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  1. Thanks for posting that. The “commentary” section was really useful. I had a conversation just last night with my brother in which we tried to figure out what the announcement meant for purchasing a mac in the near term (I’m about to buy an emac this summer, he just bought an imac and plans to buy another soon).

      1. Oooops. Sorry. Let me try that again:
        Excellent! Give the man five Mildew dollars for the excellent link… I just got back from the factory… and had been thinking maybe a new computer would allow me to store more… pictures of dog breeds… so the information was most useful… thanks again… I’m off to masturbate fry catfish for dinner.
        You know, I don’t know why anyone still reads what I write.

  2. We were thinking of getting a new Mac about a year from now, and I think that will still be a wise choice. If Apple is indeed starting the switch at the low end, it will probably have a Pentium M in it. Two issues Macintouch raised:

    I am almost certain you’ll be able to run Windows through something like VirtualPC or VMware, no rebooting needed. It will require a licensed version of Windows. I suppose they could also try to make WINE work on OS X – well, good luck to them.
    Umm, the reason you bought a Mac was the OS and hardware fit and finish, not the chip. Until Longhorn exhibits the same kind of features, usability, and freedom from malware that OS X does today, there are some compelling reasons (other than OS identity politics) to run OS X. And right Windows XP turns my 1.6 GHz Thinkpad with 768 Mb of RAM into a brick of molasses when I ask it to do two things at once.

    1. My reason for wanting a Mac is that you can run a full apache server with PHP and MySQL on it, allowing me to have a real ripping development server for the web sites I run… so I didn’t think that their “what’s the point?” item was that compelling.
      I am frightened by the software investment going up in smoke. I want to pull the trigger on July 1st. I figured I’d end up getting the Macromedia suite of software (I only have PC versions now) plus Microsoft Office. Now I’m not so sure.

      1. I sympathize with your software investment anxiety, since I actually pay for the stuff, too. The biggies are Adobe Ilustrator (which, frankly, I don’t use that much) and MS Office. Then comes BBEdit and a bunch of shareware. Most everything else is free or even open source, and if there’s one class of software which will be in pretty good shape for the transition, it’s open source and small programs. Since I have a such an old Mac to upgrade (350 MHz G3), if the low-end Intel-based Mac runs those programs that 800 MHz G4 speeds, I’ll be ecstatic and won’t bother upgrading those more expensive programs.
        If you’re just about to buy bigger-ticket software, I guess it could be a little more awkward. The PPC version of Office should be fine on Intel, but still, how much are companies like MS and Macromedia going to ask for new versions ?
        Something else that should cushion the pain: much of what Apple supplies with new hardware (all the standard apps, plus iLife, which is not a free upgrade) are first-rate applications that will certainly be native when the new machines ship.

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