros. Do pros really need Tivo? <hr></blockquote>
1.) Apple means for the hub to be every product. or is iDVD not part of the hub now? or iTunes? or iMovie? they al ship on the pro products
2.) the PowerMac G4 is NOT a "pro product" even though it may be called one and priced like one. Example: look at me. I'm far from a pro user. But anything less than a PowerMac or Powerbook would not be suitable for me. And to say a "pro user" would not want added multimedia features such as Tivo is wrong.