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29 June, 2010

bargain like Don

Over the weekend, I've been doing things like our good friend Don in beautiful Boston does frequently, getting more computers. And to akin to Don's secrecy style, I will withhold names like he always does.

The story was simple: After taking some photos around Sydney, Laurent and I visited a friend's place. She was kindly to pass me two Power Mac G4s. And here is the photo:

two Power Mac G4s

One of the Power Mac G4 is Dual 1.42GHz model (the last generation of Power Mac G4), and the other one is 466MHz model. One has power supply issue, otherwise, both machines work.

So I have two Power Mac G4s which cost me nothing. That is the very-Don style, getting computers for almost zero cost (only measured in term of money, not physical label and all other factors).

Well, there are a few un-Don parts which I'd like to mention:
(1) Those Power Mac G4s are obviously outdated, or using DJGM's favourite word: "obsoleted". Don is not into past generation technologies.
(2) Don dislikes pretty much anything from Apple (and Sony). I don't have such issue.

I normally would've just throw in person's first name, since I personally don't see mention a person's first name is a big issue.

Anyhow, this concludes: (to Don: Antony is poor.)

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Posted by Antony on 29 June 2010 10:48 PM | Mac hardware
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While I congratulate you for finally getting free computers like I do, I have to disagree with what you are calling "un-Don parts".
Please keep in mind that I barely ever find recent hardware, and when I do, it immediately goes up on Craigslist. Such was the case when I found a working Pavilion dv5000 laptop (newer than my laptop!) in the rubbish. I keep the old crap for myself, like the DEC Pentium laptop, that nobody would have ever bought.
Furthermore, I will have you remember that I also found a PowerMac (500MHz, if I remember), and bought a Sony PS2 and Sony headphones. I don't hate Apple or Sony, as you keep saying.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 30 June 2010 3:47 AM.
You wouldn't have bought any computer with CPUs earlier than Intel Core i3, i5 or i7. Not even Core 2 Duo. As a matter of fact, I am still considering getting one with Core 2 Duo. This clearly proves that you are into the latest technology.
Posted by Antony on 30 June 2010 4:56 PM.
You are, as usual, misinterpreting me. If you want something with longevity, you buy whatever's the most recent on the market. That's not a problem with you, since you upgrade on an almost constant basis anyway. It's a big consideration for the rest of us that need things to last.
Besides, it's pretty obvious to me that the only reason you were looking at a machine with a Core 2 Duo CPU was that it had an Apple logo on it.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 1 July 2010 2:24 AM.
I never paid that much attention to CPU like you. I was very interested in the overall little power consumption and tiny/compact space design.
Furthemorer, my machines were all designed for long lasting pretty much, I am still using the near 4 years old iMac as my main computer, which is clearly old by any standard.
Posted by Antony on 1 July 2010 9:59 AM.
Your 4-year-old iMac is definitely not old by my standard. My laptop is older than that, and I don't consider it old.
I've told you before that a system designed around an i-x CPU typically has lower power consumption and a smaller footprint than one designed around a Core 2 CPU, due to both the die shrink and the fact that the graphics core was moved on-package with the CPU. Well, maybe you aren't listening to me.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 1 July 2010 10:42 AM.
You are the one not listening. I told you that there aren't many overall computers with such tiny energy consumption and footprint overall, while you insisted on looking ONLY at the CPUs
Posted by Antony on 1 July 2010 11:08 AM.
No, I did not. You forgot that the Core i-x packages now contain more than the CPU, and that by comparing that one factor, I can tell things such as how much and what speed RAM the system can take, as well as the graphics capabilities of the machine.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 1 July 2010 11:54 AM.
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