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post #121 of 340
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Originally posted by 666
Well, i've come to the conclusion that your all either rich kids at university or with high paying jobs.

"Ohhh, i'm gonna get me this powerbook to tide me over till the g5 powerbook." You make me sick! I've been saving for nearly 3 years and am about to buy the 1.25 15" and it's so much money, I don't want to have to replace it for years...

Nobody needs to rationalize their means of acquiring anything to you, and you don't need to stereotype anyone here simply because you're financially frustrated.

I think it's terrific you've saved as long as you have that takes a lot of discipline _and I hope you love your soon-to-be purchased Powerbook and that it was worth the wait. Seriously, God bless.

But you're way out of ****ing line disparaging others whose assumed situation is obviously enviable to you. We make you sick? How ridiculous is that? And based on sub-simple notions of how people can afford certain things, at that. What business is it of yours, really, and why should you care? Everybody making the purchase is getting something they want, and that's cool and really all that matters.

Lighten up, Frances
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post #122 of 340
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Nobody needs to rationalize their means of acquiring anything to you, and you don't need to stereotype anyone here simply because you're financially frustrated.

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Lighten up, Frances

You just made the list, C-Bear.
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post #123 of 340
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Well, I'm a university student, so to buy my new AlBook, I sold my TiBook for $1600 and made about 4 grand this summer working as a production assistant for new Bernie Mac film coming out this April. I just had a great high paying job this summer

No sh1t? Bernie Mac? He's my hero. That's what my house is like but I'm not as sneaky and scheming as he is.

Now I gotta go finish putting up the Costco shed.
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post #124 of 340
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Originally posted by C-Bear
Nobody needs to rationalize their means of acquiring anything to you, and you don't need to stereotype anyone here simply because you're financially frustrated.


Lighten up, Frances

I don't think he was being all that serious, C-Bear.
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post #125 of 340
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Originally posted by 666
Well, i've come to the conclusion that your all either rich kids at university or with high paying jobs.

"Ohhh, i'm gonna get me this powerbook to tide me over till the g5 powerbook." You make me sick! I've been saving for nearly 3 years and am about to buy the 1.25 15" and it's so much money, I don't want to have to replace it for years...

I'm at university and I have a decent job, but definitely not high-paying. I'm basically borrowing from my home down payment fund (not buying a house for some time unfortunately ) + cash from the sale of my PowerBook G4 500 that I bought in 2001, to fund my Aluminium fixation. I basically borrowed from myself so I won't have to pay interest.

Everyone has priorities. I could easily blow $50 a weekend in a bar, or going out to eat or whatever. Rather than being wasteful (for me, other people may be perfectly happy blowing that kind of cash on booze, food, movies, whatever) I'd rather save up for things of a more permanent nature.
post #126 of 340
17" 1GHZ w/ 1 GHZ DDR... I just got it and I love it it is great!!!it runs everything like i thought it would!
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post #127 of 340
Anybody waiting for the G5 Pbook should bear in mind it IS going to be a year.

Steve Jobs himself said so in a news story just doing the rounds. He obviously wants you to buy one of the impressive Powerbooks now. And why not? If you're into laptops, they're as good as it gets.

Check out the interview doing the rounds!

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post #128 of 340
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I don't think he was being all that serious, C-Bear.

Well, if it was playful sarcasm I can't find any sign of it. Nonetheless, I was up all night and set to pop this morning, so if I misconstrued things, oops and all apologies to 666.
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post #129 of 340
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You just made the list, C-Bear.

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post #130 of 340
Just for the record, true to my forecast I purchased a 15" Al PB today. I ordered the 1.25GHz SuperDrive model with the options for 5400RPM HD and putting the memory in a single slot leaving one slot empty. I'll get more memory for it after it arrives. I also ordered an iSight camera and a DVI to ADC adapter.
Shipping in 3-5 business days.

On a side note, it seems that this time the PBs were launched without any problem. The 15" and 17" were available the day of the announcement. I haven't seen any systematic problems reported anywhere. Kudos to the engineers at Apple.
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post #131 of 340
the only decision i'm still hung up on is whether to get the superdrive or save $380 australian and option down to the combo drive...
I guess, really, who's gonna burn dvd's at x2?
post #132 of 340
...oh and i'm about to go to the apple store and check out the new pb's in the flesh for the first time


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post #133 of 340
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Originally posted by neutrino23
Just for the record, true to my forecast I purchased a 15" Al PB today. I ordered the 1.25GHz SuperDrive model with the options for 5400RPM HD and putting the memory in a single slot leaving one slot empty.

