I use laptops only and most laptops crap out within a few years anyway. My MacBook was $1200 ($1300 after taxes). My VAIO laptop, purchased in March '05 for essentially the same price (slightly more actually), was the worst purchase I ever made--it crapped out in 15 months.
However I will say that my laptop is 2 years old next week and working like a charm . I want to upgrade the hard drive and dvd drive for more space and faster burning speeds. An extra gig of ram and I'll be able to use this for another 2-3 years easy.
As for my "passion" for the subject...I just didn't want to see another unwitting person get sucked into the Apple machine because he/she didn't know any better. I suppose I underestimated just how strongly some people feel about not having to think about certain things. Personally, I love to tear these things up not only to see what makes them tick but to get the most out of my machines. My desktop is also a Sony Vaio and it's 5 years old and running smooth as butter.
I just want people to know that if they are willing to learn something new they can not only have machines that work as well as apples but have them come in at a lower cost and get them to do things better. That's all.
Last edited by OrangePuck; February 19th, 2008 at 11:34 PM.
I'm a convenience whore. I'm fairly computer-savvy as a user, but I'm no techie. And I like OSX a LOT better than Windows.
I use a PC at work all day, and I've owned PC desktops and laptops for many years. I start grad school in the fall and I needed a new laptop because I'd been putting it off since my VAIO crapped out. The people who I trust most when it comes to computer knowledge recommended the MacBook so I tested out my friends' machines, loved it, and made the switch.
Granted, I've been a Mac user for all of 5 weeks now, but I don't see myself ever going back for my home use. I'll be using PCs at work for the rest of my life anyway.
You can get a student discount when you buy your new MAC.
It really is not the PC that is a bad machine its Microsoft. Everyone hates Microsoft and there really is no choice out there to get away from it at this point.
Linux or Unix and its variants - who makes software in Linux for the everyday user in the business world?
Mac OS - Still the red headed step child and almost as limited on software choices as Linux.
IBM OS - Does anyone really run this stuff?
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Get it? My point is people should look into doing things better so that they can get the most out of what they buy. I guess Mac owners just don't want to bother. That's fine, I get it, it's possible to be both computer literate and lazy at the same time.