It looks like it's come time to replace the TOP worldwide digital hub again, a.k.a. the computer in my office. It'll be the fun purchase I get to make as a result of my cut from the recent print sale.
But I have shocking news...I'm afraid I really must...criticize Apple.
Before this causes a furor and a hubbub, not to mention a hullaballoo or other types of tumult, I should hastily say that I understand that Steve (kowtow) likes computers with built-in monitors and that therefore they are Good Things. But this will be something like my tenth Macintosh since 1984 (is there a name for people who've been using Macs since the very beginning? No sarcastic answers, now), and I have to say it: buying a 1984 Mac with a permanent 9-inch black-and-white CRT screen is one thing; buying a 2010 iMac with a 27" LED screen is quite another. The monitor component has been becoming—literally—a bigger and bigger part of the one-piece Mac cost equation.
So why do I have to toss my monitor every time I want to upgrade my computer? Because Apple doesn't make the box I need. I can buy a Mac Pro, which is too big, and I can buy a Mac Mini, which is too small. Otherwise, I have to buy another big monitor to replace the already perfectly good big monitor I already have, which replaced the last perfectly good monitor I had, which replaced the one before that, etc.
There is no "just right sized" standalone Mac box.
The Mac Pro is too expensive and too much computer for me, too, but I really mean it's too big. I've thought about it, and I just don't see where it would fit in my office within reach of everything it would need to be connected to.
My office is very crowded.
Sorry to criticize Apple. I'm aware that such behavior is not permitted (unless you're a PC user, in which case it's mandatory).
But I think it's time for Apple to rethink. Give us the i7 iMac computer without making us buy the monitor at the same time. I probably only need one new monitor for every three new computers I'll buy—but I need to be able to buy the computers I need for the monitor I'll be keeping. If ya follow.
So what about it? Come on, Apple. I promise not to criticize for another 26 years.
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