Wired’s Kahney: Apple’s Mac Pro ‘speaks power’ with ‘a weapon aesthetic, like an expensive handgun’

Apple Store“I just took delivery of my new Mac Pro, which is a workstation — not a computer — that’s designed for serious film editing or Photoshop gymnastics,” Leander Kahney reports for Wired News. “I’ll use it mostly for e-mail and photos of my kids, and I’m wondering if I’ve overindulged my needs. But what’s ‘needs’ got to do with it? I’ve wanted this machine for a long time. I’ve been waiting for the Intel upgrade since Steve Jobs said it was coming about a year ago.”

“This is as slick a toy for adults as can be had, and it’s the most beautiful computer I’ve ever owned,” Kahney reports. “The machine speaks power. Fashioned from thick, sturdy aluminum, it has a weapon aesthetic, like an expensive handgun. I abhor guns, but I admire how beautifully they’re made. Same with this full metal Macintosh. Every component is precision tuned.”

MacDailyNews Take: First, why does Kahney “abhor” guns? “Abhor” means to “regard with disgust and hatred.” So, Kahney hates an inanimate object? Maybe he means he abhors “gun violence?” Now, that would be understandable, even if still a totally irrelevant statement to include in a computer review.

And secondly, does this combination of statements mean that he “abhors” Mac Pros, too? Kahney writes, “same with this full metal Macintosh” directly after writing “I abhor guns, but I admire how beautifully they’re made,” so we’re naturally a bit confused. It sounds like he “abhors” Mac Pros, same as with guns, but admires their design and quality of manufacture.

We have to wonder, does Kahney really “abhor” guns or is he just trying (consciously or subconsciously) to interject some measure of political correctness and therefore needlessly confusing his point? Our point isn’t that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Our point is that perhaps Kahney should leave politics out of computer hardware reviews, if his real purpose is to review computer hardware. Otherwise, as we’ll all probably see below, the hardware review will be buried by the author’s unnecessary inclusion of some irrelevant “belief.”

Kahney continues, “The machine starts up super fast; it seems like 15 or 20 seconds. IPhoto is very fast and zippy. Photos are sucked up from the camera in a flash (gotta love USB2), and tens of thousands of pictures whip smoothly up and down the screen. My old G5 used to stutter.”

“However, I’m disappointed at the speed of Safari, which often takes forever to load a page. In fact, it’s a dog. It can be painfully slow. This may be my cable connection, but it’s probably not. My PowerBook, sharing the same connection via Wi-Fi, isn’t as slow. I haven’t yet had a chance to try Firefox or tweak my settings with a tool like Broadband Optimizer,” Kahney reports.

Full article here.

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127 Comments

  1. I really can’t argue with MDN on this one:

    We have to wonder, does Kahney really “abhor” guns or is he just trying (consciously or subconsciously) to interject some measure of political correctness and therefore needlessly confusing his point? Our point isn’t that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Our point is that perhaps Kahney should leave politics out of computer hardware reviews, if his real purpose is to review computer hardware. Otherwise, as we’ll all probably see below, the hardware review will be buried by the author’s unnecessary inclusion of some irrelevant “belief.”

    I’m just glad we have MDN. Regardless of whether they’re right, left or middle, they usually make interesting points.

  2. Ampar–you made me laugh so loud people in the hall are looking at me!

    You’re going to hell a little bit for the Corvette, though ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Full Metal Macintosh…Sweeeeeeeet

  3. Personally, I think MDN is reaching a little with this take. It is an over-reaction at the least, and a insult to to our collective intelligence at worst. Try to respect your readers, MDN… we are Mac users after all ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Guns are and Nuclear wareheads are the single source of ability to counter super-feaks bent on acquiring or intenting weapons (AKA Hitler) in order to dominate the world.

    In the end, if there were no crazed Dictator’s, or meth-heads breaking into homes at 3 AM wanting to kill people with their bare hands for drugs – yeah, guns would probably serve no “good” purpose, but reality is that world is a dream – so go guns!

  5. If Kahney’s “ I abhor guns” statement doesn’t leap right off the page at you upon first read, without needing the MDN Take at all, then you have been brainwashed by the PC (Political Correctness) crowd.

    Kahney must really be losing his Liberal-addled mind as we approach election season after so many years of Republican control of all three branches of government.

  6. MDN is unbelievable. Someone could say they hate poetry and MDN wouldn’t notice. But how dare someone hate guns!

    I hate gun violence. And here’s a funfact: that’s what guns are designed for! Whether against animals or people, guns are designed for violence!

    So yes, I hate guns, and people who get wood for killing machines make me sick. But not as sick as they are.

  7. Leander Who reports for Wired What?

    Here’s a news headline, “Pointless post and pointless take results in pointless thread.” Maybe you’d prefer, “MDN: Trolling for hits.”

    MDN has gone the way of Wired Whatever. Trivial posts, self-righteous takes and Windows bashing has drove this once decent source of real Apple News into the ground.

    We have SteveJack(ass) expecting apologies from companies that made smart business decisions. We have MDN insulting the very users they claim will increase their marketshare. Finally, we have every bit of pro-Apple or anti-Microsoft drivel that comes across the web posted so that MDN may serve “one more ad”.

    As MDN has declared on companies such as Sony, I suggest a boycott of MDN until the ads are tamed and the quality is improved. Until you check your MDN RSS feed and see, “We apologize to our long time viewers,” stay away.

  8. While 1 GB is more than enough for pedestrian tasks (I’ve got 512 MB in my Pismo, 768 MB in my dual G4), having more might be just the ticket for those “consolidating” multiple platforms onto a new-gen MacIntel. With a quad-core Mac Pro and Parallels, I can imagine simultaneously supporting Mac OS X, a Linux flavor, Solaris x86, Windows 2003 Server, and the latest desperate release of Vista. You can indulge having one big, bad, beautiful box and surplus the rest. Throw in a decent flat panel and you’ve got a nice, compact computer lab!

  9. Allow me to clarify my earlier post. I will agree that MDN does a good job of pointing out the political bootlicking Kahney is doing when he says he “abhors guns”. If MDN left the comment at that it would be easy to see their point and agree wholeheartedly. Unfortunately that 3rd MDN Take paragraph is preceded by 2 paragraphs that sound like the nitpicking rantings of a lunatic. Axe the first two paragraphs, they’re not necessary to make your point in the third paragraph.

    My overall point was why are we ripping this guy on a tiny issue like his gun analogy when he’s trying to be complimentary of the Mac Pro? Can’t we pick our battles a little here people? Forest. . . trees. Forest . . . trees. Let’s focus on the forest.

  10. To Bobby: the US didn’t win its freedoms “by citizens wielding their guns in the face of an unreasonable foreign government”. They won it by wielding their guns in the face of their OWN government: they were all born and raised as British subjects, and that’s what they considered themselves to be.

    We don’t have the 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms because the Founding Fathers were worried about foreign governments. They wanted to make sure we could fight back if our OWN government turns tyrannical, as theirs had.

    “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force, and like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” — George Washington

    And at a time when the federal government is larger and more intrusive than Washington could ever have imagined, and the President claims the right to spy on Americans without any evidence of wrongdoing, and to imprison Americans and others for life without trial, well, I think Washington was right. Damn right.

    Keep your powder dry.

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