I need to keep abreast of products and issues in the computer field more consistently, to keep it from being such a crash course when it does come up. After an intense day of shopping research yesterday (including poring over the 150-some comments to yesterday's post), I came to the decision (reading Lloyd Chambers last night, at the end of a long day) that the only practical decision is to back off and digest some of this information—and delay the buying decision. Sometimes the only logical decision in the face of shopping paralysis is to defer.
As Dennis Ng amusingly noted in a late comment, "My day job is [as] an IT manager and this purchase decision is...too technical for me."
I suspect that the message of "Goldilocks Box" is the correct one, however—my beloved Apple, which made me into a writer and to which I have been loyal since 1984, doesn't currently offer the right product for me. I could go along with the program as far as the computers are concerned, if only I wouldn't be stuck thereby with the glossy, reflective iMac screens, which do not suit my particular work environment. I need both a computer powerful enough to run Aperture 3 effortlessly with large files, and also a non-reflective monitor screen. Apple has cut off my options from two angles, not just one, and that leaves me in an awkward position relative to such a major purchase.
I will of course let people know what I do, in the future, when I do it.
Thanks again for all your help. I'm grateful to have this resource.
ADDENDUM: Here's an approximate executive summary of all the advice I've received thus far:
- The glare from my iMac screen isn't a problem.
- I know what you mean about the screen glare; it's a problem.
- You should do X even though you said you can't.
- Buy the Mac Mini, it's all you need.
- Don't buy the Mac Mini, it's limited and you can't upgrade it.
- Stop being a baby and spring for a Mac Pro.
- Just don't buy a Mac Pro, they're not even well built.
- This is what I did, you should do the same.
- This is what I did, but it probably won't be right for you.
- You should switch to PC and get what you really need.
- One thing's for sure, you won't be happy if you switch to PC.
- You could build a hackintosh if only you were a different person.
- You're so right, Apple sucks.
- You're so right, Apple is the best.
- SSD is wonderful! I love it.
- SSD is overkill/unnecessary/immature technology/too expensive.
- The monitor you chose looks great.
- The monitor you chose is a mistake; X is better.
- You've gotten too much advice already.
- Here's a link to more advice.
- Do something, it doesn't really matter what.
- Think about it for a while before you do anything.
...Or maybe it just seems that way to me!
UPDATE: And this last bullet point came in late, although it will seem very familiar to shoppers for digital cameras:
- Don't buy now, there's something much better coming out in just a few months!
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Featured Comment by Pete McConvill: "Mike—can't help with the computer decision (except I think you are over-thinking it) but how about this. You turned to a user community thinking that we all do the same thing, surely you are going to get reasonably coherent advice that will give you a good direction to proceed instead you got a cacophony of conflicting ideas, suggestions, opinions, history and future.
"Now, imagine you are a camera company asking us what we want in a camera."