Originally Posted by HBP
I tried it a year ago and there were some things I liked. After I spent hours just to get my wireless to work and for it to display a widescreen resolution, I ditched it. It's probably better now and I like how they have an upgrade cycle of six months.
Honestly though (not that I condone or promote it), it's not that hard to get any software free through a torrent. Being a student also helps as I bought at least three legit versions of XP and Office for about $15 each.
It's a bit better this term than last from what I can tell (and have heard).. I agree about the discounts, as a developer I'm married to MS.. but I do like to know what else is out there business wise.. fact is not much in the mac world and nothing that I can't get elsewhere.
My real gripe is with Jobs and his approach to the product as an cultural icon/image first over being a functional tool for the proletariat.
Plus I lived in the rise and the fall of Apple and I know more crap about them than I care to.