Sunday, March 23, 2008

Apple, Mac, where have you been all my life? I'm so glad I found you...

So after 24 hours non-stop on a Mac, I can honestly say I will not be heading back to the PC. Not because I don't like the PC, but because I can run everything that I can run on the PC inside a Mac. The newer Macs have really set the bar and stage, particularly the operating system itself and what it is capable of. My predicition is that Apple will be the big company the next 10 years, it is truly Apple's time to shine. If you haven't seen the movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, I would strongly encourage you to watch it since it talks about the history between Microsoft and Apple, and how Apple was basically killed by MS but managed to survive, and now is thriving!

An interesting article to read is in Wired magazine "How Apple Got Everything Right by Doing Everything Wrong." . It truly explains how Apple as transformed it self since 1997 when Steve Jobs returned.

Apple will be the force to reckeoned with since they have a strong Alliance with Google, and everything they are doing righ now is perfect. One of the biggest points I haven't talked about is the foundation of the Mac, which is OS X.

OS X runs Windows Applications with Virtualizaton better than Windows can with Windows. That's CRAZY! The useability and productivity I have now with my PC apps because I am running a Mac are much better and higher all because of the great OS design.

I was going to wait a month to buy my workstation, however after playing with the Mac Mini yesterday, there was no point in waiting since I need to make the move NOW!! The products Apple have made for 2008 are so amazing, I have spent the entire week learning about their product stack, and I am looking at their certification and becoming an Apple partner since I really believe in their products! I truly believe Apple is ready for the Corporate and Enterprise market which is the space I work in so this is where I will be pushing a lot of their products. Also the timing is perfect since Apple just released new that they will allow OS X Server to be virtualized, which is a huge part and decision for me to even consider running Apple servers because we virtualize EVERYTHING. Some more info on the VTMN blog.

You can think of my purchases as "Demos" to really learn about the product and an investment which I think will pay off since the platform and hardware is solid. Also my prediction is that these machines should last me at least 2 years (which is very long for me considering I get a new computer at least every 6 months), maybe 3 but I highly doubt that just because I am sure the processor and disk speeds will be much higher even a year to 2 years from now.

So here is my shopping list this week for everything I bought from Apple. I would have shorted Apple stock before last week but now I would buy it since I am sure they went up a few points after my purchases this week. I have always wanted to shop at I finally got the excuse to after getting the Mac Pro since I needed 16GB of memory. All prices are in USD.

Apple Store Online (Custom Configured) Price Subtotal
1 Macbook Pro 17" with 1920x1200 Hi Res Screen Matte Finish - 250 GB Hard Drive $2,899.00 $2,899.00
1 iPhone 8GB (through Friend from Apple) $299.00 $299.00
2 "Apple 30"" 2560x1600 Widescreen Cinema
Display (Refurbished Apple Store)" $1,499.00 $2,998.00
1 "Mac Pro Dual-Quad Core (8 Cpus) with
Hardware Raid Controller, 320GB Drive, Nvidia
512MB Video Card" $3,899.00 $3,899.00

Apple Store (Burlingame)
1 Wireless Keyboard $79.99 $79.99

Apple Store (Stanford)
1 Apple TV 160GB $349.00 $349.00

New Egg
4 iRam - 2Gig FB-Dimms DDR2 - 800 for Mac Pro $209.00 $836.00
2 Transcend - JetRam DDR2 667 2GB for Mac Pro $33.50 $67.00
Sub Total $11,426.99
California 7.25% State sales Tax $828.46
$12,255.45 My First Week with Apple

Things I am still missing
2 1 Terabyte Sata Hard Drive $250.00 $500.00
1 320GB Sata Hard Drive $79.99 $79.99
1 Apple Xserve $4,000.00 $4,000.00
1 Apple Time Capsule 1 TB with 802.11n $499.00 $499.00 (This is really cool it automatically backs up your computer?)

Damn their shit expensive, but damn their shit is the best, you really get what you pay for!

I am sure I will be writing about Macs for the next little while (maybe the rest of my life...) - I now understand the Mac craze, I am even looking at all the cool music apps now just for fun!

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