Topic: Second thoughts about Apple
Well, never having missed a chance to attack Apple, I have to reluctantly admit that they have some good points.
I still think they're as evil as MS, but they hide it so much better.
My wife decided it was time that her old iBook was replaced, and decided to buy an iMac. So:
Firstly, looking online I saw that Apple offers you a personal shopper--it's free, you just call and say you'll be at the store at such and such a time, and they hook you up. So, I went a bit early--this is the flagship NYC store, and was quite crowded--it's a holiday weekend in the US. There were greeters, all very nice, and one just chatted with me as I waited for our personal shopping assistant. (His name is Mike, and if he ever comes across these forums, thank you again.)
He was extremely patient--she was undecided about several things--those of you who have shopped with significant others are probably aware that to many women, shopping is a sport. He never lost his patience or his niceness. I added a gig of RAM, Applecare (which has become about $100 less expensive than it used to be) and she decided to add a wireless keyboard. As the copy of Mac Office we have is rather dated as well, we also added the Mac equivalent (though it doesn't have a mailer--which is good in my mind, I dislike Entourage, which goes for for about 80 dollars, iWorks.
Mike demonstrated iWorks to us, and my wife felt that it had some features she definitely wants. It's apparently compatible with all Office formats, which can be important--the old Mac Office sometimes made things that were incompatible with something or another, it once cost her a job interview. It also has the ability to export to PDF, which I don't think Office got till 2007--or maybe it was 2003, I don't know.
OpenOffice of course, has had that for awhile.
So, when I went to set it up, I was looking for trouble and things to criticize. I opened the keyboard and mouse and saw no battery--of course, I said to myself, it's Apple, they won't include batteries--except that they did, it was under another thing in the box.
So, in looking on how to migrate her old stuff, googling indicated you needed a firewire cable. Again, I thought I had them--sheesh, I said to myself, one has to either buy a firewire, or copy it over the network without making use of the migration assistant. Wrong again--during setup, while using the migration assistant, you're given the option of using standard ethernet cable or wireless.
The machine itself is nice. It's not user serviceable save for RAM upgrades, but on the other hand, we've had to send in machines at work, and everything is covered.
All in all, I had to say I was very impressed. They've come a long way from Jaguar. (Actually, towards the end of the iBook's life, I put Tiger on it, which was an enormous improvement.)
I still think they charge too much for the Airbook--as Mike pointed out to her, it's meant as a second computer. I was going to do the RAM upgrade myself, but my wife said that she trusted them more. Of course, I muttered--I only put RAM in servers costing 5 times what this cost, so, what would I know? On the other hand it was a good thing--if, by some chance one of the RAM modules was bad, it would have been a pain in the neck.
So, anyway, I have to take back many of the bad things I have said about Apple. The product and its presentation are quite impressive.
She's been playing happily with it ever since, only punctuated by exclamations of "Come look at this, it's really neat." (Hrrm, that's the best translation I can give of "Sugoi," in this context---cool, super, impressive, all that good stuff.)
By the way, I suppose most of you know that unlike our beloved BSDs, it's a genuine certified Unix.