Saturday, September 30, 2006

Comparing the cost of Macs and PCs

A recent price comparison of high-end computers found the new Mac Pro cheaper than a comparable Dell. See
http://www.macworld.com/2006/08/features/macproprice/index.php

That article also contains links to price comparisons on Mac laptops versus Dell's. When the machines are comparably configured , the Macs are priced about the same (although it wasn't possible to configure the two machines to be totally identical).
http://www.macworld.com/news/2006/02/14/pricecomparison2/index.php

Admittedly, if you don't need all the features provided, you can leave out some features and get a cheaper configuration of a Dell.

However that is not the whole story. What is the "total cost of ownership" (TCO) of a Mac versus a PC as you go forward down the road. Here is a quote from an article on the subject by a security expert who uses both Macs and PCs:

"The results of this TCO astounded me. For my small enterprise, owning a WinTel box for three years costs twice as much as owning a MacTel. When I talked with several of our clients, I found that the burdened cost of ownership per PC - just for support - ranged from $1,300 to $4,000 per year."

You can read the rest of the article at this link and also download his spreadsheet and a pdf with suggestions and instructions on using the spreadsheet to calculate your own total cost of ownership.
http://www.networkworld.com/best/2006/022706bestbreaker-schwartau.html?page=1

Turns out that Macs are much cheaper to own when all costs are considered.

Doug

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Stationary with Apple's Mail.app

One of the features that Eudora has which I enjoy is stationary. Recently I figured out a way to implement stationary with Apple's Mail.app.

1) Create an email and choose "Save as draft" from the File menu.
2) Close the email and go to your "Drafts" folder. (If you don't see your "Drafts" folder, go to the View menu and choose "Show Mailboxes".)
3) Click on your recently saved Draft and choose "Copy" from the Edit menu.
4) Choose "Paste" from the Edit menu to make a copy of your Draft.
5) Now when you want to use your "stationary", just double-click on the copy of the draft.
6) Make another copy the next time you need it.