Technology moves on so quickly but it also means that it is worth waiting for the next version of your favorite toy.. I am waiting for the D400 but I want to know what other tech toy are you waiting for ? I am waiting for the Treo Pre or the Nokia N97 as my old phone really needs an update(Treo600) .... Keeps rebooting every week or so...
What else are you waiting for...(28 posts) (15 voices)
Good topic. I too will get a D400, perhaps a year after it comes out.
I just got all the stuff to build my new computer. Hopefully that will happen this weekend time permitting. Otherwise, I'd like to see what the next generation of MacBooks have to offer as they always seem to get updated.
Speaking of Mac, Windows 7 has made its public debut.
And yes, I too am waiting for the D400 :D
Just installed Windows 7 RC and is VERY stable - vista drivers are ok to use. Biggest visible change is the new taskbar - about time!
I am holding out for the D400 too!
LOL : Looks like we have a D400 club starting up here .. LOL
Wow I didn't know about that Windows 7 .. will have to check that out.
I've made my transition to mac 3 years ago, and it was the best decision I've made during my entire IT life, it paid off so many times. Therefore, I doubt Windows 7 will ever be able to beat Mac OS, both in speed and stability, but that's just my personal opinion. So I'm waiting for Snow Leopard (the new Mac OS :))
Yeah, mac's are very nice except (imo):
- Proprietary Software and Hardware
- Hardware is more expensive
- Service Updates are not free
- Less applications available
- Less developer tools
- Target market is graphic applications
- Egotistical marketing
Nikon Stuff - D800/700X, may choose D400 over that though... or....both?
- New iPhone — love my current iPhone and can't wait to see what Apple does next
- Apple tablet "media pad" — rumormill say it's coming.
- Next version of Pixelmator — can't wait to see what they do next and get some features I still need Photoshop for
- Snow Leopard
- Next Pixar movie — always waiting for this
The so-called 'apple tax' is grossly exaggerated. The problem is Apple doesn't make cheap computers. The computers they do make, however, have a similar price to PC hardware when configured similarly.
Service updates ARE free on OS X, no matter what you've been told. The paid updates from 10.4 Tiger to 10.5 Leopard are NOT service updates. They add many new features and are more akin to going from windows 2000 to XP. Going from 10.5.0 to 10.5.1 is a service update, and those are free add bug fixes and minor features like windows service pack updates.
The developer tools thing depends on what you're programming. There are some excellent editors on OS X, and XCode is an excellent dev. platform for making OS X programs and iPhone programs. For web programming I've seen nothing on PCs that can compete with Coda and Espresso. I was, btw, a computer science major, and am currently writing and maintaining an enterprise content management system on my macs when I'm not taking photos.
@tai- I don't dislike mac's, except in the business world - only a small percentage are mac owners and are usually graphic artists who do pretty nice web pages. Windows will be king of the desktop for a long time to come. Microsoft has the most versatile business applications, and the REAL developer tools to create Client/Server multi-tier applications that compile to multiple platforms/devices. I have no doubt Apple has a strong developer community - but nothing like the size of Microsofts. I have worked for multi-national corporations and large governments and basically there are no macs - only IBM/HP/Dell, Sun & Unix/Linux in the back office, and Windows on ALL the desktops I came in contact with. Macs are very popular in education and hope that one day compete more in the business world because I really like the mac platform.
@matstar - sorry if I seemed a bit snarky, I didn't mean to. I do respect the position of PCs, and the fact that they are extremely entrenched in business. However, things like the misconception that you have to pay for service updates is a prevalent one and can hit a nerve to long time mac users who have heard them over and over again through the years. And while Microsoft does an excellent job catering to businesses' desires, Apple's development tools are scalable to create a business application for basically any need if you were to have a mac environment rather than a windows one.
matstart - as You wrote "...Sun & Unix/Linux in the back office...", I will say that Linux/Unix is most popular on the server back-end, PC's with Windows for regular workstations (very cheap and in business this matters a lot), Mac's on the other hand are used mostly by professionals (in Europe at least) who know that hardware is just a tool and they need a reliable tool for their work no matter how much You have to pay for it.
Sure I have to agree that the price tag on apple computers is really high. Most of Windows users say that You can buy similar configuration PC's for a fraction of money You spend on mac, but is it really true? If You want to compare prices do it on appropriate level - do not compare cheap Acer/Toshiba but take top models from Sony/Dell or Lenovo, moreover be honest and add all the costs of software. MS Office is damn expensive, not to mention substitutes for iPhoto, iWeb and many other software that is shipped for free with every mac. Apart from this add the fact that macs are more reliable and use the hardware resources in a far better way than Windows does, not to mention the costs of loosing money due to system error (aka blue screen - how many times You've seen it on Windows, and please be honest).
