Archive for April, 2008

Actually Macs are Cheaper than PCs

Monday, April 28th, 2008

It is pretty generally accepted that, no matter how superior they may be, Macintosh computers are significantly more expensive than Windows PCs. Just out of curiosity, I decided to do a little comparison shopping. Apple just upgraded the iMac today, so I compared the price of the entry-level iMac with a comparable computer from DELL. Here are the specs:

Dell XPS One

  • 20 inch widescreen display with Intel® Core™2 Duo 2.2GHz
  • Adobe Elements Studio for XPS™ One
  • XPS One® Wireless Keyboard
  • XPS One® Wireless Mouse
  • 1Yr In-Home Service, Parts Labor, 24×7 Phone Support
  • Included 3 GB DataSafe Online Backup for 1Yr
  • Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium
  • Norton Internet Security™ 2007 Edition 15-months
  • Microsoft Works 8.5 – Does not include Microsoft Word
  • 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz – 2 DIMMs
  • 250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
  • 8-in-1 Media Reader Included
  • Internal PCI 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless network card included
  • 8X Slot load CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW)
  • Integrated Audio – 2.0 Speakers
  • Hybrid Analog/Digital TV Tuner with Remote Control
  • Internal Bluetooth 2.0 Included
  • Apple iMac

  • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM – 1x1GB
  • 250GB Serial ATA Drive
  • Apple Mighty Mouse
  • Apple Keyboard (English) + User’s Guide
  • Accessory kit
  • Integrated Speakers
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB memory
  • 20-inch glossy widescreen LCD
  • AirPort Extreme
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • remote control
  • iLife ’08 suite
  • Front Row
  • Photo Booth
  • 1 year .mac membership
  • They are not exactly the same of course. The Dell has a wireless keyboard and mouse. The iMac doesn’t. The iMac has a built-in iSight video camera. The Dell doesn’t. The Dell has 2GB of ram, the iMac only 1GB, but then Vista needs that much more ram than OS X to perform acceptably. The Dell CPU is slightly slower than the iMac. All in all, they are pretty close.

    The price tag on the Dell is $1,299. The iMac is $1,269, $30 cheaper than the Dell. This is not taking into account any differences in longevity, productivity, or resale value, all of which favor the Mac.

    Now it’s true that Dell has cheaper computers than the XPS One, but they are not at all comparable to the iMac. Apple just doesn’t sell low end products. What is not true is that you can buy a PC comparable to a Mac for a lot less, or any less, money.

    Cocoa Sheets How To

    Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

    Sheets, of course, being those windows that drop down from the top of, and are attached to, another window. It’s pretty simple, but I had a hard time finding any documentation or Google info about it.  So here is what I finally found/figured out:

    1. First create the windows or panels in Interface Builder that will be the sheet and the window/panel that the sheet is attached to. If your sheet is a panel, set the style to “Document Modal”.

    2. Then do this in obj-c:

    [NSApp beginSheet:mySheet modalForWindow:myPanel
         modalDelegate:self didEndSelector:NULL contextInfo:nil];
    [NSApp endSheet:mySheet];
    [mySheet orderOut:self];
    [mySheet performClose:self];

    I’m not sure if that last performClose statement is needed, but it can’t hurt.