amichan, my beautiful blueberry ibook, has been in shock (there's a sad pun intended here with what I think was the initial cause of the trouble) since late last year, and been dead for about four months. Today I found out it would cost almost as much to fix as it would to get another blueberry ibook.
I shopped around used and refurbished stuff and came really close to bidding on a graphite ibook in ebay before I finally convinced myself I didn't want to deal with another refurbished computer. Refurbished equipment always worked out well for me before this one, and I may try again, but not right now. So, for about $1000 I have a new snow ibook headed my way, now. I decided at first that I might as well look at Intel laptops since practically all I do is run GNU/Linux, but I was aghast at the prices. I never realized what a good deal an ibook really was.
I'm officially no longer buying Apple for hardware; now I'm buying Apple for price. (Oh, okay, and maybe for GNU/Linux compatibility; Apple systems and peripherals are usually a less diffuse target to hit for free software developers.)
I guess everyone whose bought an ibook has had trouble, huh? But I guess the price will keep us around. Who'd've ever thought Apple would take the developer world by storm, and that they'd be winning on price?
I'm starting my master's thesis this fall. In mynew job (as of December), I'm having to commute to Dallas. I considered mass transportation but rejected it when I saw it would add at least a half hour to my daily commute. However, my plan now is to take the train and use the time to work on my thesis on the laptop. Instead of this removing thirty minutes from my day, mass transit actually adds the hour and a half I spend each day back in for research purposes. Shoot, I never get any time to read any more
Update: Incidentally, I will probably be ebaying the old dead laptop. Estimated repair costs were $332; someone might want to buy it and see if they can fix it, or use it for parts. If I do auction, I'll try to post here.