Nice, neutrino23! I'm so happy for you. Apple made you wait for that PowerBook far too long. It also looks like you optioned your 'Book to maximize its (part-time) function as a desktop with an external display and ensure its longevity. That's the way to go. Congratulations.

On a side note, I wonder whether you would have opted for the 12-inch if you were still in Japan.

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post #134 of 340
I have joined ya'll and jizust ordered my p'book...
1.25 15"
combo drive - dont need a superdrive, would rather buy a dvd burner when they're faster. Saved $380 australian
512 ram in one slot
standard 80gig h/drive

and a 40 gig ipod!!!

ahhhh, airport built in, bluetooth, backlit keyboard...

My first computa!!! So damn xcited!!!

It'll take a few weeks as it's a bit customised, but whateva!!!

$4900 in total (Australian) with edu discount. Have you ever paid $5000 in $50 notes? Shit... It's like an inch thick... I feel sick and excited all at once!!!!!!!!!
post #135 of 340
Add me to the list

12" PB Combo model w/60GB HD and Airport Extreme... along with a 40 GB iPod from the Apple Edu store.

The iPod is shipped, just gotta wait for them to make the 12" PB (est ship date is the 30th).

So, how many purchases have AI members made so far (too lazy to go back and count)?
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post #136 of 340
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Originally posted by Escher
...Congratulations.

On a side note, I wonder whether you would have opted for the 12-inch if you were still in Japan.

Escher

Thanks. It has been a long wait.

Life is quite different in Japan. In that case I might have gone for a G5 tower and a 12" PB. Actually, for Japan I would be hoping for a 999 gram PB. It will be a while till one of those shows up. Now that I'm back in the US I don't travel nearly as much and most of that is driving or flying. In Japan you tend to walk a couple hours every day. That is good for your health but bad for your back if you carry a heavy laptop.

Previously I thought about cutting the weight on an iBook. I wonder what you could do with a 12" PB? Could you put in a 1.8" HD to replace the 2.5"HD? You could also remove the CD drive and use an external drive. That might cut enough to get it into the sub four pound category. Everything else seems fairly unmodifiable. You'd almost have to design a whole new case and drop in a motherboard and such from a PB. That is way more effort than I'm willing to make.

On thing though is that most of the very light subnotes I've seen in Japan have terrible battery life. It defeats the whole purpose if you also have to carry a power supply. Granted, the new PB supplies are much smaller now.

My impression is that in Japan you'd be expected to give a simple slide show presentation whereas here there is more room for flexibility in how you present things to people (though ppt is certainly popular here as well). This makes it more worth your while to carry a more capable machine in the US. Anyway, I'll put this idea to the test.
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post #137 of 340
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Originally posted by 666
I have joined ya'll and jizust ordered my p'book...
1.25 15"

<snip> ......

My first computa!!! So damn xcited!!!


Congrats man !!! have lotsa fun !! I am hoping to check out a new ally as soon as they get to Perth.. and then do the do if I dont talk myself out of it
post #138 of 340
There is no way we will get a PB update at MWSF, since we just got a speed bump now. I like the new PB's just the CPU is a bit shitty IMO (should have 1.33 in the both the 15" models).

Anyway, Im getting a 1G 15" for now, not expecting a G5 PB till this time next year, and I cannot hang on to this Ti400 for another year.

Also, now that Moto has finally started to ship 7457's in quanity, Im expecting the next speed bump within 6 months.
post #139 of 340
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Congrats man !!! have lotsa fun !! I am hoping to check out a new ally as soon as they get to Perth.. and then do the do if I dont talk myself out of it

Yeah, i will! thanx!! I've been thinking about it for years, and can't wait anymore! Everything gets outdated, so I just bit the bullet. It'll do the deedz I needz for a long time coming, im sure!
post #140 of 340
Ordered mine online today...1.25Ghz, 5400 rpm 80GB, 1-512MB stick...

I went to the Apple Store in Boca Raton, FL, the guys were somewhat knowledgeable, but I actually helped to make a sale... ...the temp on the 15" they had on display was warm, but useable...

