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Re: My Venerable 386
In reply to charles mueller's message sent 12/4/97 3:32 PM:
> It hasn't escaped me that, on a discussion list with 270 computer
>experts, one should be able to get at least a small amount of good
>consumer-shopping advice. For example, the New York Times (12/2/97, p.
>B12), praises the IBM Aptiva E16 ($999) as being superior to competing
>machines in that price class. (Frugality is both a principle and a
>necessity with a small journal such as ours.) Is that praise justified or
>is it just journalistic hype for a big advertiser?
The question of "journalistic hype" aside, you are faced with the choice
of buying the IBM and shoving a few more dollars into Bill Gates' hip
pocket (he obviously needs and deserves it), or spending the same money
on a Macintosh, and getting a better product.
To paraphrase a bit of pop culture, "obsolete is as obsolete does." I run
my business on four-year-old Macs, and have never once experienced this
sensation of obsolescence. But I have experienced the warm, fuzzy feeling
of knowing that I've exercised my freedom of choice, and done my part to
forestall the inevitable.
It is inevitable, isn't it?
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If the price seems too good to be true, it generally is.
-- Jim Lowe, Microsoft attorney