Re: How many people ACTUALLY upgrade ram???
There's a thousand things wrong with your statement, and simple downvote isn't going to do the job.
"IT won't let me spend my own money to upgrade it."
Nor should they. Stock ownership control becomes vastly more complicated, even if you wanted to "donate" the money, there is still the paperwork to deal with. It's still an upgrade and still handled with regular internal policy either way. Best option here, is if your work offers BYOD, take that path.
"The ability to upgrade computer hardware should be protected by law."
Yeah well, I agree, and if I were the king ruler of the universe.... And we both know how that would turn out.
"I think 60% less off MSRP is fair for un-upgradeable"
What you think is irrelevant. Mainly because you haven't been assigned the job of setting prices. And it appears for good reason.
"However, the Apple-ites NEED to be led around by the ring in their nose."
The real power users are quite sensible (yes, I was shocked too). Everyone else has their own reasons to buy - some sensible, some a bit misled. Bottom line is, If I want to hang half kilo weights from my nipples, then I should be allowed to do that. However misled I might be.
"there used to be a reason ... when Mac once had a speed advantage but no more."
That and desktop publishing. But either way, neither was the reason. It was software availability. The Atari games console was highly sought after for MIDI work once apon a time, even after it was well and truly obsolete. Not because the Atari was "good", or "better", just the original author had an Atari, was familiar with it, and wrote software that ran circles around the "competition" at the time.