Linked by mjhi11 on Thu 16th Sep 2010 20:13 UTC
Apple I love OSNews, but it does seem like some of its editors enjoy just a little too much taking a good natured jab at Apple upon occasion (well, more like every chance that particular editor can get). I thought it time for a little good news and analysis about Apple that critics often overlook.
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RE: I'm A Little Surprised...
by r_a_trip on Fri 17th Sep 2010 14:32 UTC in reply to "I'm A Little Surprised..."
r_a_trip
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But let's be fair. The appearance, the materials and quality is worth something too and this is an area where few home-built systems can match Apple.

To which, as a techie, I say: Do you want to do computing or look at a pretty picture?

The design is nice, but doesn't enhance the running of the software one iota.

Milled aluminum chasis? Nice, but since playing football with a machine is not required, sturdy, "fugly" plastic is a preferable cheaper option. Never had any mishaps with it. Then again, my mother taught me to treat equipment of any kind well.

It's nice to see what Apple puts out there, but since my ideas of what constitutes a worthwile machine differ day and night from what Apple thinks that should be, they will forever be selling stuff that doesn't answer my needs and therefore they are not a competitive option.

Plus, the "It just Works" department is my department. I make it work, so I don't need Apple (with the associated costs) to do that for me. My free time is cheaper than the hourly wage of tech support. 2 Hours of my free time costs me EUR 0.00. 2 hours of tech support costs me EUR 120.00.

As for retaining value. For me Apple kit doesn't have the value others perceive in it in the first place. For me a valuable machine is one that does its work for as long as it can (which is looong for most stuff I assembled). I don't need high resale value for my old machine just to be able to buy the next slightly improved itteration of it. My machines grow "organically" into what I need them to be.

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