Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2013 6:38 AM (in response to NathanLawliet)
4. What are next weekend's lottery numbers?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2013 6:39 AM (in response to LousyFool)
Seriously, google "mac maintenance" and read, read, read...
Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2013 7:09 AM (in response to NathanLawliet)
The way things are going, allow for a 2-4 year period before you need to replace your equipment totally. The old one probably wont be broken physically or otherwise but the continuous software upgrades will make it like an expensive paperweight in time. The way to calculate the costs of any new hardware (my opinion only of course) is take the upfront costs of the equipment and divide it by the number of effective years you get out of it. That is, if the new machine costs 1200 and expected life is 36 months, your cost is 33.33/month for the next 3 years. With that said, pay attention to LousyFool's advice above.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2013 7:46 AM (in response to JohnTh)
With that said, pay attention to LousyFool's advice above.
I'd like to add to what you said that I have here a few Macs, all portables with the exception of one Mini, and the oldest is a white MacBook from 2006, which is still frequently in use. The battery is anything but really useful, admittedly, but it runs okay under Lion, and a student would probably be still happy with it unless he needed to run heavy CAD, DTP, video or photo editing on it. Or games, hehe. Oh, and of course, he wouldn't be as cool as that guy with the brand-new 11" MBA under his arm...
Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2013 8:48 AM (in response to LousyFool)
That bit of advice was for him :) ... I still use my iBook G4 for almost everything except banking!