School started and busy writing, new iMac thoughts

Well my two oldest daughters started public school for the first time in their lives and are in 3rd and 5th grade. My wife has homeschooled them until now, but they have been begging to try public school so off they went. They loved their first day and we are very happy with the teachers and principal. Luckily, the school is very small (about 350 kids) and the girls only have about 22 students in each class.

I haven’t done much with my devices, but have been writing up some reviews and have finished judging software for the Pocket PC awards. The Dell Bluetooth keyboard is awesome and I am writing most of my text on it.

The new iMac looks very tempting because I would love to get down to a single power cable out the back. I could hook up my WiFi router with print server in one location and use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to run the iMac. Very tempting and my wife and I are talking about it. I have owned some type of Apple computer since 1989 and still have two older models in the house now that my daughters use and this new iMac may take us back to all Macs, except for a PC desktop out in the garage that I would use as my mobile device platform. There are some apps for burning DVDs, creating Photos Stories, and more that I need to use with a Windows PC.

  1. #1 by Robert on September 3, 2004 - 04:12

    Are you considering the one that looks just a little thicker than a flat screen? It show on the web site as a “portable”, and I was interested in that one too.

    Then again, the notebooks are sweet for not much more.
    What would you say you gain with the desktop style imac vs the powerbook or ibook? This is a case where the desktop and laptop seem to be converging.

  2. #2 by palmsolo on September 3, 2004 - 06:06

    Robert, after reading your comment I went and looked at the Apple site to compare the iMac and iBook and there isn’t really too much difference except the G5 processor and hard drive size. I think an iBook or Powerbook may actually be an even better solution since we could then use it in any room of the house instead of being locked away in the one corner desk of our house and I am sure my wife would appreciate that. OK then, time to start hunting for a good Mac laptop solution:)

  3. #3 by Robert on September 6, 2004 - 11:16

    Another stupid question: If I plug a Mac or an Ibook or Powerbook in at my office network port at my desk, will it work without any reconfiguration? I Currently use a PC there with Linksys 10/100 Ethernet card.

  4. #4 by palmsolo on September 7, 2004 - 07:25

    Robert, I believe it should work without any special configuration. However, here at work we have Novell servers and I think I would have to install the Novell client to sign into the server, but may still be able to get to the internet without any configuration.

  5. #5 by Anonymous on September 13, 2004 - 12:13

    Oh man .. you can’t compare a ibook G4 and a iMac G5 ..


    CineBench CPU Test
    iBook (fastest) 32 Points
    G5 (slowest) 393 Points

    the g4 is dead. g5 is here (since summer 2003)

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