Sunday, February 03, 2008

Cheap at half the price or why I buy Apple #94

Via John Gruber, here's an entertaining tale of Vista woe.
One machine that BestBuy did have was a $1000 HP desktop (no monitor).

My friend said “this is going to be a nightmare; I’ve heard such bad things about Windows Vista; maybe I should switch to Apple?” I confidently assured her that we would have the machine up and running within 20 minutes.

This top-of-the-line HP includes a keyboard and mouse with the old PS/2 connectors that I hadn’t seen for 10 years. I plugged them in. I connected the machine to the monitor and mains voltage and powered up. After answering a few questions about time zone and language the machine displayed some crystalline graphics and then a soothing uniform blue screen with an error message about “IRQ” and some discussion about dumping core.

I repeated this process a few more times, each time getting farther along before the machined blue-screened. It finally booted and I was able to connect a network cable and open up a Web browser. No Internet connection.

I called HP for technical support. The telephone support voice menus helpfully explained that Pavilion PCs were not eligible for phone support.

Why don't you go and see what happens next?—whilst I wipe the tears of hysterical laughter from my eyes and attempt to stitch my sides back together...

DISCLAIMER: I own Apple shares which, despite the company's record first quarter profits of $1.58 billion from revenue of $9.6 billion, have plummeted to May's levels over the last couple of weeks.


Quiet_Man said...

He really should build his own pc, I did, installed vista 64 (20 mins) and it's rock solid. If you buy from multinationals you get everything you deserve.

Anonymous said...

Apples have their place, and that is indeed for people who feel intimidated by PS/2 ports, which are far from obsolete and have only recently dropped from common use.

Apple is also for people who would be horrifed at the thought of buying an expansion card for their PC, or indeed even taking the cover off.

The kind of person who can't even boot a PC without a bluescreen.

People whose inadequacies, both in technology, and their personal life, leads them to seek out an exclusive.....oh to hell with it, I tire of this bullshit.

Suffice to say, buying an Apple is buying fascism.

countdruncula said...

I'm not surprised Apple's shares have plummeted, given their weak showing at this year's keynote. Note even the most avid smoker of Steve Jobs' sacred cock (i.e. you, DK) could argue that some skinny fucking laptop, crippled in functionality, could be worth £2000.

Devil's Kitchen said...


For what it's worth, I agree with you to an extent. However, it would be nice if you bothered to get your facts right: the MacBook Air is priced at $1,799, and £1,199 here.

For what it's worth, were it cheaper, I would happily buy it because I am not the sort of total amateur who relies on a laptop as their primary machine. However, knocking 2 pounds off the carrying weight would be great.

I do have a MacBook, and how often do I use:

1) Ethernet: never.
2) USB: never.
3) Firewire (even on my main machine): never.
4) Massive graphics apps: never.

I agree that the price-point is wrong: it should be below a grand, certainly.

But, seriously, if you use MS Word for the majority of your work (and I'd wager most people use little more than that) and you manage to strain this processor, is it the machine or the software that is crap?

Answer: it's the software.

Software writers have an awful lot to answer for, they really do. If any software developers are reading this: you are fucking shit. You are shit bloatware developers and I hope that you burn in hell.

How is it that MS Word runs no faster on an 2GHz Intel processor than it did on a 166GHz PPC 604e.

Software developers are lazy cunts who often manage to utterly negate the advances in hardware.

Burn in hell, crappy software developers: burn in hell.


countdruncula said...

Ahem... There is in fact a two grand model, although I will conceded that I hadn't previously realised that it was the one with the solid state drive.

Not sure I could live without ethernet, especially on a laptop. How many corporate environments allow wifi access to their networks? We certainly do not. Quite simply, I think the air is not sufficiently tooled up for the business user, and too pricey for the hobbyist. I imagine it will do wonders for MacBook sales though.

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