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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RE[3]: Thinkpad + Linux
by abdavidson on Fri 28th Sep 2012 23:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Thinkpad + Linux"
abdavidson
Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh yeah definitely. I knew I saved money from the wallet by doing all that stuff myself; picking and choosing components, putting it together, dealing with the retailers or worse the manufacturers myself if it went wrong.

For some years I used to actually enjoy that stuff (was I mad!?) but after a while it was drudgery that I accepted because... I was saving money.

That was the justification to continue doing it at that point but it took no account of the worth of my time or quality of my life.

Strangely, concurrently to this period I ran my own business and another small organisation for some years and for them I would never have thought of taking that on by myself: for business continuity AND use of my time viewpoints.

It took me a while to get to the point where I realised why am I doing it in my private life?

Again, everyone is in a different place; some people are where I was, some people are where I am, others might be somewhere way different.

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RE[4]: Thinkpad + Linux
by brichpmr on Sun 30th Sep 2012 17:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Thinkpad + Linux"
brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

For those who want to cobble their computer together to save money, the obvious question is: What is your time worth?

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RE[5]: Thinkpad + Linux
by Alfman on Sun 30th Sep 2012 18:13 in reply to "RE[4]: Thinkpad + Linux"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

brichpmr,

"For those who want to cobble their computer together to save money, the obvious question is: What is your time worth?"

I am left to wonder if this was meant as a sincere or rhetorical question? But my answer is yes, I can get exactly what I want on my own builds. I'm kind of mystified at the comments that tend to imply it's such a difficult task to do.

There could be a difference for linux users though since most shops don't cater to us. Even my favourite online store doesn't sell linux systems. Linux users don't really like buying a system with windows pre-installed, paying the ms tax, and then installing linux over it. Just buy a barebones system, add ram, disk & whatever peripherals you want, then your golden. I've actually been using the same computer case for a decade now, it's high quality and I'm happy with it.

Incidentally, I've accumulated a large stockpile of keyboards and mice owing to family who've bought complete systems and which come with peripherals they already have. Instead of throwing them away they give them to me.

I've never been inclined to judge anybody by whether or not they assemble their own systems, I find it odd that others do.

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