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  • Oct 24, 2006
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  • Unless Best Buy sets up a special Apple-only area/aisle with a trained and easily identified Mac Specialist that actually owns one, and a good selection of Mac software, similar to what CompUSA did, this is going to fail miserably. I, too, have had pitiful technical assistance at Best Buy; it's the WalMart of electronics stores. You MUST do you homework BEFORE you step one foot into the blue-yellow box, because all that the blue-shirted boys and girls know how to do is to vaguely point to the other side of the store and mutter unconvincingly "It's over there." As is very common there, the Apple computers will soon get the usual thick coating of dust on all of the display items, with dirty keyboards and fingerprinted mice, surrounded by all sorts of old and discarded signage and miscellaneous trash. Price signs old or missing. To compound the problem further, the store's source of technical knowledge, the Geek Squad, will spew their Mac myths and rumors as if it were fact. Macs might as well be a UFO... "My uncle Jeb saw one once, and he'll never go near one again! So, I wouldn't recommend it." You'd get much better and faster help if you just order it online at
    Aryugaetu had this to say on Oct 24, 2006 Posts: 10
    Best Buy and Apple: Friend or Foe?
  • For what they do, especially when compared to their MS Windows equivalents, Tiger, iLife and iWork are very inexpensive. But, I also agree that people tend to gravitate towards what is cheap and easy, bundling the whole Tiger+iLife+iWork as a complete and simple computer solution for about $149, would make many people consider the Mac as a better alternative; knowing that their system and major aps can be updated about every other year for a single price is very tempting. Buying each of these aps, shelling out more and more money for incremental increases actually does make a loyal user feel like they are being taken advantage. Yea, it could be much worse, my computer could be running MS Windows XP, but merely because the alternative is worse is no comfort from the feeling of being manipulated by someone that claims to be a friend. Apple enjoys thinking far beyond the box, but they seem to be stuck in the same software marketing rut as the rest of the industry.
    Aryugaetu had this to say on Oct 18, 2006 Posts: 10
    The Cost of Apple Discipleship
  • Going back decades in the way-back machine, while attending one of the lectures of my favorite electronics design instructor (a closeted philosopher), he said that with technology it is very easy to make very impressive, state-of-the-art, products. But, above all else, you must be aware of the difference between what is impressive and what is important. You can impress your customer by having a hundred dials and meters, all lit up like a tree on Christmas eve, or you can do what is important. The function of technology is to make life easier. Use technology to REDUCE the number of dials and lights. Let it assume the complex responsibilities that no one wants to cope with, especially the home/novice user. It is easy to make a stereo with a dozen knobs to fine tune the audio, but the true designer will have a stereo with one button, "Power On/Off", and one knob, "Volume", and the rest of the circuitry self-adjusts all other audio parameters to the environment. THAT is technology at its best! THAT is the designer at their best! All of the current Apple ads illustrate various aspects of the Mac's simplicity. THAT is what technology is for!!
    Aryugaetu had this to say on Sep 26, 2006 Posts: 10
    Apple Understands Simplicity
  • I would use it as a display device when a visual output is necessary when I remotely talk to my computer. Although the simple bluetooth-like headset is always on and monitored by my computer for all verbal input, a tablet as an input device would be necessary fro those times when speaking is inappropriate or inadequate. I see no reason not to have a small, highly portable, computing device (or dumb I/O device linked to a very powerful remote computer) that does not require a mouse or keyboard. For me, I do not type very well on this highly illogical QWERTY device, and handwritten notes and doodles are much quicker and more informative for me. I am also very aware of many less capable individuals, both mentally and physically, that could have their daily lives greatly enhanced by such a device. A very brilliant friend of mine (originally my calculus tutor) has a very difficult time talking. His words are very muffled and often unintelligible, and his dexterity is too poor for sign language. Such a portable device could translate his unique sounds into text for others to read and/or hear. Another friend of mine is blind, it would be great to have a tablet with a built-in iSight so he can just point it to any text such as a street or store sign and it describes the sign and speaks the text: "A banner above you reads 'All coats 50 percent off.'" With GPS and a proximity detector, that same iTablet would guide him anywhere. Besides, such a device would also offer me the ability to remotely view published articles by narrow-minded, ego-centric, authors that feel that if they cannot find a need for a device in their own life that it has no place in anyone else's life. Just because you do not need a cane does not mean that we should not make them, and most assuredly, the world needs not pass it by you for your royal stamp of approval. GROW UP!!! ...or tell me how I can get a job such as yours writing about lame opinions without substance. I'd love to stop doing real work for a living!
