Oh great! Now I've joined yet another forum on which to consume countless hours! You guys are funny! I love the, "72dpi image the client found on the internet," joke. I've been around a while too, I guess. I remember spray painting my old Apple II flat black, just because I hated the color beige so much (still do). Remember the Mac IIs? God, those were expensive. But, I still remember drooling over the form factor of those first "modular" power-user Macs. Now, at least I can laugh over conning my old boss into buying me a loaded Mac Quadra 700 for like $7,000, back in the day. Ahh . . . those WEREN'T the days. Those were the days when you HAD to have both a PC and a Mac on your desk. But, since I wasn't about to spend $7,000 of my own money on a Quadra for home, I then bought my first PC. And then another, and another, and another . . .
So, after a long, painful respite from being a loyal Apple user, I have finally left WindowsWorld for good. A month ago, I disconnected all of my PCs, and I returned back to MacLand, full force, purchasing two brand new, Penryn-aluminum iMacs--the midline 20" for my girlfriend, and the top-of-the-line 3.06GHz 24" iMac for myself (I wanted the better graphics chipset and true 8-bit color depth display). I still need to buy two more MacMinis (to use as HTPCs), but, of course, I'm waiting for the "refresh." Ah well . . .
I didn't want a tower, because I wanted to get rid of the boxes all over and under my desks. Although my intended applications kinda do justify needing the power. No longer working in Design & Pre-press Land, I've reverted back to my earlier vocation--filmmaking. So, of course, I'm going to be pushing quite a few megapixels around my brand new, 24" iMac, at full, 24-frame, HD resolution. Working in HD, sure, it would be nice to also have integrated Blu-Ray authoring capability (I'm guessing that WON'T be part of the iMac refresh; if it is, I'll really be ill). But, I digress . . . Damnit, I just wish I could buy this big-ticket stuff at the "beginning" of its "third-generation product development cycle." I imagine the prevailing iMac predictions are correct. New, refreshed iMacs, just around the corner, with brilliant new LED screens, a whole new digital I/O port, and a lower-Wattage power soak. Great. Why couldn't I have waited just 30 more days for my new-found "Mac revelation" to spawn?