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Tuesday May 06, 2003
05:44 AM

Apple Stuff

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My PowerBook is broken yet again. The new one that I got a few months ago, replacing the one Apple broke. I put CDs/DVDs in it, and they are ejected after a few seconds, regardless of the OS I am using (even on boot). Sigh.

Sometimes I feel like a Microsoft user, that I am locked in to one vendor with no real options. At this point I would look elsewhere for a laptop if I possibly could. I can't, not without using what would be IMO a significantly inferior operating system. So I keep coming back for more abuse.

I am sure I wouldn't sound so bitter had my last experience with Apple repair not been so horrible. But now I am moving, and I was going to take my PowerBook on the drive across the country, but now I will probably have to send in the PowerBook for repairs at that time, since I can't really afford to send it in while I am working. I am seriously considering trying to send it in sooner though. It's just that the prospect of sending it in at all is so distressing, since I was without my computer for well over a month the last time.

And yet, here I am, still coming back for more: I ordered a 15GB iPod yesterday. Apple, please please please don't make me regret it.

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  • Sorry to hear about your hardware issues, pudge. I've been a Mac nut for years, using a 512K until its powersupply died, then a MacPlus, SE/30 (which lasted me 8 years all told including loads of personal case-cracking for upgrades), a brief tryst with a PowerBook 165c which I used for a sales job I had), and my present PPC 7600/132 (upgraded with G3/400 CPU, RAM left and right as the chips fell my way, USB, extra SCSI accelerator [initio miles bluenote. excellent card], Ultra 160/M drives [which was like g
    • I've been pretty lucky with waiting for the right moment to pick my hardware I suppose, but I'd still have a hard time being angry specifically at Apple over a drive that they don't themselves manufacture.

      OK, then can I be mad at them for installing it and selling it to me? :)

      And Apple rarely does local repairs. It is annoying. Anything significant they ship out.
    • I'd still have a hard time being angry specifically at Apple over a drive that they don't themselves manufacture.

      I don't think Apple manufactures anything anymore. It's all outsourced to various integrators and fabs all over the place.

      Even if they don't manufacture the disk, they still choose which disk goes into an iBook/TiBook/G4 Tower assembly. They can either choose a low-cost component with a low MTBF/rotation speed/etc., or they can choose a pricier one with a higher MTBF/rotation speed/etc.

  • Ya know, just be happy you bought Apple.

    A friend of mine purchased a reasonably high end Gateway laptop around 15 months ago. He's just sent it back for the fifth time, and that includes at least one or two full replacements. I don't know how long he's had it vs. how long something has been in the shop, but it's at least as bad as your history with your powerbook, but I think it's worse.

    His previous computer is an HP Desktop that only just barely works if you do not use it as intended by the manufactur

    • I am happy I bought Apple. But when things go wrong, as they have been doing with more frequency than usual for me, I need to let out the frustration somehow, and I have sworn off the whole shooting spree thing.

      My biggest complaint is that I can't go to another vendor (because I am unwilling to part with Mac OS X). The lack of choice is distressing, even though I'd probably choose Apple even if I had the choice.
  • amichan, my blueberry ibook, has sung its last hurrah. It was a refurbished unit, but somehow the one my brother got is still going strong. My repair shop told me to check with the Apple store, and I will, but this is sad.

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers