Monday, February 24, 2003

Powerbook Dreams

It's nice to have this laptop working again. I kinda miss it. It's been sitting in the corner collecting dust because I've been too lazy to reformat the thing and get it working. The other reason why I didn't use it is because it's fucking unbelievably loud. I think Sony thought it would be a good idea to save a few bucks on every unit they shipped by using a low grade hard drive. The result? Everyone I know who owns a Sony laptop complains about how brain numbingly loud they are. Good job Sony, way to go, glad you guys were able to save a few million. Nice to know that I won't be a return customer.

What's the next laptop I'm going to buy you ask? Well, that's an Apple Powerbook of course. Not because they're incredibly sexy to look at or because it's just the "in" thing to do these days. I want to buy it for a few reasons:

1. OS X is actually really great. It does what I when I want, the way I want it. It's fast, reliable, and even their BSOD is friendly.

2. More bang for your buck. People say, yeah, but Macs are so much more expensive, why would you invest so much into a computer. I agree with those people whole-heatedly. When it comes to a desktop, PC's are hands down cheaper and get the job done. When it comes to a laptop, you usually get stuck buying from a major vendor and paying an arm and a leg doing it. I'd much rather give those dollars to Apple because they make a far superior product.

3. iPod's own. Being a proud owner of not only one, but two iPods (I gave one to my girlfriend) I must admit, Apple nailed the portable devices. And no matter, what, using an iPod with Music Match Jukebox makes me feel like I'm pulling teeth from a 15 year old, knocked up kitten, about to give birth to a litter under a dumpster.

4. Macs don't evolve as fast as x86 hardware. Some people would probably see that as a bad thing, but when it comes to laptops, due to their highly limited upgrades, Powerbooks are way ahead of what's available in the marketplace. So I look at it as an investment in the future.

5. Freedom from the nightmare that is becoming the PC. Everyone and their mom is trying to make my PC into a uber secure platform where users don't have a choice to use them the way they want. Well, I'm going to put my money where my mouth is. Screw DRM's. You can shove these insanely written EULAs giving them access to everything I own.

I'm switching because Apple is my way out.

Need I say more? I probably could, but I'm going to refrain. I'm going to spend this time giving my girlie a back rub and then I'm going to go to bed.

Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite.

-s

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