Bill Gates cares about style?

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by jelloshotsrule, May 7, 2003.

  1. macrumors G3


    Feb 7, 2002
    taken from private submissions:


  2. Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    I just don't get it - a MS/HP cube system. And I did a check for more images and there really aren't any.

    Its funny to see MS trying to play a little of the Apple game, yet what does that mean in the long run for Apple?

  3. macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    No need to worry... the computer shown is just a "concept car", not available for purchase. PCs will never look like that, because PC buyers aren't willing to pay enough for them. And why should they? It's running Winblows Longarm, the one that won't let you do anything anyway.
  4. Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    But you see, that's taking the wrong approach - there's no reason to not believe that the concept machine won't be a reality. The bigger issue here is Gate's acknowledging that the current pcs are badly designed and that there is a market for sleekness and coolness outside of Apple.

  5. macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2002
    the worrisome point in that article is that the proposed price point(yay alliteration!) of this compact concept computer(hmmm, i may have something wrong with me) was mentioned to be under 2,000, for which a mac user could just barely get a low end machine, to say nothing of a monitor, let alone a 23 inch one.
  6. Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    I can't see the $1700+ price being for the whole system, especially with a 23" LCD. That's less than the Apple 23" by itself right now!

  7. macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Gates cares because he knows aesthetics sells and what a better than to bite off a company with a well established record like Apple. But I doubt Apple will get affected. Most people are still able to differentiate between a Mac and PC. And even that relation in itself isnt a very good one since the creation of the PC wasn't really controlled under a company such as apple. Sure you could reference IBM but that's slightly different. But I digress. In any case this type of thing will only grab the "stupid" consumers while the more "educated" of us can still pinpoint the differences.
    I kept looking at the pictures and you still can see that the "harshness" if you will of a PC is still prevalent. Not to dis PC's though.
  8. macrumors 68030


    Nov 4, 2001
    Kent, UK
    There's another thread about this, here. Perhaps the two could be merged?

    Taking a leaf from the cube is nothing new. Shuttle have been doing it a few years already. Granted, they don't quite have the style and engineering quality apple did, but they serve for a pc. It's probably what I'll go with next time I'm purchasing.
  9. acj
    macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2003
    Apple should learn from shuttle and come back with a new cube

    I think the engineering quality is on par or better than Apple's Cube, considering the hot CPU's they have to work with (so they are louder with a fan). I find the Shuttle Cubes vastly superior in every other way to the Apple Cubes, software aside. Of course, they are much newer, but I still appreciate a full sized AGP card, two RAIDed hard drives, six USB 2.0 ports, 3 FireWire ports, inexpensive desktop components, and a fast, upgradable CPU. All this with an internal PSU, and basically the same size as the cube (if you include the wasted space underneath the cube)

    Oh, and it only costs a little more than a "big" computer, not a ridiculous amount more...

    Max one out with a 3.06 GHz P4
    gig of DDR 400MHz ram (could do 2 gigs of course)
    a couple 200 GB Hard drives
    ATI Radeon 9700 All in wonder (With TV Tuner and all that)
    4X superdrive

    For just $1800

    Or get a pretty basic one for $525
    Athlon XP 2400+ (2.0 GHz)
    512 DDR Ram
    80 GB Hard drive
    48X Combo Drive
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2002
    Excerpt from the article:

    "Co-developed by Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard, Athens sports a translucent case, integrated wireless phone complete with handset and headset, integrated video camera for video conferencing and a gorgeous 23-inch flat panel display with an integrated CD/DVD drive built into the monitor."

    So, how many times can you say INTEGRATED in one sentence?:rolleyes:

    Seriously, it looks fine, but it runs Windows. With Palladium.
    'nuff said.

    ps- I can actually see that price being ok. LCD prices will go down eventually.
  11. macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2001
    Hood River, OR
    Not just a concept... Not expensive either

    Hi all,

    Please don't flame the messenger, but to correct some posts suggesting that this would never be consumer available, it is.

    Walk into a Fry's, or their competitor, and you will find several "Flex-ITX" or "Mini-ITX" systems with quite good specs and quite low prices. They are very close to the same size as the G4 cube.

    One, barebones for $350 includes:
    AMD 2+ GHz Athlon XP
    2 GB PC2700 RAM max
    Dual Monitor nVidia GeForce4 MX 64MB graphics onboard
    8x AGP for if the GeForce4 isn't enough.
    Serial ATA
    USB 2.0
    Optical Digital 6.1 Audio out
    56K v.92 modem

    Add an Athlon XP 2500+ cpu ($130), superdrive ($200), hard drive ($120), 1 GB DDR RAM ($200), and Windows XP OEM ($140), and you have close to the best you can get in the Windows world for $1140.

