Apple launches new 27-inch Thunderbolt Display, Mac mini

By Matthew ยท 60 replies
Jul 20, 2011
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  1. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,551

    Those were the days! Being led to your seat at the Spectum, one person on each arm to stabilize you. Having to ask, (of Leon Russell), "is this guy any good"? Being told, "not really".

    Nowadays though, I'd watch the concert from my Mac Mini's Blu-Ray drive, with sparks flying off the edges of my, "Thunderbolt", monitor! Screw those crowds. Screw trying to stop at the lights on the way home, instead of actually stopping a half block before them. :confused:
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    "That one goes to eleven"
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,551

    Well see, if you can't afford a computer after you've bought your "Thunderbolt", just leave it turned off, and stare at your own reflection.

    For those of you who simply can't justify a "Thunderbolt" for any reason, yet still suffer from Apple envy, might I suggest staring at your own reflection in the door of your microwave.

    Now I'm picturing the RCA dog, "Nipper", listening to Steve Jobs in the horn of the gramophone. "Now Nipper, go fetch yourself an iPhone"! Nipper c0cks his head and says, Ruh- Roh....!
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Well of have to know who is sneaking up I right??
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,551

    You roll your stone up to it, and peek around it!

    We might as well fracture Greek mythology, since we've fractured everything else today. Meet "Narsysiphus", he's the guy peeking around the rock in the microwave door..

    Hm, do you suppose that it was actually a giant Apple that Sisyphus had to push up the hill for all eternity? Do you think that David killed Goliath by slinging an Apple Mini at him by its USB cable? Do you think it was actually an Apple "Thunderbolt" display that spoke to Moses out of the burning bush?

    I'm trying so desperately to keep this on topic.
  6. I always love to read forum posts from people arguing with each other about how x is better than y or a is much more cost effective that b. Who gives a f*ck? I am an Apple fan. Why? Because I prefer the intuitive software, the reliability (".....has encountered an error and needs to close" doesn't occur on my iMac. Ever), the design/aesthetics and most of all, the effortless integration between my other Apple consumer products (iPhone, Apple TV, iPad etc). Yes it's expensive but then so was my BMW 330ci convertible. Doesn't make it overpriced. It means its quality and is the result of exacting design, research and top quality materials. I have a saying; "cheap price, buy twice". And that is fundamentally what you're getting with WIndows-based machines which are always built by 3rd party manufacturers. Before you ask, yes I also own a windows-based laptop and I hate it. It is unreliable and under spec'd despite my loving OCD-esque maintenance. But I use it because (A) its cheap to replace and (B) because it's cheap its suitable for purpose and I don't mind it becoming dirty or scratched (I work offshore). It would break my heart to see the beautiful exterior of a MacBook getting damaged.

    What I believe the root motivation for you 'Apple haters' is the fact you didn't quite do well at school thus resulting in a mundane job which doesn't pay well enough for you to be able to afford and Apple device. For that I feel for you. I however can quite comfortably afford most consumer purchases and if I wanted could build my own PC that could rival NASA's offerings. But the flaw would be it would be running Windows. So instead I opt for something with the positive attributes I have mentioned above. Apple.

    If it's not for you then its not for you but don't get on your soap box and proclaim that its not worthy. Obviously the sales figures and the fact most professionals (that don't have a job putting digits into a spreadsheet - think architects, graphic fact, most design disciplines) use Apple computers.

    Stand by for incoming :)
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,551

    And now for yet more of Apple's obnoxious product placement campaign.
    Sadly,the same thing is true at this end, "who gives a f*ck".
    It pretty much goes without saying, that most of us don't really care about, the "why" of it either. However, since I don't want to be thought of as a poor host, please do rant on.....
    Well Superman, thanks for stopping by. It's good of you to take time out from waxing your Beemer, and share all this insight with us.

    You have so much Apple s**t, it's like I'm trapped in a "B" Sci-Fi movie where a Mac Book Pro and General Bronze Ones are the only 2 things standing between salvation, and our utter destruction. (My bad, that would be 3 things).

    Now if you'll do us one last favor, by striving for world peace while continuing to uphold the ideals of the Miss America pageant, I know that will make be sleep better tonight..

    And please rest assured I won't ever, ever, give away your secret identity, which of course is, "guest".....;)
  8. Before considering an iMac gsearch how many people have had GPU fairlure, often just outside the 3 year apple care.

    Then search how much a replacement is and then search how many times threads about such have been taken down from the Apple site by apple themselves,

    I once was an apple 'fan-boy' until my 5th mac was an imac.

    never again, spent too uch money on something i could get 3 times better and at half the price if i built it myself, got some forceware and then dual booted osx and doze 7.

    best of both worlds.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,551

    This is an issue that has been going on in electronics for decades, starting with compact stereos.

    I've always been completely mystified as to why people think it's a good idea to have everything in one package. The classic TV with a DVD built in. It's got 30 buck DVD drive, which adds 75 dollars to the price of the TV, and if if fails the whole shebang has to go to the shop. Technology moves on, and you can't pull it and replace it with a Blu-Ray drive either.

    So, these "all in ones" like the eMac, seem like the dumbest idea in history, right from the jump.

    You're talking to someone who would never buy anything but discreet component stereo, and a desk top tower. And yes, make mine Wintel.

    Apple reminds me of Bang & Olufsen stereo, which has adequate specs, but it's not going to set the world on fire. And so, it sells to the socially preoccupied, with more money than practical experience and knowledge, on style points alone.

    It is sad that, "I paid more for mine than you paid for yours", is almost a social imperative. And a smart shopper is considered a "cheapskate".
  10. captaincranky, you may have been asked stuff like this before but I'm curious.

    1) If you could get a Mac with the same exact hardware specs for the same exact price as a Windows pc, would you consider getting it?

    2) If you had the option to run OS X on non-Apple hardware, would you consider that?
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,551

    That's a fair question.

    I really wouldn't consider buying another branded computer. I'm still using the first prebuilt machine I bought, an ancient eMachines. I build whatever suits my fancy, but it's all mainstream. I thought the E2200 Pentium dual core was cool, and built a machine around it. A P45 / E7300, then a Core i3. Since the parts in a Mac are pretty much the same as the parts in a PC, I suppose the point is at least partly moot. I suppose if I could buy a bare Apple desktop case, I might grab it as a joke.

    I have very little experience with the Mac OS. However, I regard it, and the newer iterations of Linux, (IE "Ubuntu"), as a novelty. In spite of the fact I don't game, I'd stick with Windows. I actually ran Ubuntu in the eMachines for a bit. As I said, it just seemed like a novelty, and I kept missing the boot loader screen. So, it was a pain to power back down, then babysit the reboot to get Windows loaded. (I simply wasn't interested enough to learn to modify GRUB to boot Windows first automatically).

    To embrace the Mac OS, is to have the Apple corporation's will forced on you, and be forced to run through their very controlling software "maze". I won't even go near iTunes.

    Perhaps because I also avoid P2P, I don't seem to have the problems with any version of Windows that many complain bitterly about.

    Silly s***, like complaining about having to reboot with Windows after a program install, and not having to do the same with a Mac OS, I consider trifling BS. Windows is what it is, it works almost without fail for me, so there isn't a salient reason to abandon it.

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