Originally Posted by plswdth
So it was a free upgrade from 95-->98-->ME-->XP? Um, no. In the same amount of time it's not like Mac users have had to buy 10 upgrades to their OS.
As for ram, you don't have to put Apple bought memory in it. You can put the exact same ram in it as a PC laptop.
Final cut pro is hardly a good example. Final Cut Express is $300 and blows away any $300 video program on the PC. And then you get iMovie for free if you just want simple video editing. What $100 video editing program on the PC are you talking about?
Ironic you'd called Apple users elitists. In this thread people have called Apples "communists", complained about "Apple 'marketing' BS" , and said Apple "pisses me off." Hmm.
I think it is your comparisson that is way off. No 95-->98-->ME-->XP isnt free, nor should it have been free. Just like I wouldn't expect OS 9 --> OS X to be free. However, 10.2 and 10.3 added things to OS X that should have been there in the first place IMO. Microsoft didn't charge anything for SP1, and they won't again once SP2 comes out. My comparrison is more like that of 98 and 98 SE. When Microsoft charged for 98 SE, they were doing what Apple is doing now which is screwing their customers.
I don't like MS or anything, I'm not going to side with them at all, but they are offering the upgrades to XP for free, as they should. Anyone who tells me Panther was worth another $100 must of lost their mind.
As for the RAM, I knew that. I understand that everything in a Mac is the same as in a PC other then the CPU and MoBo. And I, of course, would never buy the RAM upgrades directly from Apple. It should still be against the law to sell it for as much as they do. Most users won't know that they could get it for less.
As for Final Cut, I didn't know it was such a good price. I thought it was at least $500. $300 is still 6x more then I would ever pay for a single piece of software, but thats just me. I don't have the money to blow to edit a few videos. But nevertheless, thats a decent price, so that is definetely something I would give to Apple as a triumph.
Apple, used as an anology against PC's as communism is apt. Apt my friend. I admitted at the beginning owning a Mac, I really love how sexy their powerbooks are. I love a lot of things Apple does, but that analogy is spot on. In fact, if their next powerbook is made of Carbon Fiber like I have reportedly heard, that is just fantastic. I doubt I could afford one, so I would never own one, but the thought of a Carbon Fiber laptop just makes me drool all over myself. In fact, everything about Apples products are, for the most part, sexy. I love the HUGE LCD displays, and the Harmon/Kardon speakers, and all that. The mice suck though, and the keyboards are all just as bad. iPod rules the roost, and powerbooks are still the sexiest laptops you can buy.
All that said, Apple is still like communism, and (in my experience mind you) their users are usually more like what I described. As far as I'm concerned, I could care less, buy 1 or the other, whatever, who cares.