There are also some other factors, like computer aging - till the time I've switched to mac I needed to change my laptop every two Years, as after two Years it was so painful to work on it (regular system hangups, new software was terribly slow). With mac I don't have this problem. I've MBP 15.4 Core2Duo 2.4 4GB 250GB/7200 and it works exactly as on the day I took it home from apple store, and I use it very excessively. As for photography, I was once doing a comparison check with my friend windows laptop, and the conclusion was that I was able to handle NEF files on my computer the same way he was able to handle jpg's on Windows.
In my previous job it was so refreshing that we can choose our Desktop operating system. Most in my area(Developers and Solution Architect) used linux (ubuntu,red hat etc..). Speaking of which the latest Ubuntu linux has just been released(25 april 2009). I use Windows now because its the one supplied on my corporate laptop but if I have a PC it would be running Linux. I dont have one now cos of .. well lets not talk about it :-(
Anyway I am hoping to get a desktop PC of my own soon so the Ubuntu 9.04 release is just in time Yay! Saves a bundle on all the application and OS and I can get all I need on it in terms of applications. I already Use Gimp for my PP so That ALL I need !! LOL.
As with many things in life it is not the size or speed of your equipment that matters but how satisfactorily it performs the required task !
I am now running windows 7 on my vista hardware - no upgrade need here because it is using the vista engine. So I should theoretically get 6 years from my lappy. I just got a Sony vaio for a friend that has the same specs and build quality as a mac and it was exactly half the price for Core2 Duo 2Ghz, 4GB RAM, 16.4" LCD, HDMI, 250GB HDD!
I am waiting for a price drop for everything. Everything is too damn expensive. :D
@NSX LOL thats the best I have seen in a while ... Might put it in my sig !!!
...enough money to get a street legal kit for my Honda XR400 dirt bike. WEEEEEE!
POCKET WIZARD iTTL's for Nikon. COME ON JUNE!!!
I had older Canon equipment and older laptops and desktop (windows xp when if first came out). Kept waiting for the latest and greatest. I finally got tired of reading about what is coming up just around the corner and pulled the trigger on all new Nikon equipment D3x and D3) and a new mac pro desktop (being delivered this week) and the new macbook pro. Thought the next updates for my cameras, lenses, computers, phone, washer/dryer, toaster oven, etc will probably be out in the next 10 months, I've finally made the investment in items that I know will serve me well for the next 10 years. I know I will have more fun taking my own photos with the equipment I just bought for years to come, than just reading about the new, improved, 500MP, 50 FPS Nikon D10000xxxx just around the corner!
@ ricktoyota : LOL! Congrats on your purchase! nope I cant afford them crazy cameras yet...
I'm waiting for a solar panel that is light enough to place in the kitbag, and with the output to charge a pair of ENEL3e / a single ENEL4 / or a Macbook.
Apart from that, there is nothing I am really waiting for, as I will only wear it out/break it/have it stolen.
If people keep chasing the next bit of greatest kit, when do they get chance to go out and actually take some great photos?
Well,I was waiting for a price drop on the D90,but prices keep rising and everyone seems willing to pay the going rate no matter what it is,so I bit the bullet and bought one last week below $900.00 while I still could.
I am now waiting for a dealer to get the 35MM f1.8 AF-S in stock long enough for me to jump on one of those.
I know,I know-..........not nearly as exciting as a D3,D3X,or macbook pro,but hea....I'm a poor country boy,so I can be quite content with a Dell running Vista and a D90 ;>)
Mac user here. As it relates to working on photos, I don't think there is really any difficiency of software available. Sure there is more PC stuff out there, but when you narrow it down to only quality (read: Useable) software, I'd say its an even playing field. The only PC program I miss is Paint Shop Pro from Corel.
As far as using Mac's for office work, you've got everything you need. I've got iWork and MS Office on my Mac. Of course I generally connect to my PC at work via VPN. I actually like it more than physically being at the office, because I have more screen real estate to work with (handy when messing with large spreadsheets). To be perfectly honest, your OS doesn't really matter for office work anymore. You should just use whatever you prefer and save your files in a format that can be opened by your audience.
Pricing: Probably a wash. My only gripe with Mac pricing is that you don't have a cheap option for an upgradeable case. Mac's aren't more expensive per se... you just have to buy hardware you might not need.
Haha, thanks HeartyFisher!
I have 0 income. I'm in college, so I technically have a negative income! Isn't that scary? :D
NSXType-R you enjoy it while you can, income are actually scary these days.
What I am kind of waiting for, beside world peace of course, is bug free, not so slow, not so memory hungry and packed with few additional features (like geometry edit) version of CaptureNX, and one that will be free for all Nikon camera users.
Also quite a few updated lenses would be nice.
Well, if I think about it, I’m actually waiting for a lot of things, but that’s life.
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