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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Being mistaken isn't a crime. While I don't necessarily expect that the JS is louder than the 7200.8 in any way that would personally bother me, I don't have any actual measurements and I don't know of anyone that does, which is why I mostly focused on addressing why I thought the arguments against his article in this thread were poorly constructed. I'm not going to take Seagate or WD's measurements at face-value, and I'm not going to take Rayiner's either but I'm not going to say that he's lying. If someone wants to conduct actual measurements of the disks that would be helpful. Also there's a slight problem with just measuring how loud the drives are, which is that different noises are more annoying than others. However, something is better than nothing.

My keyboard makes much more audible noise than any of my HDDs, and much more frequently at that. Actually that's one of the reasons fan noise and optical drives bother me; they produce constant (when in use), often high-frequency background noise. Or really bad GPU fans that sound like leaf blowers. Those are pretty annoying. HDD clicking on the other hand is not that annoying, and I would have to stick my head next to a case in order to hear much else. That hasn't always been the case; I've had some loud SCSI disks before.

Come to think of it, the optical drive is probably the most-irritating thing in my laptop. Now let the fighting over the optical drives begin.

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