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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 getting a new computer all over again. watching Netscape 4.79, photoshop, etc load in 6 seconds when I first got this, was amazing]) which has lasted me about 7 years now.

    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.

    However, your issues with the support end of things, I can definitely sympathize with. My only question is why go through the whole rigamarole of mailing it back and forth when it *is* possible to take it to a local Apple repair center. (if there is one, which I suppose is what I'm asking.)

    Personally I can't wait until I can afford a shiny new dual-processor tower. Tales of woe don't scare me. I'd still want one anyway. I've waited too long to sink my teeth into OS X and have resorted to playing with Linux on another system just to get my feet wet with the whole unixy-feeling thing. (yeah I coulda went with one of the BSD's but I didn't.) Having a blast with it, for sure, but I want my "M-TV" ;)
    • 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.