(Note: what follows is why I am tired of Apple. It may not apply to you, so don't grumble at me for it
I think for my next laptop, I may just go back to Linux. Apple is really disappointing me.
Before I worked for Kineticode, I had a Sony Vaio running (I think) Debian with the delightfully minimalistic Fluxbox window manager. It wasn't perfect, as I had Linux experts give up trying to get my wireless working and Alsa was just a pain and configuring X was
Well, you get the picture. Then David Wheeler, my boss at Kineticode, handed me an iBook. Prior to that my only exposure to Macs had been a girlfriend's Mac which ran System 7. I was dubious about the iBook, but I quickly came to love it. It had the ease of use of Windows but all of the power of Linux (well, all of the power that I needed, that is). It wasn't perfect, but I was pretty happy with it. Sure, lots of things needed X, but hey, I quickly installed that and most of my complaints were gone -- I'm easy to please. Of course, when Fluxbox was segfaulting, I went to the source, fixed the problem and recompiled and I can't do that with Macs, but hey, it's a small price, right?
When I went to buy a new laptop, I upgraded to a MacBook, bought extra RAM and the extended warranty. The first problem I noticed was no WiFi connectivity. This, apparently, was a common problem for MacBooks. It was several months of software updates from Apple before they sorted this mess out and this annoyed the heck out of me because the one thing you don't screw up is people's connectivity.
Of course, this is not the first time Apple's neglected this. Anyone remember the Titanium PowerBook G4 whose metal case looked sexy as hell and killed Wifi connectivity? Don't screw this up, Apple, just don't.
Recently I wanted to install Gimp, which means I need X, which means I need my install disks, which means I need to figure out how to eject the CD currently in my MacBook. Not only is "non-ejecting" CDs a common problem for the new MacBooks, but Apple removed the manual eject hole that older laptops had. This problem would be much less severe if they hadn't done something so stupid. I still need to get to the Apple store and get this fixed, but I'm afraid they'll take my laptop for days on end. I'm an addict, damn it!
So I have iTunes, too. I decided it would be nice to get the album cover art. Turns out I need an Apple Store account. Grumble. OK.
Then it turns out that I need to enter payment information to receive my free cover art!!! What the hell? Apple? Why are you forcing me to fork over financial information if I want this free cover art?
And ignoring the DRM issues (oh, and there are plenty of them), let's talk about connectivity again. You see, I recently went out and bought an "i". You probably know it by another name, but my brother Greg insists upon calling it an "i" because the damned thing has no phone. Well, that's not entirely true. It has great reception, so long as I turn off 3G, but 3G IS THE REASON I BOUGHT THE PHONE!!! I waited months to buy this thing only to find out that I can't use the feature I waited for! Apple, we're talking connectivity here. The one thing you don't screw up is people's connectivity. You can have all sorts of glitches elsewhere, but DO NOT CUT OFF PEOPLE'S FEEDS! I can forgive a hell of a lot, but don't do this to me.
This, and a number of other reasons, is why I think I want to bite the Linux bullet again. Ubuntu is a dream, it's easy to install, its wireless works, and I don't have idiotic DRM issues. Of course, getting Compiz back also makes me drool.
Apple, it was fun while it lasted, but if you can't communicate, this relationship has to end.
(And while we're at it, how many times do I have to try to post this without a "connected failed" error?)