[Chugalug] OT: MacBook for sale. Too cheap?

Rod rod-lists at epbfi.com
Sat Nov 16 02:09:19 UTC 2013

While I value the polish of a mac and understand the need of professionals  
like my wife to use its tool set, I found that this hit home.

"I will confess it took me awhile (22 years to be precise), but one day I  
put down the Kool Aid and realized that Apple was, like North Korea, a  
totalitarian entity. In other words, once you get drawn into its eco-sytem  
Apple will control the totality of your technological life (the user  
"experience" which lets face it, is a very nice one), so it can suck its  
upgrade tithe out of you every 18-24 months. Apple does this by terrifying  
their cowering customer/citizens with loss of "support", and lack of new  
"features". Quick thought experiment: Imagine you bought the Beatles White  
Album, but in order to keep listening to it every two years you had to buy  
a completely new record or CD player. And a new copy of the White album,  
which would have a couple brand new, not very good tracks on it from Sir  
Paul and Ringo. No one would do it. Why do we tolerate this kind of  
larceny when it comes to computers and technology? The same reason they do  
in North Korea: Fear, and the proper conditioning."-PowerPC Liberation, No  
Laughing Matter 2/24/2013

On Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:55:48 -0500, Rod <rod-lists at epbfi.com> wrote:

> On Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:28:37 -0500, Stephen Kraus  
> <ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-rog-17-3-laptop-12gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-black/9560016.p?>>id=1219021957327&skuId=9560016&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=9560016&extensionType={adtype}:{network}&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!{keyword}!{matchtype}!>>{adwords_producttargetid}!{network}!{ifmobile:M}!{creative}&kpid=9560016&k_clickid=e48731e1-f4be-47a4-9cab-3e15d5a4ef74
>> Please tell me what you do that even remotely needs 2880 x 1800. Even  
>> if you watch HD movies, they don't exceed 1080 resolution, maybe if you  
>> do Photoshop or CAD it MIGHT be worth it.
> Ding ding ding!
> Stephen I agree with your critique of unibody design . HOWEVER, I have  
> someone who lives in the house who does Photoshop.
> That reason alone that makes it worth paying the apple tax.
> No I don't like the iOSification od OS X. But there really isn't a  
> choice for professional graphics artist.
> BTW I just saw a 2010 macpro laptop with 8 gig of ram latest OSX vers  
> 13" 320 gig hard drive.
> What is street value of this machine?

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