Remember the CAN-YOU-RUN-VISTA program you could download? The one which told you which "number" your system was?
1. Your system cannot run Vista.
2. Your system can run some core components of Vista.
3. Your system can run Vista, but many features will be disabled.
4. Your system can run Vista with most, but not all features enabled.
5. There is no hardware available today to run a full version of Vista with everything turned on.
I like Apple's approach better:
Leopard will run faster than Tiger, even on your old equipment.
Its the opposite of 'bloatware' and we, as cattle, don't know how to handle this information. We don't understand because its completely antithetical to our way of thinking. Microsoft has brainwashed us into thinking that security flaws and poor code are simply a way of life.
When the salesperson at Apple told me that the white MacBook was getting a spec bump, at first I shrugged it off. I don't want a white Mabook, I want a unibody Macbook. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized what a fool I was for turning this down. 667Mhz DDR2 memory aside, this laptop would be running the nVidia chipset and be getting a faster FSB which is what greatly helped the Air Rev B. Now, I can do everything I wanted to do with the unibody on the entry level machine, which will save me up to $1K. Though I'm still waiting on a W2 to come in, I pre-figured my Federal tax return last night. I'm looking at getting at least
$650 back from the Feds and have additional money currently saved for this project. Add to that I should be getting something
back from the State (didn't calculate that yet) plus Obama is talking about giving out
To get a white MacBook, upgraded RAM to 4GB + Apple Care + Fusion shipped to my door is $1596.19. Still a chunk of change, but not anywhere near the $2400+ I was
looking at. The best part is, I'll be able to pay cash and that's if I don't save another dime towards this project, which of course is a ludicrous notion because even though I'm behind the curve now, work is about to pick up and there is plenty of overtime ahead.
My only gripe to this plan is that it is backwards from what I had originally planned
, i.e. buying the Nikon D60 and then the laptop, but this does make more sense. Despite not being able to justify the need for a laptop, I can afford it and I want it and I will
buy it. Once bought, it will be used frequently and heavily. If for some reason I get to the point where I need the cash, the MacBook can
be sold. Thankfully Apple products retain their value when reselling.
The flip side to this, of course, is that I was given
a film camera and have only taken one roll of film with it. There are several reasons for that: it costs to have the film developed; it takes time to get the film developed; the majority of what I would want to do with the pictures I take would be to run them through Photoshop and then publish them on the web. This is much easier to do with a digital camera.
I know I will use the D60 when I get it because I will want to learn the art of photography. The other thing I'm thinking about is Sidewalk
and traveling over the summer. If I want to take a laptop with me, I'd rather have it sooner so I can get all of my apps, data and customization done and out of the way. This takes time. The camera, on the other hand, will be ready for use out of the box. Yes, I'll need time to learn how to use and and use it well, but the camera will take decent photos even if I don't know what I'm doing with it whereas I might not be able to get set up for efficiency on the laptop without the proper lead time.
All in all, I think if I'm going to get a MacBook (and it's not a matter of if but rather when) then I think this is the decision path to go down.
Now if only I had my refund money already. I'm ready to stimulate the economy.