Anyway, I wanted to buy Apple Care, but they (and they say all other computer manufactures) are not supposed to sell iit in the state of Florida...that's it's against the law...what's up with that

Oh well, I'm anxiously looking forward to my new pb...and my wife is looking forward to my modified WS II... ...(500MHz G4, 40 GB Travelstar, DVD, Airport, perfect screen, plus a ton of odds and ends (pc cards, etc.)...she can't wait...
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post #141 of 340
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Originally posted by Infoseeker
Anyway, I wanted to buy Apple Care, but they (and they say all other computer manufactures) are not supposed to sell iit in the state of Florida...that's it's against the law...what's up with that

Hehe, yeah there's some sort of law here that prevents this, no clue why. You're not supposed to be able to purchase it in Florida if you're a consumer (businesses using Macs for profit in FL can buy Applecare though). I think if you buy the Applecare box from an online merchant you can still register for Applecare without problems.
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post #142 of 340
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Originally posted by Infoseeker
Ordered mine online today...1.25Ghz, 5400 rpm 80GB, 1-512MB stick...

I went to the Apple Store in Boca Raton, FL, the guys were somewhat knowledgeable, but I actually helped to make a sale... ...the temp on the 15" they had on display was warm, but useable...

Anyway, I wanted to buy Apple Care, but they (and they say all other computer manufactures) are not supposed to sell iit in the state of Florida...that's it's against the law...what's up with that

Oh well, I'm anxiously looking forward to my new pb...and my wife is looking forward to my modified WS II... ...(500MHz G4, 40 GB Travelstar, DVD, Airport, perfect screen, plus a ton of odds and ends (pc cards, etc.)...she can't wait...

Actually I heard this at Ars Technica http://www.arstechnica.com (go to the forum there --- Ars Open Forum and search), and was quite suprised too. Unintended consequences of a law or not, it prevents AppleCare there.

That thread presents alternatives, I think.
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post #143 of 340
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Originally posted by neutrino23

On a side note, it seems that this time the PBs were launched without any problem. The 15" and 17" were available the day of the announcement. I haven't seen any systematic problems reported anywhere. Kudos to the engineers at Apple.

Launched without problem - yes.

Manufactured without problems that caused significant delays - no.

I commend them for being immediatly available too, but I think they could ahve been ready months ago had they not run in to problems.
post #144 of 340
iPod gets here tomorrow and my PBook will be here wednesday (I assume)

Just like to say to 666 that I'm not rich just don't have responsibilities yet. I worked all summer 4 days a week (haha...9.5 hours day though) and hardly spent anything. I now have enough to grab a laptop to last me AT LEAST until next year's G5. I probably will wait longer though because I want to get a car. This is all my money I've earned from retouching ugly people's faces and making them look better. And selling some of my stocks next year will help me make purchases.
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post #145 of 340
MCQ and Machem,

Thanks for the advice, I'll check out my options.

Mine isn't scheduled to ship until 9/29...I'll be anxiously waiting...
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post #146 of 340
Just got back from the Apple Store to check out the new 15". MAN WHAT A SWEET MACHINE. Everything I loved about the 17" in a 15" package. Tried UT2003, maxed the res and the details, played just as smooth as my Dual Gig MDD with Radeon 9000. I can't wait til next week when I get mine!!!
post #147 of 340
Playing with my 15" 1.25 Powerbook right now. Love it!
post #148 of 340
this is gonna be the longest 2 weex of my life!
good to hear it runz games alright! I'll be able 2 rock multiplayer Medal of Honour with my manager when touring. Airport 4 eva!
post #149 of 340
12:15AM I did it! 15" 1.25GHz, 10gig iPod, keynote, lock, bluetooth mouse, Apple care and a big hole in my VISA card. I'm flushed. Lets see if I can sleep.
post #150 of 340
Just got my tracking number. Woo! Hoo! Should be here by Friday.
post #151 of 340
Chiming in, ordered my 12/256/SD/80 last Friday 19/9. Estimated ship date October 24th. A months wait. Piece of cake. Or so I'm trying to convince myself. 8)
post #152 of 340
Two months before I can order my PB and I have psyched myself for the 12 inch, but the video card on the 15 incher is making me waver....too long to think about it!
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post #153 of 340
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Chiming in, ordered my 12/256/SD/80 last Friday 19/9. Estimated ship date October 24th. A months wait. Piece of cake. Or so I'm trying to convince myself. 8)

Good luck, mine should be here sometime this week and I am pulling my hair out! (it shipped yesterday, but not sure where because my tracking number doesn't work...yet?)
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Good luck, mine should be here sometime this week and I am pulling my hair out! (it shipped yesterday, but not sure where because my tracking number doesn't work...yet?)


