Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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REALLY?
by lucas_maximus on Thu 27th Sep 2012 20:03 UTC
lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

Classic ain't going anyway, it might transform, but it still going to be there for years to come.

Have fun with the Mac upgrade cycle.

EDIT: What happened to your Windows 7 license? ... 2020 is EOL. There will be probably Quantum Computers by then.

Edited 2012-09-27 20:07 UTC

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REALLY?
by Morgan on Thu 27th Sep 2012 21:46 in reply to "REALLY?"
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2005-06-29

It's not just about the OS, it was as much about hardware reliability, warranty, and convenience of repair centers. He was tired of building his own hardware and being his own warranty, so for sane financial reasons he went with what works. I'm sure it might be a bit different if he didn't rely on his computer for his job, but...wait why am I typing all of this? It's all covered very well in Thom's piece. Apparently you didn't read it at all.

And for what it's worth, I applaud him. He made a decision based on his needs and budget versus his wants and biases. For similar reasons, I prefer to buy off-lease HP, Dell and Lenovo business-class machines when it comes time to upgrade. Not only do I save a ton of money over buying new, such machines tend to be built better than their consumer lines and are much, much cheaper to obtain and maintain than anything I could build. I'd have to blow my budget to hell to match the quality. Also, since the hardware is fairly standard in the business class, alternative OS support is virtually guaranteed.

The machine I'm typing this on now is an HP slimline that has been rock-solid for the past year I've had it. I got it for $40 and with a $70 video card upgrade and another $20 to max out the RAM I have a machine that is dependable, quiet and well supported by its manufacturer. Windows 7 works on it very well, along with every alternative OS I've thrown at it. In fact, the only hiccup in that arena has been my aftermarket video card; it's just too new for GNU right now. The onboard video is fully supported in everything but Haiku.

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REALLY?
by lucas_maximus on Thu 27th Sep 2012 23:52 in reply to "REALLY?"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It's not just about the OS, it was as much about hardware reliability, warranty, and convenience of repair centers. He was tired of building his own hardware and being his own warranty, so for sane financial reasons he went with what works. I'm sure it might be a bit different if he didn't rely on his computer for his job, but...wait why am I typing all of this? It's all covered very well in Thom's piece. Apparently you didn't read it at all.



I already said I agree with this. I was commenting on the Windows 8 bit at the end that tbh had no bearing on the hardware at all, and I don't think the OS either since Classic is STILL FUCKING THERE.

And for what it's worth, I applaud him. He made a decision based on his needs and budget versus his wants and biases. For similar reasons, I prefer to buy off-lease HP, Dell and Lenovo business-class machines when it comes time to upgrade. Not only do I save a ton of money over buying new, such machines tend to be built better than their consumer lines and are much, much cheaper to obtain and maintain than anything I could build. I'd have to blow my budget to hell to match the quality. Also, since the hardware is fairly standard in the business class, alternative OS support is virtually guaranteed.


Good for you, I dunno what the point is.

The machine I'm typing this on now is an HP slimline that has been rock-solid for the past year I've had it. I got it for $40 and with a $70 video card upgrade and another $20 to max out the RAM I have a machine that is dependable, quiet and well supported by its manufacturer. Windows 7 works on it very well, along with every alternative OS I've thrown at it. In fact, the only hiccup in that arena has been my aftermarket video card; it's just too new for GNU right now. The onboard video is fully supported in everything but Haiku.


Again what has this got to do with anything?

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by bassbeast on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 06:09 in reply to "REALLY?"
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Not to mention the price they charge for that hardware, which honestly isn't great to start with (An HD6750? Really?) is just insane. And I agree with win 7 lasting until 2020 Ballmer can squirt out his metro all he wants, isn't gonna affect anybody.

Heck we are just now getting games that support DX10/11 so I doubt seriously there will be any software in 2019 you couldn't run on Win 7 just fine and hopefully Ballmer will "retire" (be run off by the board) long before then and Win 9 will be back to a traditional desktop with just new features to get you to buy.

So while I'm glad Thom is happy with his new iMac if you were gonna go for the hard to upgrade walled garden why not get a Macbook? at least they keep their resale value longer than the iMacs do.

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