Alright so, what's not to like about Mac collections? If you've got one, I'm sure you've gotten some grief from PC users, the 'non believers.' But from another Mac user? What's not to like?
Whenever I see pictures of huge, extensive Mac collections, I'm struck by two things. The first one, envy. Even though I don't like collections that much, I'd certainly like to go for a walk through someone's more extensive collection. The second thing that strikes me is a question, "What do they use them all for?" I tend to ask the collector, even though the answer is often 'nothing.'
The thing is, Macs are excellent computers. They're very capable, and can be useful for a very long time. In fact, right now I'm typing this on a 10± year old Power Mac G4 that I got on eBay a few weeks ago to use in my basement. It's not even running OS X yet, I have yet to give it enough upgrades to make that worth doing.
You probably see where I'm going with this. My issue with collections is that people get a ton of these functional, capable Macs, and then do nothing with them. I don't deny that looking good is one of a Mac's many functions, but it certainly isn't the only one, nor is it the most important. I consider it a waste of an insanely great computer to get these older systems just to 'collect.'
Of course, this applies mostly to "new old Macs" like the one I'm using now. These are Macs that are new enough to still be useful for modern applications, but still old enough to be old. It especially bugs me when people have Macs that have a wide range of available upgrades and they don't use those for anything, because aside from the fact that they're probably already useful, they can be upgraded with a couple hundred dollars and made into very capable, more modern systems. So it's a bit of a double-waste when you have something like a Power Mac, because you're wasting both a good system and a potentially better system at the same time.
Anyway, I guess I don't have much justification in this, I collect video games. I suppose if I wanted to defend myself, I could say that game systems are generally less useful than computers. But whatever. I'll probably be guilty of having Macs for no reason someday as well. You see, I've always wanted an iMac G3, and I could see myself picking one up on eBay one day just 'cause. Although I'd have to come up with some ridiculous use for it, since I wouldn't feel like I'd spent the money on anything if I bought it and then forgot it.
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