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Merry OS X-mas

Apple products and apps make holidays worthwhile By Stephen Schleicher
Santa ListI really want a Mac.

Many of you are probably surprised at that statement. Im sure Digital Media Net Executive Producer David Nagel is still in shock over that proclamation. After all, if you have been following all of my columns over the years you know I havent been the most outspoken proponent of the Mac, especially when I have three PCs (or peecee for you Macheads) sitting in my home office and a Windows laptop that goes with me in all my worldly travels. I think the one thing that finally convinced me that a Mac should be in my arsenal of computing power is that all of the companies are now releasing OS X native versions of their software. As the year draws to a close, it is time to reflect and think about ways we can all improve ourselves in the coming year.

And a Mac will do that for me.

It is a time for change, and what better way to go about it than to go all out. Besides, if that cute secretary at Angel Investigations uses a Mac, then it cant be that bad.*

It is the holiday season, a time of joy, a time of happiness, a time for change, and yes, a time for giving. So for all of you who want to make my holiday season bright, I present you with my OS X-mas wish list. A list of items no new Mac guy (or potential Mac guy) can be without.

Under my OS X-mas Tree
Apple G4

Lets face it; if you are going to create an OS X-mas wish list, you better start off on the right foot. A dual 800MHz G4 with a SuperDrive should be a good start. Throw in a NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics card, and youve got a smoking system. Add a couple of SCSI drives to rack up 232GB of internal storage (more can be added externally), and you then have a system that will have more than enough power and storage for any creative endeavor you set your mind too.

While were at it, why not toss in a 22-inch Apple Cinema display so I have a beautiful image to look at while I work.

Even though the euphoria of having one of these graphite beauties in your possession might be enough bliss to satisfy your holiday cravings, there are some cautions. Ive seen some posts in various mailing lists and forums recently about some problems a few users have been having getting the G4 to work correctly with RAM above 1.5 Gig.

If the rumors are true--and in the age of everyone leaking everything--well be looking at a 64 bit G5 come the next MacWorld. For those of you who dont mind forking over a bit more money later on to upgrade, you can get me the G4 now, so I can run all of the other goodies Ol Saint Jobs and company will be putting under my OS X-mas tree.

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