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{   December 17, 2003   }
Panther and a 20 inch iMac
So long old friend! I have put my old workhorse blue and white G3 tower out to pasture and bought a new Apple 20 inch iMac. I giggled excitedly, not unlike a young schoolgirl, on the arrival of the new box…and to be honest, really haven’t stopped. It truly is a thing of beauty. The screen is gigantic with plenty of real estate for all of your program’s palettes to stretch their legs.

Perhaps the thing I was looking forward to most was being able to open a program without having to go watch a movie while waiting for it to startup. Heaps of RAM, a shiny new 1.8 GHZ processor, and the lovely Mac OS X Panther make me a very happy camper.

I can now finally partake in all of the buzz behind the new OS, including some nice leaps forward like Expose, Font Book (lacking but promising), and the vastly improved Finder. I also grabbed some nice 3rd party gems from the Iconfactory; Pixadex allows you to organize all of your icons iTunes style, and the ridiculously useful (for designers at least) xScope, a suite of tools for all manner of screen information.

A fine purchase, says I! Sure the price tag is a bit higher, but you get what you pay for. Get bent PC nay-sayers, Apple makes a damn fine computer. Now I need to find my old monitor a new home, though quite large and heavy, it comes complete with running water and a spare bedroom.