Well, I’m finally replacing my home computer. Not a toy, really, and the upgrade is long over-due. I’ve been using the same system for over six years now. It’s the 17″ “desk lamp” iMac G4.
Six years! That’s a testament to the value of owning a Mac. People complain about the price vs. PCs (which isn’t really that big of a difference to begin with, spec-for-spec), but the average life of a PC is only three years. I’d say I got my money’s worth.
Anyway, I ordered the new 20” iMac that Apple announced last week (with upgraded HD and memory – I know, upgrades are usually a premium with Apple, but with the educational discount, the upgrades really aren’t expensive). I’m also getting Logic Express 8 pre-installed, and threw in for the all-in-one printer deal. I’ve had my Epson printer since I got the original Graphite iMac*, so it’s pretty much out lived its expected usefulness (and barely works anymore). Plus, it’ll be nice clearing some desk space by replacing the printer and scanner with a single unit.
With the upgrades and options it’ll take a little extra time to ship, so I’ll be running in “extremely anxious” mode for probably about a week and a half!
*The Graphite iMac is currently in use on Carrie’s desk – so there’s another testament to the value of owning a Mac. (But, she’ll be happy to finally get rid of it and get the “desk lamp”.)