In article<firstname.lastname@example.org>, Eric Stevens<email@example.com> wrote: > >> I could swap > >> drives in it in a fraction of the time it took me to do the same task > >> in the Dell which followed it. > > > >if all you do is open it and swap drives, then that's the computer to > >get. > > Two thumbscrews to get the side panel off. Unplug the drive. Flip the > lock open on the drive mount and slide out the drive. Slide in the new > drive, flip the lock closed, plug in the drive, refit the cover and > screws. An easy 10 minutes from power off to power on. the powermac g3, g4, g5 and mac pro had a pull-lever to open or remove the side. for the powermac g3/g4, the side flipped down without needing to shut off the computer, which was useful for designing and testing pci cards. <https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/2ucGgBJmyDkABGQ4.huge> <https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/Nm4mRELLtcYI4YYI.huge> the powermac g4 cube had a pop-out handle: <https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/FScb4AU52CGNDjhq.huge> <https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/BPGoOxpVpqOqwmjl.huge> more recent macs are not as easy to open and sell in vastly higher quantities. users are not interested in being able to open the computer. they want to get actual work done. > >meanwhile, the rest of the world wants to do actual work, not open up > >their computer and swap parts all day long. > > I used to do that when I got bored. To add to the excitement I never > knew which drive did what and the behaviour on startup was quite a fun > lottery. whatever excites you.