heck yeah i'll take 90 days of phone support. hell w/ all the tech pros in here, u should know that if u can't get to know your OS in 3 months uget what u deserve. ok well i admit, that's just an techie elitist comment that is brandless.
u own a shop right? now granted, u may not like to provide all the service and support of the machines u sell (perhaps particularly to noobs
), but the fact that someone living nearby can actually come into your shop and ask YOU what's up w/ their machine is a good thing for them. granted apple stores are not in every major city, but if u buy an hp zd8000000000 from bestbuy/compusa/etc, u sure as hell can't walk in there w/ your computer and ask for help w/o a per diem or long term service fee as well as signing your computer over to them for diagnosis. me? i have a PC problem, i fix it. if i do happen to run into a Mac problem that i can't or don't know how to fix and it's inside the standard 1 year warranty, i drive 5 miles to the apple store (having set up an appointment ahead of time) and sit down with a tech (i'm not so sure about the genius claim, heheh), free of charge to have it looked at and talked to IN PERSON about the issue at hand. yeah, all those inexpensive PC shops and major OEMs do that right? along w/ free classes for noobs to get accustomed to the OS right? (this kind of support makes the whole 90 days of phone support kind of moot IMO). as noted apple's retail presence is now limited, but as it grows so will access to this kind of support. for whatever reason, dell has been tops in customer support satisfaction for years on end. this past year? apple. the other PC company that tried retail and has been struggling for a while? gateway. the other PC OEM that has retail locations and tech support in store, whose tech innovations are gaining mindshare and stock value besides apple?...
yeh, must be bc everyone's so fleeced by the glitz of it all.
others r right this could be debated ad infinitum. as happens in these discussions, blanket statements take over. all macs are not overpriced, some are.
all i know is my ibook cost me $899 +$68 for 512MB of extra RAM. i also know that when i encode a 20GB RAW DV file to my file type of choice on my lowly and outdated 1.2Ghz G4, before putting in the 7k60, i could multitask like an OS X pimp b!tchslapping his 15 XP Ho's, that didn't put out the way they should have.
i wasn't looking for it and sure as hell wasn't expecting it, but there it was. no waiting for a different app to pop up, no waiting for the next window to be redrawn, just being able to check my email, write a paper, listen to itunes, drag and drop files into an iDVD project, apply filters to photoshop images, and so on. yeah man, i feel ripped off. they fooled me into buying this expensive POS! god!!! and if i buy the 3 year coverage it'll all come to $1100!!!
perhaps the caveat to apple's tech is that i do think they are too proprietary with it. i can do everything i mentioned above using a standard quicktime pro export, but it takes its sweet time (6-10hrs. not that a divx conversion will go any faster on my PC w/ any degree of features turned on. and windows media encoding? yikes.). if i do the same thing using compressor, a conversion app which is a part of dvd studio pro 3, it gets done in 2.5hrs. ( as far as i know it's a single pass run, and it comes out sharper at the same bit rate then i can do on my PC w/ 2 passes) that's some heavy optimization for their big $ pay to play software. but to say that big $ PC based video apps are not optimized for their respective intel/amd platform would be a lie too.
btw, my desktop:
- athlon xp 3200+
- 512MB DDR 400 dual channel RAM
- MSI nForce 2 Ultra Mobo
- 160GB WD JB 8MB cache
- 80GB WD JB 8MB cache
- 250GB Maxtor maxline III, 16MB cache.
---This drive flies and finally got me to a 50 second OS load (3 weeks fresh) with initalization for NIS and all apps completed.
my paltry 1.2Ghz iBook loads a ~2GB+ OS in the same time. go figure. i'm sorry guys, i gotta go... need to slap my ibook around for being so outdated and underperforming. i'll call it names and tell it that it's no good and i'll drop it like a bad habit the second the G5 or dual core PM lappies come along. if it didn't have such a cheap "floating" hard drive suspension device w/ rubber cushions and no direct soldered connection to the motherboard maybe i'd try and beat it silly till the hard drive went out. those cheap over pricing apple bastards robbed me of my chance to show my apple how despicable it is! gah!!!
yep, i'm just a brainwashed mac-fan who knows nothing about PCs. u think maybe terri hatcher will pose w/ one (apple) in playboy? <crossing fingers>