Subject: Re: Anyone ever used a Compaq EVO laptop?
To: Andrew Brown <>
From: Jim Wise <>
List: regional-nyc
Date: 06/03/2003 11:41:25
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On Tue, 3 Jun 2003, Andrew Brown wrote:

>> He, and I really do want one of these sexy 17" powerbooks, too. :)
>"sexy" is exactly why i won't buy one.  you pay more for "sexy", but
>you don't get that much more in terms of functionality that would do
>anything for me.
>apple has long stood on making aesthetically nicer machines that are
>not technically better.

Better than what?  Apple has a long record of selling products which are
decidedly better than the coeval PC hardware, at least in the areas they
consider important:

  * apple was selling SCSI desktops when buying a desktop PC meant the
    old crappy IDE

  * apple was selling machines with 16-bit sound on board when an 8-bit
    sound blaster was 1337!!1!

  * apple was first to market with machines which shipped with 16-bit
    video support.

  * apple supported transparently dual-headed systems almost a decade
    before windows, and a decade and a half before Xinerama

  * apple sold the first laptop with integrated wireless

  * apple sold the first desktop to support USB keyboard and mouse out
    of the box, and the first desktop to support firewire out of the

I'm sure lots of people here can think of plenty of other examples.
This ain't to say `go buy a mac', but people often forget what a swamp
the Peecee hardware world has usually been...

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				Jim Wise
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