Yo dudes. That picture is of an old Mac SE that has been tweaked to look like the Rev. A iMac.
As for tape drives, the DLT4000 and aboves are faster than IDE hard drives. The only thing is, they're meant for streaming backups. Meaning that they run from start to finish and write the data. They aren't meant to really be accessed continually.
Actually it has a slot loading LP/LD drive for all your Audio AND visual needs!
It sports a dual optical eye so you dont need to remove and flip the laserdisk ! It contintues to work flawlessly! Furthermore it comes with super dupper karaoke software and an XLR input for a microphone!
That was their old plan. Now they want you to pay a licensing fee for humming the tune, although they have a discount price if you're like me and can only remember one line from the song and just keep repeating that.
I've bought my USB keyboard in the shop next to the Apple shop and I'm actually using a 900 MHZ Athlon. (There is a firewall, so You can't see it.) I only need a usefull computer, You can find new Imacs and G4towers in the shop but outside You can have used computers for nothing. For typing stuff, I don't need something special. On the other hand, for my graduate in informatics I needed a Toshiba with 32 MB ram, 4.3 GB HD and a 475 MHZ cpu. AS my internet computer it strugled with memory. On my laptop I can't use the helpfunctions, and applications had to be reprogrammed, and on my internetcomputer I need rebooting and it is very noicy(not for a PC) but cheap and usefull. Don't forget to follow the latest news. ciao from Belgium