Letters to the Editor

iMac supports printers

Although I found it to be generally balanced and well reported, I find one statement in the article "Apple responds to iMac demand" [FCW, Sept. 21] to be unnecessarily inflammatory and offensive. Roger Kay, an analyst at International Data Corp., said the iMac doesn't "have a serial port [or] a parallel port. You can't hook it up to a printer.... It could get ugly if you try to put it in a network with anything else. For first-time consumers, it's OK...but as a government box, it's irresponsible."

The implication that spending government money on an Apple Computer Inc. iMac is irresponsible because it doesn't have a serial or parallel port and that you can't hook it to a printer is unfair and mischaracterizes the true situation. The iMac has a Universal Serial Bus.

Can't hook it to a printer? The Mac supports LPR printing right out of the box to any PostScript printer. Non-PostScript printers are supported with an add-on package.

And speaking of irresponsible, who in their right minds would spend money to attach a printer to each user's computer rather than using a networked printer? Networking TCP/IP is part of the OS industry standard the last time I checked. No, irresponsible is using your status as an expert to spread fear and doubt based on inherent biases rather than evolving realities.

My views are my own and don't represent those of the government.

Capt. Michael Dahlstrom

Weapons Systems Cost Analyst

Air Force Cost Analysis Agency

Keep Mac news flowing

It is very refreshing to see FCW do some articles on Macs for a change. I have been a subscriber for more than a year, and this is the first time I have seen any Mac coverage.

At NASA's Ames Research Center, we still predominantly use [Apple Computer Inc.'s] Macintosh, and I, as a system administrator, am extremely thankful for that.

Keep that Macintosh info flowing!

Julie Reynolds

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