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My wife's 4 year old macbook pro runs wow just fine.
I bring this up for two reasons.. one to brag a bit, and the other out of concern for you stunting your own growth. Remember that this new system admin is now going to be in the same boat you're in, and from the sound of the way that company operates, it's going to be incredibly difficult to find the time to cross train them properly, it's going to take a long time to ramp them up. count on a month for them to find their bearings and get through the discovery phase, a couple of months to be semi useful, and 6 months to really be useful.
curious - why are you guys bringing on a system admin to pin the helpdesk work on? why not bring on a a fairly seasoned helpdesk tech? they'd be cheaper, hungrier and more accepting of the kind of work you're going to drop on them. they'd probably feel like they had more of a future there too with some room to grow in.
I'm not sure what you are referring to, but having an "Install" button is definition more user friendly since that maps exactly to what you can do with it, instead of having to figure out drag and drop first, which requires figuring out another layer of abstraction first. This has nothing to do with being used to Windows, though 95% of the population are, so there actually is a strong argument to be made that anything that intentionally breaks with that norm, which unfortunately Apple often does, is not as user friendly as it could be.
I'll still dispute mac vs windows stability in present day terms. Of course it's really fucking hard to do this apples/oranges type comparison well, but my subjective experience as of late is.... a vanilla desktop experience w/windows 8.1 or windows 7 vs my MBP.... windows has been more stable for me in the past year or so.
Maybe the last MBP generation or Yosemite in particular is an aberration? Don't know. Weird slowdowns, random lockups, random reboots, sound shit not working due to a wifi config setting in our office - there's just a range of wonkiness I've not seen in Windows for some time.
There are die hard apple fans here that feel the same way (this past year or so).
I ran the math on newegg box versus imac, and it was something like a ~15% premium for the latter. And that wasn't even factoring in the form factor (small/thin) and energy/noise levels (efficient, practically silent).
15% ?? What were you putting together?
I just looked at Apple's cheapest iMac:
500 GB Storage
1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
500GB hard drive1
Intel HD Graphics 5000
A) Couldn't even find a 1.4 Ghz dual-core i5 on newegg, and the quad core 3 Ghz was $199.
B) 1TB HDD's are $50 (500 GB as cheap as $42)
C) 8 GB RAM is like $35-40
D) Intel HD graphics? so... no graphics card. Have fun gaming. (Their $1500 model comes with an NVIDIA GT 750, a ~$100 card)
So, for their specs listed, I'm up to about $400 and thats to get a machine that is on par or better than their $1500 model.
Throw in a motherboard($50-100), case($40-100), basic perihperals($30 or less), power supply($60), fans & heatsink(~$80), and a 22" monitor($100) and I'm up to $780-800.
$800 compared to $1500. That's not 15%, closer to 50%.
And if you are like me, when you upgrade your computer you re-use a lot of stuff, so it's much much cheaper to upgrade.
Not to fuel a PC was Mac flamewar, but macbooks tend to be a pretty good deal unless you pile on upgrades or adapters. PC laptops with comparably sleek design tend to be about as expensive, and they still have trouble with the touchpads. The quality premium on the rest of the Apple line up is harder to motivate but will always be worth it to some.
If I were to single out one thing as the most overhyped part of the Apple ecosystem, it would actually be their software. It is actually worse in some regards (features / interoperability), and their ease of use is greatly exaggerated imo. Example: Installing programs by drag and dropping may be a cute design, but it's not at all obvious what to do when presented with an installer window just consisting of an unknown icon and an icon of a folder named applications. A big fat "Install" button would have been much easier.
god damn searyx that's the best thing i've seen
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I really enjoyed the audio book of Ready Player One. Wil does a good job narrating.
43andme. It's cool shit. Would do business again
by the way, oddly enough i've lately been really lamenting the fact that jon stewart is leaving his gig. he was really perfect for pointing out this type of bullshit in an easily digestible and entertaining manner (and comedy does seem to be an ideal way of communicating this). hope someone else can rise to the occasion in the future.