|Have you ever attempted to multitask with a PC??? Being the busy teenager that I am, I always have at LEAST 3-4 applications going at one time....this bogs down even the speediest of PC's.....I've tried it on my friend's Dell XPS (with 1 gb RAM, 3.2 P4, 7200 RPM HD)....to no avail....multitasking simply can't be done.
Two instances of word 2003, Trillian, winamp, mulberry, firefox 0.9 (8 tabs) and the GIMP all currently running, all on a system with rather less grunt than an XPS. No slowdown yet. Will be sure to let you know when it arrives. Perhaps you'd care to elaborate on quite what you mean by multitasking, having sneered at someone else's example earlier on.
|Not to mention OS X is both a 32/64 bit OS......to take full advantage of 64 bit in XP you need an entirely new version.
OK. Given that the G5 portable is, by all accounts, still a long way off, what relevance could this possibly have to anyone considering buying a Powerbook? All current apple laptops are 32-bit and will so remain. Supplying them with a 64-bit capable OS is like putting lug nuts on a birthday cake - sure, there are situations in which they'd be useful, but they're rather pointless under the circumstances.
|Oh yeah....one other small thing.....Apple pioneered the implementatioin of mice, USB, Firewire, Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g...Apple had a laptop with a 802.11 G card in it long before the PC community even realized what was going on......and the list continues to grow.......oh yeah, and their web browser.....it blocks pop-up ads automatically...no extra shareware plug-in required.
In case you hadn't noticed, this isn't a race. Having been the first to implement a feature is useless if all your competitors have long since caught up. I'm not looking to hand out awards for innovation, I'm looking to buy the machine that can best meet my demands at the best price, and those are the only criteria by which the majority of consumers will judge any product. And for what it's worth, Mozilla is faster than Safari
(or rather, was as of august 2003; if you have newer data, by all means, supply it).
|Which gets me to my main point....yeah with a ton of tinkering and configuring.....you MIGHT, just in a blue moon....get XP to feature the same usefulness as OS X....but to accomplish that.....a host of various shareware/third-party applications must be downloaded.....which ultimately results in system configuration conflicts and whatnot.
Sure, installing and uninstalling third-party apps might cause conflicts if you haven't the faintest idea what you're doing. On the other hand, I and all my friends seem to manage to run our systems with all these apps and nary a conflict in sight. Funny how that works, isn't it?
Incidentally, going back to your claim about happily multitasking with OS X on a G3 with 256Mb RAM, I'm going to have to express a little scepticism. OS X is pretty, but it's also an absolute memory hog - as you can see below, barefeats went so far as to recommend 1Gb as the minimum
amount of RAM for multitasking under X. Note that X alone will happily grab over 400Mb.http://www.barefeats.com/quick.html
|3/13/04 -- What's the least amount of memory required for efficient typical operation of your Power Mac or PowerBook? I suggest one gigabyte. Why? Check out the physical memory used (wired + active + inactive) for the following scenarios:
Boot OS X only on G5/2.0MP = 450MB
OS X + Word, Excel, Mail, and Safari = 588MB
OS X + iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, and AppleWorks = 640MB
OS X + Final Cut Pro 4, Compressor, LiveType, SoundTrack and iDVD = 678MB
OS X + Excel + ImageReady + GoLive + Transfer + Safari = 807MB
OS X + Photoshop (500MB cache) + open 83MB doc = 1033MB
Finally, it's worth noting that while Apple's build quality is normally very good, they've had two nightmares in comparatively recent times - the iBook logic boards and the white spots on the first revision 15" AlBook screens. Very serious engineering flaws in both cases, and certainly not something that inspires confidence when one is supposedly paying a premium for a top-drawer product.