[opendtv] Re: News: Macintosh and iPod Drive Apple

  • From: "John Willkie" <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 5 May 2007 23:33:45 -0700

My PCs running Windows ?just work? as well.  My time recently has been
priced in the middle range of three digits per hour.  


I find that the problem with PCs has to do with hardware.  Somehow, I don?t
think that the harddrive used on a Mac is inherently more reliable than one
used on PCs.  There is something to be said for Intel motherboards, which
apparently Apple is sole-sourcing from.  


However, the argument tends to fall apart, since Macs are found most often
in environments where ?time has no value? like at home.  In environments
where time has money, like business, Macs have only significant penetration
in a few niches.


I have priced PCs versus Macs in the last two weeks without making any
assumptions as to preference.  PCs were 1/3 the price of similarly-equipped
Macs.  The cheapest Mac I found was $1,379.  The cheapest PC ? somewhat less
power than the Mac ? was $229.  Doing the same for a fraction of the cost
has value, too.


Of course, if all I needed a computer was for making home movies ?.  Nah,
that isn?t clear, either.  The XP box I bought yesterday has MS Movie Maker.
Which I will probably never use.


John Willkie



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Subject: [opendtv] Re: News: Macintosh and iPod Drive Apple


You largely get what you pay for. Apple has higher margins than most PC
vendors, but their prices are not that bad when you compare similar

My Mac "just works", which is something I've never been able to say about
any of the Windows PCs that I've owned or used. If your time has no value,
that may not be important to you. 

On 5/6/07, John Willkie <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

ISTR that you once said that Macs would never support Intel processors, and
would never be able to run windows in any reasonable fashion.

I just bought a new cheap computer, with an LCD monitor.  It cost me less 
than $435 dollars, with Windows XP.  For three times, I could have bought a
new Mac that would be able to run windows.

Yeah, this Mac thing will really take over: maybe 5% of the computer
platforms at one TV station will be running Macs.  Maybe they should change 
their name back to Apple Computer to celebrate.

John Willkie


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