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Good Omens for PowerBook Fans

Postby Davoud » Fri, 18 Jul 2003 22:31:12 GMT

While Apple employees were predictably tight-lipped during my visit to
MWNY yesterday, I did talk to a prominent developer with whom I have a
passing acquaintance (sorry to sound like a rumors site). This
developer takes his NDA seriously, and will only talk in the most
general terms. "Apple is aware that increasing numbers of high-end
users are migrating to PowerBooks, and it plans to meet their needs."

This is borne out by what Apple's CFO, Fred Anderson, said in
yesterday's  Q3 conference call with financial analysts (as paraphrased
on MacCentral): "Doesn expect to see Power Mac G5 hit previous Power
Mac G4 volume levels, because pros -- like everyone else -- are
trending towards portables..." and "Portable units accounted for 46
percent -- a record high."

I think that I may (barely) qualify as a high-end user; I make a few
bucks (limited by my desire to work mostly for fun in retirement) with
Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, and Final Cut Pro/DVD Studio Pro. I
have a 23" Cinema Display connected to my TiBook. Please see
< http://www.**--****.com/ ; (personal, non-commercial,
strictly G-rated, no cookies, no ads). I'm delighted that Apple is
aware of my needs, and I look forward to awesome PowerBook performance
in the forseeable future.

That said, I admit that the Dual 2k G5 is extremely tempting. I tried
it out yesterday with Photoshop and Final Cut Pro, and its performance
is truly awesome. With 2GB of RAM, AirPort Extreme card & Base Station,
two 250 GB drives, premium video card, AppleCare, and the whole nine
yards, it costs a few dollars less than my 1991 IIci/32MB RAM.

Davoud

-- 
usenet *at* davidillig dawt com

Re: Good Omens for PowerBook Fans

Postby fmoore » Fri, 18 Jul 2003 23:30:40 GMT

Interesting speculation, Davoud; however, I don't see how a 'high-end'
user can get by with a laptop if his or her work is at all color-critical
A laptop LCD, as good as they are getting, just won't do. And why have an
Apple Cinema Display sitting around for the laptop to plug into? Why not
just get a desktop machine? Seems like a contradictory expense.

Please tell me what I'm missing here.

--Fred



: While Apple employees were predictably tight-lipped during my visit to
: MWNY yesterday, I did talk to a prominent developer with whom I have a
: passing acquaintance (sorry to sound like a rumors site). This
: developer takes his NDA seriously, and will only talk in the most
: general terms. "Apple is aware that increasing numbers of high-end
: users are migrating to PowerBooks, and it plans to meet their needs."

: This is borne out by what Apple's CFO, Fred Anderson, said in
: yesterday's  Q3 conference call with financial analysts (as paraphrased
: on MacCentral): "Doesn expect to see Power Mac G5 hit previous Power
: Mac G4 volume levels, because pros -- like everyone else -- are
: trending towards portables..." and "Portable units accounted for 46
: percent -- a record high."

: I think that I may (barely) qualify as a high-end user; I make a few
: bucks (limited by my desire to work mostly for fun in retirement) with
: Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, and Final Cut Pro/DVD Studio Pro. I
: have a 23" Cinema Display connected to my TiBook. Please see
: < http://www.**--****.com/ ; (personal, non-commercial,
: strictly G-rated, no cookies, no ads). I'm delighted that Apple is
: aware of my needs, and I look forward to awesome PowerBook performance
: in the forseeable future.

: That said, I admit that the Dual 2k G5 is extremely tempting. I tried
: it out yesterday with Photoshop and Final Cut Pro, and its performance
: is truly awesome. With 2GB of RAM, AirPort Extreme card & Base Station,
: two 250 GB drives, premium video card, AppleCare, and the whole nine
: yards, it costs a few dollars less than my 1991 IIci/32MB RAM.

: Davoud

: -- 
: usenet *at* davidillig dawt com

Re: Good Omens for PowerBook Fans

Postby BreadWithSpam » Fri, 18 Jul 2003 23:33:58 GMT

Philo D < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > writes:



That'd be the dual 2 Ghz model.  Since we talk about Megahertz
so frequently, that 2k would be 2k Mhz.

Feeling a little slow on my 500 Mhz iBook, nowadays, though
the bigger problem is that the screen seems kind of dim.

Waiting for the release of the next-gen 15", I think.

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Re: Good Omens for PowerBook Fans

Postby Davoud » Fri, 18 Jul 2003 23:52:33 GMT

Fred Moore:

The only thing that your are missing is "To each his own." As for
color-critical work, my clients appreciate accurate color, and none has
complained about the results that I get with my Cinema Display. Why not
get a desktop machine? Because when I put one in my Targa case I can't
get the zipper closed.

