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: Overall not a very good article
by japail on Tue 15th Nov 2005 23:01 UTC in reply to "Overall not a very good article"
japail
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2005-06-30

If anything is 'whiny' here it's your post. You confuse commenting on 'quality' with being surprised with what you get. Mentioning the noise of the G5 receives "well of course it's louder than something you made yourself [plus I'm ignoring your comments about those Dell machines]." Referring to a model of WD HDD as "cheap" brings up the Raptor (which is neither quiet nor the HDD mentioned). I think the noise here is overstated and "cheap" from a quality perspective undeserved, but you could mention a review from Storage Review rather than bring up a completely unrelated product.

Getting used to noise pollution is "damage." It's great you don't care, but that has little to do with the quality of his review.

I don't think the review is completely coherent, and I've certainly seen better, but it's not especially bad. Colloquialisms are the least one has to complain about in the age of the blog, and if anything really bothered me it was the collection of disparate concerns in an attempt to provide an all-encompassing review of not just the product but the 'switch.' Not a big deal, and definitely of higher quality than the average submission here.

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Robert Escue Member since:
2005-07-08

And where did I say anything about Dell machines in any of my posts? How about not confusing my posts with others. I did mention HP and Sun hardware in one of my posts.

I was trying to make a point about the quality of Western Digital's products, obviously you didn't get it.

The point about noise is relevant since Rayiner spends a significant amount of time discussing it. Some people go "over the top" about noise and considering the purpose and market for this machine, I am not surprised by the number of fans and the amount of noise it makes. If one of the things you are looking for in a machine is something that is quiet, then don't buy a workstation class machine for the power then bitch about the noise.

I have seen better articles here as well, and this is not one of them.

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japail Member since:
2005-06-30

Did you read his article where he specifically mentions the Dell computers in his apartment being quieter, or did we read different articles?

Maybe what you don't get is that the quality of "Western Digital" makes no sense. The quality of models makes sense. OH MY GOD YOU HAVE A WESTERN DIGITAL? DON'T THEY MAKE THE RAPTOR? THAT MUST MEAN IT'S COMPARABLE TO THAT SEAGATE DRIVE IF NOT BETTER. Your argument is completely amusing. It's the model of HDD he's referring to as cheap, not the company. The company and its other products don't matter. How do you refute his comments? By making some vague reference of knowing their history (wow, what a spectacular argument) and referring to a completely irrelevant product.

His point is that his competitive X2 machine is quieter. And commenting about the noise only bothers you because it's negative. You've damaged your hearing with noise pollution, but that's no big deal right? You don't care, so why include it in a review.

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japail Member since:
2005-06-30

It just occurred to me that you didn't understand the function of the brackets in the made up quote I wrote. Brackets in a quote represent additions or substitutions to a quote to clarify meaning, which in my post I was using to point out that you were intentionally ignoring his comment about the pre-built Dells in order to dismiss his comments about noise on the grounds that he made the X2 himself. Since you didn't say it yourself, I took the liberty of pointing it out with the brackets.

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