Currently I own a Quad G5, Airport Extreme base, iBook G4 800, and a 60Gb iPod video.
I used to own and operate my own computer consulting business, working on Windows based operating systems. I built and repaired computers from Dos up through Windows XP. After using the iBook for the first time, and realizing that it ran circles around a Windows based machine with TWICE the specs, I used a few more. After about a year of running the G4 laptop alongside 4 different Windows machines, 2 of them hand built, one Dell, and one HP, I decided to make the move to Apple.
Apple computers have proven to require LESS maintenance, less troubleshooting, less upkeep, etc. They run longer, last longer, and take care of themselves. And their re-sale value even 4 to 5 years after they come out is VERY high. 5 year old Apple systems will sell for more than 60 percent of their initial cost. You can't say that about a Windows machine.
I still work on Windows based machines, and make between $35 an hour and $50 an hour to repair them. I almost never get called to work on an Apple. The point being, for all of the people who just posted to complain about Apple price, you get what you pay for. Buy a $500 Dell, and then call me when you want it fixed. Repeatedly. After a while, you'll have invested enough that you could have BOUGHT an Apple that did NOT need the repair.
Either way, I'll happily take your money to fix it
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