    Aryugaetu had this to say on Sep 21, 2006 Posts: 10
    What Would You Do With An iTablet?
  • Officially, in Apple's service and support, they will support Macs up to 5 years old. But, each new version of the OS seems to be able to extend even further than those 5 years, albeit usually with some feature/effects limitations. But, I must admit, each Mac OS update has made my older Mac even faster and more reliable; the exact opposite of MS Windows' behaviour.
    Aryugaetu had this to say on Aug 09, 2006 Posts: 10
    Leopard Preview Gives Clue to Top Secret New Feature
  • As soon as Apple themselves run anti-virus software then I will consider it, too. As of this afternoon, bringing this point to a Mac Specialist, he was quite proud that even though their computers are relentlessly used and abused by daily swarms of geeky high schoolers, none of the macs in the store, front or back, as any virus protection. He promptly ran the Activity monitor and proved it. (Albeit, they do run a shield program that restores the whole system to a pre-established state when it's restarted.) My logic is as follows: If Apple has the balls enough to run a national ad touting their immunity to PC viruses; not one self-replicating Mac virus exists; and Apple's own publicly accessible computers have no anti-virus software; then there is absolutely no need for me to give it another moment of though. Y'all are either screamin' "the sky is falling" or bitching about those people. Get a friggin' life.
    Aryugaetu had this to say on May 08, 2006 Posts: 10
    Do Macs Need to Run Extra Antivirus Software?
  • ...wandering about a bit further has taken me into an all new fun area within Perhaps, this is the clue we seek...?
    Aryugaetu had this to say on Feb 22, 2006 Posts: 10
    Anyone Else Smell "Surprise?"
  • ...but, I have digressed. The clue here is "fun". To guess what it may be, I'd try to image what Steve Jobs would find fun. Hmmm....
    Aryugaetu had this to say on Feb 22, 2006 Posts: 10
    Anyone Else Smell "Surprise?"
  • iBook = MacBook PowerBook = MacBook Pro PowerMac = MacPro iMac = iMac (the consumer all-in-one has too much unique social identity to be changed) iMacPro = an dual Intel Core Duo (effectively a quad) with upgraded memory and (replaceable) video graphics card, all contained in a newly redesigned all-in-one form. Apple has found that prosumers replace the whole computer faster than they replace the graphics cards. This all-in-one while not as versatile in monitor and PCI slots, does offer an unbeatable price-to-quality value, especially for the entry level pro.
    Aryugaetu had this to say on Feb 22, 2006 Posts: 10
    Anyone Else Smell "Surprise?"
  • First, I find it rather ridiculous to dedicate a whole article on a very old Mac question; one, two or a multi button mouse. Second, without one in your hands, how do you know it doesn't have a 2nd mouse button? The Mighty Mouse sports 4 buttons, all rather very well hidden. I would think that the MacBook Pro could have a two button pad depending upon which side of the button your finger was on, and make it all very customizable, just like the Mighty Mouse in System Preferences. This article is too weak of a topic AND far too premature. Much like the Oscars where there is more hype about who may win rather than reviewing the histories of the winners and enjoying the real talent. Put the focus where it should be; on the innovative product and NOT on your own mindless and unimaginative ego.
    Aryugaetu had this to say on Jan 31, 2006 Posts: 10
    Apple's One Button MacBook Pro Mistake