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  • The main way I've avoided several of the nastier bumps in the last few years is to stay on the far late end of the earlier adopters. Unless it's security, I hold off on updates and I try to wait for at least a few months after the release of any new Apple products. They seem to get things straightened out eventually.

    No question that their track record over the last 6 months has been terrible. It almost seems they've hit some sort of wall with too much going on. MobileMe and this latest iPhone update are
    • The main way I've avoided several of the nastier bumps in the last few years is to stay on the far late end of the earlier adopters.

      Right, that's why complaints like this, while valid, boggle me when they conclude with "and so I am switching to Linux." Early adopters with Linux have MUCH more pain, and when things break there's often NOTHING you can do unless you know how to hack drivers.

      OK, so a few years ago I was angry at DirecTV's service so I switched back to cable.

      Read that again.

      Yeah, I was an idiot.

      DirecTV service sucks in oh-so-many ways, but at least it's not cable.

      This is my feeling about Mac (at its worst) vs. Linux on the

      • Early adopters with Linux have MUCH more pain, and when things break there's often NOTHING you can do unless you know how to hack drivers.

        I upgraded my kernel from a system update the other day, and suspend and hibernate stopped working. I made one small change to my bootloader configuration file to use the previous kernel, and everything works again. (The sequence of events is short enough to post in a forum or nopaste into an IRC channel to help anyone else do the same).

        Is that even possible with Mac OS X? Can you roll back portions of system updates?

        • Is that even possible with Mac OS X? Can you roll back portions of system updates?

          If you can patch a kernel yourself, then yeah. Not recommended though. :-)

        • As far as I know, you can't roll back portions of Mac OS X system updates. Frankly, as an admitted early adopter, I am quite tolerant of most bugs. That's the price I pay. What I am not tolerant of is bugs impacting core features which cripple usability. For many people, such as myself, internet connectivity is a feature which must not fail on a laptop or PC. For a phone, being able to use it as a phone is the one feature which must not fail. For Linux, I would probably be more tolerant of core featur