Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Old Vs. New

I started this blog to gather people from all walks of life in an effort to prolong the working life of our beloved G-Series Macs. I haunt more than a few Mac forums, looking for insights into the best possible way to solve this conundrum. One of the most broached topics is the Old Mac Vs. New Mac debate. On the one side, you have a bunch of well to do people and folks who were given shiny new Intel Macs. However they got them is a moot point. They have them, we don't. That group of haves tend to be rather unsympathetic to the plight of the rest of us....the have not's. Let's make something perfectly clear, I don't want a Mac Mini.

I'm not saying Minis are bad machines, far from it. They just lack a key element I consider a must have in any computer I own....expandability. Oh, sure you can have Apple load one from the factory with a 2.26GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB HD, but that will set you back $1,049.00....and that doesn't include mouse, keyboard, or really over-priced Apple monitor. Ouch. I don't know about anyone else, but that's a bit of a stretch on the old budget at my house. That's why I came up with the idea to retrofit old Macs with mother boards that had Intel processors. For the price of, say, a base Mini ($599) Apple could sell a 2GHz Dual Core set-up with four memory slots and an equal number of PCI slots to fit the many G-series units currently gracing the desktops of homes throughout the world and turn a hefty profit at it. People say Apple isn't a hardware company. Well, somebody sure makes mother boards for them.

If old Macs were given this new lease on life, the so-called Hackintosh market would soon be non-existent. Barring the release of an $800.00 expandable tower, (I can hear the powers that be at Apple rolling around hysterically on the floor, laughing their guts out) I really don't see another option.

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