Ok, as some of you know I have been working on an IBM ThinkPad at work running Winblows XP. Well, this new rumor of no new PowerMacs at MWNY has really pissed me off. I have to go on a rant, so listen to everything before you hit that quote button. Problem. Windows XP is not nearly as bad as we make it out to be. It is intrusive as hell, and the file system sucks, but if you know Windows, then it is all second nature anyway right. Well, XP is stable, and with an Aqua theme is not that bad to look at on a daily basis. Now I MUCH, MUCH prefer the beauty, function, and stability of X. It is far more secure, and much less intrusive. Now here is the real BIT*H! I am sick, and tired of the second rate hardware. Is there really that much of a difference in price between a 100 MHZ motherboard for an iMac and one that supports DDR with a 200MHZ, or 266MHZ Bus? Is there really that much of a price difference in ATA66 and ATA 100 or 133 for that matter? Is there really that much of a price in DDR memory and SDRAM that Apple cannot give us a pro system with the most modern memory out there! We pay TOP DOLLAR for our Macs, and damit, I am tired of getting yesterdays hardware. Sure the G4 is a much better proc than the PIV, but is it really that much better than an Athlon? Is X86 running Linux that bad? I have never really run it so I don't know. I do know that the Celeron 500 ThinkPad that I have at work is faster on the net, faster in opening apps than my iBook 600. Now I prefer the iBook because of the OS, Firewire, the size and design of the system itself. But damn, there are some nice designs coming out of the PC camp. Apple better get off its A$$ and give us what we need and want. I am just on a rant, and tomorrow will probably get a blue screen at work, and have to reinstall Winblows, but damit, this is getting to be rediculous. Sure, the PowerMac Dual 1GHZ is 300% faster in Photoshop than a PIV, and sure a PIV from Dell is comperable in price to the G4, but not an Athlon that I build. I can build a dual Athlon with ATA133, up to 4GB of DDR 333, Firewire, and USB2, 4 to 6 HD, and do it for 1500 less than the Dual G4, and according to Barefeats and others, the Dual Athlon will outperform a G4. GET IT TOGETHER APPLE! The OS is wonderful, and I can't wait for Jaguar, and I am loyal, but I am getting tired of the second class hardware.