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Interesting article shooting down the common argument of cost - PCs are not cheaper, in the long run:

http://machinist.salon.com/feature/2007/11/07/mac_price/

Plus Macs can run Windows now, if you really want to do that.

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epinephric
Nov. 7th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
I want to be able to easily replace my motherboard, and easily upgrade my video card. That's why I haven't just bought a Dell.

I'm loath to buy and Apple because of a collection of irrational preferences, including that if I'm going to learn a new OS I'd rather it be Linux, and if I'm going to shell out that kind of money I want to be able to play games on it.
epinephric
Nov. 7th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Though, the MacBooks would be pretty persuasive, except the Asus Eee just came out, and there's a collection of nifty non-Mac notebooks that are Linuxable - the Lenovo ThinkPads are apparently some of the best-built tools out there.
grenacia
Nov. 7th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
Hey, I'm not trying to indoctrinate anyone, you seem to know what you're doing with computers. Just thought the article was interesting. And I have some friends who are always complaining about their PCs and admiring my Mac, but don't do anything about it because of price.

Mac OS isn't difficult to learn, btw, its pretty intuitive. Though its always a little bit of a struggle to pick up the habits that go with a new OS, keyboard commands and such.
epinephric
Nov. 7th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
I hear good things about OS X, but I know how hard it is to puck up new habits when trying to learn two different things at once. Eh.

It's probably going to end up being an Apple laptop and PC hardware desktop as a solution, as long as I can dodge Vista.

Though I do hate to admit how much of that is my wanting to be able to play Portal.
purplesquirrel
Nov. 8th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
The article fails to account for upgrades and software. Resale cost alone doesn't measure the cost of owning a machine.
grenacia
Nov. 8th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
True, it is more complex than thet, of course. And its harder to measure, since those requirements depend on the individual somewhat. I got my first Mac, back in the 90s, because I could get free pre-press software from school for it.
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