Goodbye Windows, Hello G5

The PC has left the building. And you know what? My apartment is a lot quieter now. No, I am not kidding. Until Virtual PC 7 comes out and supports the G5 (come one Microsoft it has been AN ENTIRE YEAR already) I will now have to check web sites with the PC at work or in the School of Art lab (or s l o w VPC 6 on my PB). Now it looks like we will have to wait till the second half of 2004 now. I can't wait to see how VPC 7 runs on the G5, I know how VPC 6.1 runs on my PowerBook, and it's not pretty. On July 5th I ordered a Dual 2.5 Ghz G5 with 1 GB of RAM, only one 250 GB HD, and the ATI 9600 XT. This kept the cost under $3000, and that makes me happy. I also ordered a 23" HD Cinema Display. I also had to get that new snazzy AirPort Express with AirTunes. I knew I didn't need 3 computers, and I was not about to sell my PowerBook. Funny thing is I did not first think of selling my PC. But that thought did come to fruition. Timing is everything and Bonnie needed to buy a PC for her studio. I have impeccable timing. Not planned at all. Who knew? When Steve Jobs boasted the Dual 3.0 Ghz in a year I decided I could wait a year. Oh well its only a 2.5 Ghz system but I think that is pretty good considering that even Intel has hit a brick wall in upgrading the speed of the P4 chip. My new toys should ship on or before July 30. So Christmas for me comes early this year. My freelance business has been going great, and I need a machine more powerful then my PowerBook. I think the G5 will fit the bill. What I will not miss from my PC is viruses and spyware. That and all the other Windows annoyances. But the viruses (and or threat of viruses) and spyware were a major reason for evicting my PC. I have been a Mac user since I was a little kid. Once a Mac user, always a Mac user. Owning a PC for a year has taught me a lot about Windows. You can draw your own conclusions on that one.

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