Davoud


-- 
usenet *at* davidillig *dawt* com

Re: Good Omens for PowerBook Fans

Postby Sandman » Sat, 19 Jul 2003 00:11:56 GMT




Hey, what's that you've got your powerbook in?

-- 
Sandman[.net]

Re: Good Omens for PowerBook Fans

Postby Sandman » Sat, 19 Jul 2003 00:12:42 GMT

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,






(sorry about that, I didn't see the text first)

-- 
Sandman[.net]

Re: Good Omens for PowerBook Fans

Postby Thom White » Sat, 19 Jul 2003 00:35:57 GMT





 From the software you used, I assume you are working for screen (rather 
than print). An LCD screen doesn't even come close to being suitable for 
colour reporduction for print.

Thom


Re: Good Omens for PowerBook Fans

Postby Davoud » Sat, 19 Jul 2003 01:52:32 GMT

Thom White:

*****

Oh, really? I did mention "InDesign," didn't I? For print I do
catalogues, brochures, greeting cards, and art prints, inter alia, and
my clients don't even come close to being dissatisfied with my work. I
could have a lot more clients than I have, but I retired from work 10
years ago at age 49 to devote my life to having a good time, and I have
no desire to work for pay again.

Davoud

-- 
usenet *at* davidillig dawt com

Re: Good Omens for PowerBook Fans

Postby Kilgallen » Sat, 19 Jul 2003 03:18:55 GMT

In article <170720031143205665% XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, Davoud < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > writes:

You should think of it as a service rendered on the off chance you
were wondering whether your post had been to Usenet or someplace mre
friendly.

Re: Good Omens for PowerBook Fans

Postby Seeker1 » Sat, 19 Jul 2003 05:35:42 GMT

> While Apple employees were predictably tight-lipped during my visit to

The rumors are all over the board here. Some are saying the 15" will go 
AlBook, others are saying it will STAY Ti. Really only a small minority 
are saying it will go G5, most acknowledge it will stay G4 till 2003. 
Some are saying the holdup is to due to waiting for an across the board 
update (12", 15", and 17" - if you think about it, the advantage might 
be to allow 'headroom' between the 15 and the 17). They may or may not 
be waiting on a new processor - either the Moto 7457, or the IBM "Gobi" 
G3-with-Altivec-which-is-basically-a-better-G4... 

My feeling is, an update will get done before September. Off-to-school 
sales are important to Apple. Although most kids buy iBooks, kids off to 
design programs buy PowerBooks. The pessimists say MWSF 2004, but I 
think something will happen before that.

Re: Good Omens for PowerBook Fans

Postby chrisr » Sat, 19 Jul 2003 11:57:10 GMT

In article <170720030931128933% XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, Davoud < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > 




The bookcase and museum pieces are to die for.  Awesome work.

Chris

Re: Good Omens for PowerBook Fans

Postby Davoud » Sat, 19 Jul 2003 12:08:15 GMT

Davoud:

chrisr:

*****

Thank you. It is very kind of you to say that.

Davoud

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usenet *at* davidillig dawt com

Re: Good Omens for PowerBook Fans

Postby Joon » Sat, 19 Jul 2003 12:49:32 GMT

In article <170720030931128933% XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, Davoud < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >




how much would I have to pay you to send me some black raspberries?

fab photos!

-- 
you know, if Jesus comes back to Earth, I bet the last 
thing he'll want to see again is another cross.

Re: Good Omens for PowerBook Fans

Postby Scott Ellsworth » Thu, 24 Jul 2003 03:41:33 GMT

In article <170720031052334209% XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, Davoud < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > 




In my case, much of my work is carried to clients.  For this reason, a 
TiBook is very, very productive.  I can carry a complete work 
environment, including databases, web servers, applications servers, 
software development tools, Perl, bio databases, and the like, with 
nothing but the TiBook.  Were much of my work color critical, I suspect 
it would still be a net timesaver to have the projects in my briefcase, 
in an editable form on site.

When not on site, though, it is very convenient to have a large screen.  
I have a four year old Sony Multiscan that works great with my Ti/667.  
When home - full ergo keyboard and monitor.  When on the road, I have 
the exact same environment, just running on a smaller screen.

Were Apple to create decent synchronization software that would let my 
TiBook be an exact duplicate of a desktop G5, I might just buy a desktop 
again, and use the laptop when I am roaming.  (I realize that I could 
use target disk mode, and CCC, but that takes a fair amount of time to 
run with 40G of files.  Further, I have to reboot the TiBook after each 
use, and that is rather tedious.)

Scott

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