iBook THIS THREAD .. [new low cost Apple iMac box]

Martin Hepworth martinh at solid-state-logic.com
Wed Jan 5 11:46:33 GMT 2005

I think they get confused by the dollar rate. The rumour is a $499 pizza 
box iMac (ie no monitor). Over here that will still relate to £499 ;-(

Martin Hepworth
Snr Systems Administrator
Solid State Logic
Tel: +44 (0)1865 842300

Serge -Intraforum- wrote:
> £260 iMac at Expo, reports claim
> Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple is set to unveil a
> low-price iMac ­ with some industry watchers speculating such a model will
> emerge at next weeks' Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
> http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/index.cfm?email&NewsID=10519
> Guess this might be of interest (I believe "Apple hardware + Mac OS X" is
> much better for the task than anything else, from simplicity + stability +
> rich functionality perspectives anyway).
> Cheers,
> Serge
> On 05/01/2005 3:12 am, "Frank Shute" <frank at esperance-linux.co.uk> wrote:
>>On Tue, Jan 04, 2005 at 02:53:11PM -0000, Jon Mercer wrote:
>>>We're really just agreeing on most of this stuff. I'm just saying I want
>>>an all singing all dancing no admin workstation for my parents to use
>>>without hassling me. You're more realistically saying that's not what it
>>That's what I want too...desperately. What's more to the point is that
>>there are 1000's upon 1000's of people who want a no admin workstation
>>but there seems to be no such thing on the market.
>>ATM, I've got pesky neighbours/family/friends galore asking for
>>assistance and I'm sure I'm not alone on this list. I've tried the
>>"I'm a *nix man and I don't really know my way around Windows".
>>Well that's perfectly true but I still feel like I'm leaving them in
>>the lurch and more importantly *they* feel like I'm leaving them in
>>the lurch!
>>The thing is I really don't mind helping them out. If you can't take
>>time to help your friends out then your life isn't worth living IMO.
>>Also help people out and one day they'll help you out, right?
>>I want to be able to offer them a computing platform that means:
>>1. Minimum amount of my time helping out
>>2. Minimum outlay to them. ie. use existing hardware
>>3. Minimum outlay to me :)
>>I think Apple hardware/software, irrespective of it's merits (and I'm
>>sure there are some;), rules itself out on the basis of 2 and Windows
>>with 1 (and 3).
>>Dual boot FreeBSD boxes remotely managed via ssh, using portupgrade, a
>>pile of scripts and cron jobs running a basic suite of software. Not
>>an original plan by any means but I think it's the only realistic way
>>for me to help out my friends short of getting to know Microsoft's
>>knowledge base inside out (I'd rather nail my tongue to the ceiling).
>>Anyway, I think I'll give it a go. I've got any number of willing
>>victi^H^H^Hguinea pigs and they're getting a bit desperate.
>>I want to work out the time and costs and see if it's the possible
>>basis of a business. It would be interesting to see how little time
>>could be spent on admin, after all FreeBSD has got a pretty good
>>toolset for automating lots of things. I suppose economies of scale
>>would come into it.
>>The unknown factor is how many people would take to a Unix machine,
>>would they care at all? I haven't the foggiest idea really, any
>>observations greatly appreciated.
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