Originally posted by Louzer
Well, some might want to put a CD or CD-RW in one, so they can get a fast-access drive (your standard DVD-RW drives tend (or tended) to have slower mechanisms). Also, it allows you to keep reference CDs (hell, or game CDs) in the freakin' drive without having to swap out at times.
Well, now, it doesn't say much about your argument when you start swearing (even with substitute swear words) to make your point. Reference CDs should be copied to hard drive for the fastest access anyway, which negates your fast-access argument. No CD drive can match a 7200rpm SATA drive for access time. And most of us aren't so caught up in games that we desperately need to start them up instantly. Wait, wasn't this an argument about "pros"? How much gaming do pros do? You're coming up with a lot of "this could be useful" scenarios, but nothing compelling.
Originally posted by Louzer
Why saddle users with a boatload of clutter on their desktop? This is one of my biggest complaint with my G5 tower. I've got three ugly firewire enclosures messily stacked on top of each other. Everyone talks about how nice and clean apples computers are, but then they force their users to add on all this extra crap that ruins the look.
Maybe not all of us care about the "look." Maybe we just don't want something huge, heavy and unwieldy.
Another example - USB ports. Most macs have 2 or 3. (2 if you have a wired keyboard). And on the tower, one's up front. So you're forced to buy a USB PCI card (if you have a tower) or an ubly USB hub just to plug in a couple of devices.
Again, check my earlier posts and you'll see I've complained about the dearth of USB ports on Macs. They're cheap to add, take up little space and are useful for a great many people, unlike a second optical drive. I know I've got printer, camera, PDA, graphics tablet, keyboard, mouse, Shuttlepro and several other devices hooked up to mine. Other people won't need quite so many but certainly more than the 3 on the PowerMac and 4 on the Mini. (BTW, how is it that someone who supposedly knows so much about Apples doesn't know that USB keyboards usually include two USB ports, so plugging the mouse into one still leaves another available, for no net loss of ports?) I don't expect Apple to give us 20 or so just to suit me, but seeing as how some of the cheapest PC motherboards have 8, I wouldn't mind if they matched that.
And if we go on this philosophy, Apple might as well get rid of the PCI slots, extra drive bays, and anything else internal, since, really, how many people actually use them? Apple should just make the new Tower the size of the mini, if you're going to base it on how many people will use it.
In point of fact, you may notice that I did suggest getting rid of all but one PCI/PCIe slot (in addition to any that may be necessary for the graphics card). PCI slots really aren't that useful anymore, even for pros. If Apple adds enough USB ports, you won't need a USB card. Or you could always get a hub. Not the best solution, but it's out there for those who need it. What else would you need PCI for? Pro audio card? USB 2.0 versions exist. Video capture card? That's so 20th century. Either you use a USB or Firewire device that has plenty of bandwidth for capping broadcast video, or if you're shooting your own stuff on HD camcorders, the Firewire port is all you need to get the data in for editing.
Am I the only person who puts their computer on the floor under their desk?
You do know you're not supposed to do that? PCs shouldn't be placed on the floor because then you'll get all that wonderful dust sucked in by the fans, whereupon they'll build up on internal components and reduce heat dissipation. BTW, above, you gripe about "three ugly Firewire enclosures" on top of your G5. If it's all under your desk, why do you care how ugly they are?