My tracking number doesn't work yet either. Very annoying!
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Good luck, mine should be here sometime this week and I am pulling my hair out! (it shipped yesterday, but not sure where because my tracking number doesn't work...yet?)

It's probably stuck in customs
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It's probably stuck in customs

Shutup Shutup Shutup! I am calling tonight, it can't be true. Why would it stuck? I expect it here tomorrow!
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post #157 of 340
yes, it is going to be a long and impatient week indeed. my 1Ghz 15"PB is supposed to ship Friday. 20Gb iPod supposed to ship tomorrow, and Final Cut Express just arrived 2 minutes ago.

i had a really bad experience at the apple retail store so i ordered it over the phone from apple instead. they blatantly lied to me! is it just me, or is the quality of salespeople in those stores less than stellar?
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post #158 of 340
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Okay, so the new 15-inch PowerBook arrived today.

I've been using it for about the last hour+, installing applications, and the like. It's a little warm at the moment; noticably moreso than the Ti867 that I'm replacing it with. But again, it's warm -- not hot, not scorching.

The backlit display is very good. It seems brighter than the one on my friend's Rev. A 17-inch. I haven't installed the 10.2.8 because I hear that there may be issues with the brightness of the backlit display and battery life. It had about 1:20 charge remaining, so I have since drained it to sleep, and now on the power adapter recharging (calibrating) the battery.

Back to the keyboard. Typing-wise, it's much better than the Ti. A good solid feel. I no longer feel as though I'm going to pop the keys off like I got with the Ti and iBook.

The SuperDrive is loud. Louder than the one in my TiBook. Loud when you wake up the PowerBook, loud when you insert media. It could be the shell of the PB that's the cause.

The end of the PowerBook where my wrists rest is not rounded off and sharper. It leaves a mark on the bottom of my arms/wrists. Slightly annoying. Of couse, I'm not used to it.

I'm also not used to ports on the side. I took some pictures, and reflectly grabbed the screen to pull it forward to reach around back. But the side ports are much better. Less fumbling, in my opinion.

The speakers are louded and more fuller sounding than on the Ti, but it seems slightly biased to the left. It's probably me. You can hear the midrange speaker through the back of the unit where there are vents behind the keyboard. It reflects off the screen.

It's still got the factory 2x256 RAM modules. I'll probably bump it up when the 1 stick of 1 GB DDR memory is not only available, but cheaper than the prices I've seen.

I feel good about the screen. It's bright, sharp, and as good as the previous Ti, and it doesn't have any dead pixels. It doesn't have the blue bias that plagued the early DVI Ti models I owned that drove me bonkers.

The hard drive is marketed as an 80 GB HD, but it is not really 80 GB. It says capacity is 74 GB, of which, I've already filled 6 GB apparently, cause it now says 68 GB available.

I have read about lousy latches on the 15-inch (and 17-inch), but I must be lucky because mine is perfect, at least the few times I have closed it.

That's about all I can muster at this time, if you have any questions, please ask me here in the forum.

UPDATE: Scrolling seems to be better than on the Ti867. I don't know if it's the Radeon 9600, but when I try iTunes I get between 58-63 frames per second (after I take the frame rate cap off). Also, in so doing, the fan has kicked in. It's quieter than I'm used to with the Ti, but it makes a sort of soft fluttering sound. Oh, as I type it just turned off. The piece of aluminum about the function keys is much warmer than the space where my wrists are resting.
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is it just me, or is the quality of salespeople in those stores less than stellar? [/B][/QUOTE]

I was going to start a thread about this yesterday! I went to the Apple store in Memphis, and was very disappointed with the staff. They were very nice, but didn't seem to know very many specifics about the products.
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Dave, did you fully charge the battery before letting it run out? I just read somewhere else that that is the correct procedure. I hope to be in your shoes with my new 15" in a couple of weeks so I'm just curious.
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