Originally posted by Celco
I Am sick of people on this post BITCHING about PRICE. GET A JOB DUDE!
How does addressing a legitimate concern for the Macintosh hardware line and its price point equate to not having a job? Id love to know how you came to this conclusion.
The professional reality is that if you want ot author a serious DVD you need to go to DLT ( digital linear tape ) as apple's superdrive does not support authoring media for dvd mass repro. iDVD is a consumer tool nothing more soemthing to show your friends ect.
Actually, Im not a video professional. Im simply a user who wishes to burn DVDs. Again, Im not sure where youve come to your conclusions about my needs.
Go buy studio dvd pro. Quite frankly $1800 is nothing to spend on a computer if your really using it for work. I wish mac's were that cheap in my part of the world... I shelled out $5000 for my TI book and still consider it my best investment.
Why would I buy $999 worth of product that Im going to use for personal (amateur) home video?
Okay, so you paid a large sum of money and have been happy with your computer purchase. Good for you. I paid a large sum of money for my Macintosh(es), and I got good value out of them. But there is now a void in the product line that is preventing me from making more Apple purchases. How is this whining?
As far as the G5 is concerned we should all be lucky that companies like apple exist to provide us with machines that are SCALEABLE THINK X-SERVE KIDDIES... lest we be stuck with more beige from wintel.
Im curious about whether youve actually USED a wintel machine. Id be interested in knowing which model and operating system version youve used, and when. Im trying to zero-in on the cause of your vitriol and name-calling, and am finding it difficult to ascertain.
Originally posted by Kickaha
The *only* reasonable counter argument is that external drives, for instance, cost a bit more than internal ones. Fair enough, they do. But you know what? I use my external drives for backups, and I like being able to remove them easily. Added security from electrical surges, etc, to boot. When a storm comes through, even though I have a UPS, I worry about the internal drives. My backups are safely off-line, off-grid. And, I can rotate two of them, keeping one at work and one at home. There are good solid reasons to *prefer* externals in many cases.
Absolutely, there are good reasons to prefer external drives in many cases. However, for many users, there are good reasons to prefer INTERNAL drives, as well. Trying to argue which is better is an exercise in futility, IMHO.
Point is, some of Apples software WILL NOT WORK with external drives (iDVD).
Originally posted by mmmpie
Macs have the best cup holders around. Heres one for you, when you plug in an ethernet cable the system automaticaly determines what you are connected to, and adjusts the wiring to support it. I used it just yesterday to transfer files from my ibook to my mothers hp laptop. Just plug in a ethernet cable, no worrying about crossover cables, or hubs or anything.
It just works.
Okay, so weve established that the Macintosh OS is quite robust and functional. You'll get no argument to the contrary from me.
Apple makes polished products. All of the manufacturers you mention are just assemblers of someone elses products. They have very little polish, because polish costs money.
So, your assertion is that the extra manhours needed to program and test the Macintosh OS justifies the increased cost for hardware? Am I to believe that the Macintosh OS somehow has more code than, say, Windows XP? If that is the case, does that account for the polish? (Honestly asking, here. Dont know what youre trying to say.)
We all want more than what is available, but we have to be realistic about what can be offered. The parts cost of an emac may be $250, but the polish, the OS, everything costs more than that. The polish costs money.
Actually, I was under the impression that I wanted the same
as what was available, not more.
I'm amiss as to why anyone would spend, say, $1000 on a machine (eMac w/Superdrive) that has an outdated video card that BARELY supports Quartz Extreme TODAY, and will most certainly be stymied on video game performance tomorrow. Now, if you don't play video games on your computer, that's fine. But why would you DELIBERATELY CAUSE YOURSELF A REPURCHASE within the next year because the manufacturer of the machine:
a) Does not allow for video upgrades
b) Includes an obselete, fixed, video processor (Radeon 7500)
You wouldn't, of course. Because you're a SMART, REASONABLE consumer. You look for value that will meet your needs NOW and IN THE FUTURE, and then you spend your money.