    Or, use cheaper components and half the RAM to get a still high end system for about $700.

    Or, eliminate Windows and use Linux... then you are down to $550.

    Apple did it 2 years ago... Seems about right that the Wintel world would be getting to this point about now.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2003
    USA (often) and Adelaide, OZ
    The Shuttle

    I took a look to see how Cube-like it is and... it is exactly what you would expect. The words 'design' or 'aesthetics' never came up in the planning stages. If Apple ever does another Cube, it will be an award winner (as was the original) and Apple will again show how to make form and function INTEGRATE into something that is both a joy to see and to use. I still can't for the life of me, figure out why Sony seems so incapable of rising above the usual manufacturing dross as they used to be so concerned with the "look" of their products. Anyway, for now Apple seems to have such a lead on form, if not always, function.
    I think that a Cube, with the iPod's silver, white and clear plastic would be a knockout... and NO BLUE LIGHTS!!!
  13. macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2003
    I read the article and I too was surprised at the price. However did it not say in there that this computer would not be available until late next year? If so, then I don't think the price is so surprising, and it is possible that the imac could offer similiar features, a 970, and a similar price by then.
  14. macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2003

    That HP PC looks dumb IMO. Give it up, Bill...stick to owning half the world and making ****ty looking products.

    Now, Bill Gates is not one I'd want to design anything for beauty or coolness' sake...however, 99% of the computer market runs his OS. He must have done SOMETHING right. I am not ashamed to say that i am mainly a PC user. Why? Because the world caters to Windows based computers...nearly all the games, business apps, and other software is written for PC. They are easily upgradeable and all the major computer stores sell many accessories. The computer world does not work well with two different sets of software/hardware to fiddle with. IMO, combine all hardware and software to be interchangeable. Standards are the one of the greatest creations of mankind. Use them. I'm not saying kill Apple, not at all, Apple is a great company. But I fear the company may fail if it does not conform to PC in some manner, which is obviously a standard accepted throughout the world.

    Sorry if i'm off-topic, just wanted to speak my piece. ;)
  15. macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
  16. macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    Bill Gates may have been with something of style. Apple has Steve Jobs with a whole line of machines with style. Our Steve has style himself, he's handsome and trim! ;)
  17. macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    There's another article about it here:


    I was like "woah, Billy boy's demoing a mac!" Then I saw the ugly hardware... The sad thing is that they're not even trying to hide the fact that they're copying Apple...

    I smell a lawsuit. Even with the desktop picture...

    If I saw Bill Gates on the street, and I kicked his ass, and beat him with my 12" PowerBook, would you guys post my bail and buy me a new PowerBook?

    It'd be worth the assault charges... I think... I dunno...
  18. macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    No one will buy LongHorn, it has so mean 'features' they outdid them selves.

    Read on about how the OS is going to stop piracy, read how Article 6 in the M$ contract will make them (and everyone they allow) access to your hardrive! :eek:

    Now THATS secure baby!

    edit: did I forget about overclocking, *somehow* windows will know when you overclock and either revert it or fry your chip
  19. macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    Re: Re: Ghey

    Here, here. Damax really needs to check out the pet peeves
    thread. Then he might learn that many people are annoyed by
    the use of the word 'gay' for things that aren't homosexual, bright,
    or happy. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
  20. macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2002
    Sandy Eggo - MacRumors Member since 1-1-2002
    ...besides the word "Gay" being used as a lazy slang for those who have no command of the language and otherwise could not articulate their thoughts....

    But back to the topic at hand....

    I swear, no matter what that Mr. Gates tries to roll out, it misses the mark every time. That "thing" prototype-mess looks like a little evil robot out on the prowl with its arms raised up in a threatening manner, ready to assimilate all who come near it.

    Spare me.:eek:
  21. macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2003
    City of Portland, Oregon
    Don't Forget

    hey, there are ALOT of gay men who use macs, hey, they have style right?
  22. macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2002
    Jobs' Spare Liver Jar
    Re: Don't Forget

    Oh, come on. Don't be so gay!

    ;) :rolleyes:
  23. macrumors 68030


    Nov 4, 2001
    Kent, UK
    Re: Apple should learn from shuttle and come back with a new cube

    The reason I graded the engineering on the shuttle below that of the cube is because the cube had more style. Apple successfully (I think) integrated form and function, in a better way than the shuttle. The cube had no fan, and ran almost silently, whereas the shuttle is anything but. That for me makes the difference. Of course, the shuttle makes up for it with the features you mentioned, but that wasn't the aim and purpose of a cube.

    It's just a matter of opinion. I still really like the shuttle though, and will probably be buying one at some stage.

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