Linked by Rayiner Hashem on Tue 15th Nov 2005 17:44 UTC
Apple I recently bought one of the new dual core PowerMacs. Having used the machine for a couple of weeks, I thought I would share some of my observations and feelings about it. First, let me get my biases out in the open. I have, for about four years, very happily used Linux on my desktop. Doing so has made me very comfortable with the UNIX environment in general, and with GNOME specifically. During that time, I have used OS X machines on a regular basis, so I am quite comfortable in that environment as well. Since I switched to Linux, I have not used Windows for anything more than the occasional bit of software testing or lab work, and generally feel quite uncomfortable with it. Thus, this article is very much written from the perspective of someone who finds OS X and Linux pleasing on principle. I implore the reader to make his own value judgments based on my comments.
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RE: Not very accurate I'm afraid
by japail on Wed 16th Nov 2005 00:49 UTC in reply to "Not very accurate I'm afraid"
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Your purchasing and usage habits have nothing to do with the quality of the hardware Apple uses. To put it in perspective I have a PC with 286 from 1988 that still works fine. I could have it disposed of tomorrow if I wanted, or I could plug it in and remind myself of how irritating using that computer was when I was a little kid. You'd probably toss it out and put up a tick mark next to your 5-year old Mac. In total I have 23 (two are Macs) computers all in functioning condition ranging in acquisition from '88 to the one I put together three weeks ago. Do I get a gold star? Does that make a motherboard out there with low-quality capacitors better or worse? Does it change what hardware Apple puts in the modern Mac? (Hint: it changes nothing)

The quality of the hardware of a computer can only be assessed by the quality of the hardware in a computer. It doesn't generalize. It doesn't carry over from model to model because of the brand. Your anecdotal experience and my anecdotal experience over a range of hardware over many years doesn't change the quality of the HDD or RAM that came in my iMac (neither was the best when I bought it) or the PowerMac. Pretending that Apple's hardware is of objectively superior quality when most of it consists of stock, commodity hardware that many other OEMs use only serves to make your purchasing decisions less sensible and make yourself appear biased.

Yeah, there are really bad PC OEMs out there and if you buy from them, the chances are pretty good you'll get a shitty computer. Well, so what? How does that make the quality of the hardware selected by Apple top of the line when it isn't?

Edited 2005-11-16 00:51

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