We’ve never spoken of computers here except in passing, today Apple released the latest model in their iMac series, I just spent a few minutes at their online site looking at the specs and then I knocked of an email to another Mac friend in UK, here’s what I said.
Bill: I just ‘built’ my ideal Mac, just for the fun of it at this stage, I added twin fastest processors, extra memory, bigger H/D, wireless mouse/keyboard, top of the line graphics card, iWork and insurance. With the 24″ monitor it comes out less than I paid for my 512K Mac in 1986, [$2800] in fact it’s less than any Mac I’ve ever bought and it’s hundreds times more powerful. I’m tempted. I don’t think $2500 is a lot for that computer given how much time I spend with it and the enjoyment it gives me: that’s the Education price, retail’s about $250 more.
In addition I’d add Parallels and Darkroom.
1-3 business days
* 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
* 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM – 2x2GB
* NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS w/512MB GDDR3
* 750GB Serial ATA Drive
* Apple wireless Mighty Mouse
* Apple Wireless Keyboard (English) + User’s Guide
* iWork ’08 preinstalled
* Accessory kit
* AppleCare Protection Plan for iMac – Auto-enroll
* SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
* 24-inch glossy widescreen LCD
* AirPort Extreme
* Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Currently my wife and I have 3 macs in daily use plus all my old ones are upstairs, my main one is a G5 with extra memory, graphics, hard disc and a 22″ monitor, there’s also an external 300GB drive. My second is a G4 and my wife uses an eMac. I don’t NEED another but I am tempted. Beyond email and internet I use all mine for music: Sound Studio, Audacity, Wiretap, for photos: Photoshop and Illustrator, Nikon scan 4, Vuescan and iPhoto, for photo and video retrieval from my file system, both Popcorn and Toast get a bit of use and I’ve dabbled with Protools. It’s obviously a sophisticated ‘typewriter’ and built in file system and broadband takes it into an entirely new world
What does everybody else use and think of computers in general and how do you use them?