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...that I couldn't care less about.

Mind you, I've always bought equipment that's just a step below the top-of-the-line. It's a trick I learned from my friend Bart (who I worked for for a while) to get the most bang for my buck.

So when P4 machines came out, I got a P3/800. Bought macs with just below the top processor speed available. Bought a Centrino Pentium M 1.6ghz with 802.11b networking when the 1.7's and a/b/g combo cards were coming out.

At this point, I want an iMac 20" because it's got almost all the power of a PowerMac G5 and a nice big (but not the biggest) display, and is a hell of a lot cheaper. I got a 40gb iPod. I've got the year-old Centrino laptop. They should have years of life before new technology outstrips them so badly that they're unusable.

I couldn't care less about the Mac Mini, or the iPod Shuffle. Neither of them anything near a power performance leader.

But, you know, Apple has spent years building equipment that I wanted, and only equipment that I wanted. If everything they're building is what I want, they're missing out on folks who aren't me, and I can buy only so much equipment.


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Jan. 13th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
I've bought tons of Apple products, but apparently I'm not enough to keep the company afloat. I only bought one iPod (& an early 10GB at that). Perhaps Apple's finally branching out from me & the other few longtime fans ;-)
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
I, too, am underwhelmed. I do want an iPod at some point, but these are just weird retreads of old products and seemingly lame, IMHO.
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't think they're bad products, they're just aimed at a different market segment, one that Apple hasn't paid attention to in recent years.
Jan. 14th, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)
Now if Apple would just come out with a resonably priced laptop for students, like $500, then I'd be happy to finally own one.
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