Monday, July 16, 2007

iDon't Think So.

I've never been a fan of Apple. Their machines are cool, I must admit, but they're expensive and once you have one you're stuck in the Apple software ghetto. So, you wouldn't have found me out there among the iCultists waiting for the new iPhone. These two stories don't help. First, Apple stands to make a 55 percent profit on iPhones due to the huge markup in price. (Here.) Second, the iPhone's battery is soldered in the machine. Here's how iPhone users get to replace their battery.
"Users would have to submit their iPhone to Apple for battery service. The service will cost users $79, plus $6.95 for shipping, and will take three business days.

The procedure is similar to the one it has for the company's best-selling iPod players, but because some users won't want to live without their cell phones, Apple is also offering a loaner iPhone for $29 while the gadget is under repair."
Wow, $114.95 just to replace a battery. That's user friendly.



I use Macs but I am no fan-boy. Also work pays for my computer equipment so that may skew my view of things.

but they're expensive

My own feeling - based on two laptops, no desktops - is that the extra money spent pays off down the road when the machine is still usable.

YMMV - if you use a machine for a two years and then buy a new one this isn't going to be viable. But five years on my first Mac laptop is purring along.

and once you have one you're stuck in the Apple software ghetto.

Perhaps we use our computers for different purposes. Any software that has been written to run under X11 can run on my Mac. I use a ported version of OpenOffice called NeoOffice. I don't feel like I'm in a ghetto, especially.

Again - not a Mac fan-boy. When someone comes along with a better machine I'll happily use it.
Hi Brian, Thanks for the comments. I work in the legal profession and use PCs at my job. Those lawyers I know who love the Mac are always having to pay extra for the software they need or they can't find it. The legal world seems set up for PCs. Other professions may be more suited to the Apple miniverse. For my own use I have three Sony computers: one PC and two laptops. (I can't stop consumin'!) They look as cool as Macs, at least to me, they cost me less, and I've never had any problems with any of them in 1-5 years of use. Of course, I'm a pretty simple computer user.
The legal world seems set up for PCs.

Hah - only because we've worked hard to make it so.

When I started my working life my first civilian job was to provide support for a legal department at an electric utility as they transitioned form Wangs to PCs and hookups to online databases.
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