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  • 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 manufacturer. I don't know how much time we spent on that machine coaxing it to work after we tried to dual-boot the thing; and the OS CDs it came with it were only good for repair, not reinstalling the OS. We seriously thought about testing the gravitational constant with it instead of raising it from the dead...

    I have never ordered an XServe from Apple, but I spec'ed out a Dell server a few years ago. We purchased it because we were running out of disk and CPU on a shared Solaris box, and a cheap linux box was sufficient for us to develop on. We really needed something quickly; the Dell server was a reasonably standard config, nothing too extravagant, and certainly within some manager's discretionary budget. It took three months to get that box that was supposed to be ready 10 days after purchase. We needed it immediately. After that experience, it'll be a while before I order a Dell server again...

    Every hardware vendor in this industry sucks. The only difference is the kind and amount of suckage you get. In my experience, Apple certainly sucks less than most.

    • 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.