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June 6, 2004


Posted by Mike on June 6, 2004 10:24 PM

So I went with the eMac SuperDrive model. AppleCare is what swayed me. That and hating having a laptop that' s one platform and a desktop that's another. My fingers were tripping over each other.

I just went back and looked at some writing I did about the iBook after I'd had it home for a month. It all pretty much remains pertinent to this purchasing decision (which feels, with the accompanying purchase of AppleCare, much more like an investment than any clone machine I put together from bits off the computer store shelf). Especially resonant pulls from that writing:

Saying that sort of thing really freaks out a certain kind of user who thinks the person saying it has gone all Stepford. "I'll just die if I don't get to use an Apple!" But it's not like that. Really. For one, I don't have a special, pitying look that I give people who don't use Macs and aren't interested in them.

More on that line of thought:

I recently spent some time with GNOME 2.6, which has met with a ton of opprobrium from the Linux commentariat because it's "dumbed down." As weird as it was to be using a GNOME that didn't allow me to do a lot of tweaking, it was the most comfortable version of the software yet. I set a few prefs to suit me (it's friendly about letting the user put the window widgets either where Windows or Mac finger memory can take over) and away I went. Very smooth, very pleasant, and the most compelling reason to use Linux on the desktop yet. And because I was being "The Judicious Columnist" when I whimped out and called KDE a mere "cluttered riot of over-configurability," I'll make up for that here by saying it's a UI only someone with severe control issues could love.

So now begins the Apple Blowup Watch.


Well, I suppose with what little freedoms George W. has left us with, Mac v. Wintel is one we should appreciate still having.

I've got my bet on "out of the box" but I'll give your system a long-shot bet of two weeks before a key pops out and pokes you in the eye.

Of course, I also do hope for the best as well...

Posted by: "Devil On Left Shoulder" at June 6, 2004 10:36 PM

Oh, and congratulations on your purchase, too! (smiles)

Posted by: "Devil On Left Shoulder" at June 6, 2004 10:36 PM

I've got a prized copy of "Do it!", if it's a serious enough whim that you actually want to borrow the thing.

Posted by: Sven Bonnichsen at June 7, 2004 8:43 AM

Did you consider waiting to purchase given that G5 all in ones are expected in about a month?

Posted by: Leopoldo at June 7, 2004 1:48 PM

Did you consider waiting to purchase given that G5 all in ones are expected in about a month?


eMacs aren't iMacs.

iMacs are considerably more expensive for a display of a comparable size (a 17" flatpanel iMac costs $1799, $800 more than an eMac with similar specs besides the video card, which is nicer on iMacs). Once I decided to not buy another notebook, my mind was pretty well made up on the eMac because it's a good value proposition and remains so.

Posted by: mph at June 7, 2004 2:38 PM