Oh sadness... it looks like my computer problem is hardware related, not software. This of course means that I'm pretty much fucked until I get it fixed.
Apple has a deal called "Applecare" that costs an extra $200 or so when you buy a computer from them. Applecare pretty much insures the computer for three years. If there's a problem, Applecare entitles you to serious tech support - and I'm not talking about 'help' from some fucker in Bangledesh. It's been years since I called Apple, so I had no idea what to expect, but the gentleman I spoke with on Friday was knowledgeable, intelligent, and genuinely concerned. He talked me through the steps I needed to take to determine if the problem was hardware or software related.
By the end of the day on Friday, all was well again. I got a few hours of trouble-free computing. Woo-hoo. However, by Saturday morning, the problem was back & worse than ever. Luckily, I still own an old Mac that I bought in 1998. That's what I'm using for the time being until my real Mac gets fixed or replaced.
Using the old computer brought a few immediate changes to my life:
My old Mac was the last model Apple made before going to USB. This means:.
No printer [it was out of ink anyway, but that's not the point. The issue isn't that I can't print because I'm out of ink - now I simply can't print because I CAN'T. Brutal].
No scanner [not that I have anything to scan anyway, but that's not the point]
No camera [well, the camera works just fine, but there's no way to connect it]
The keyboard is clunky, and I'm stuck with a one - button - mouse! My other mouse has EIGHT buttons, and yes, I use them all. Why? Because I can!
Listening to music is now a royal pain in the ass! I have to actually walk across the room to get one of these disk-doodads. Maybe you're familiar? These disks are silver & each has a few songs on it. No, they're not customizable. No playlists, no rating the songs to have my favorites play. Worst of all, I'm limited to listening to what's on that one disk until I remove it and insert another - which involvesd another trip across the room.
It's barbaric I tell you. Why not just chisel the notes into a stone tablet & I'll imagine what it sounds like. Sheesh!
Who knows where the fuck my favorite websites are. Not me! And, when it comes to the sites I remember - I have to actually TYPE the address.
It's inhumane I tell you.
Still, I have to give credit where credit is due. This Mac is six years old, yet it's doing pretty well... and I'm glad I still have it. But that doesn't mean I won't be bitching all week long....
...because I will.
It is barbaric. How do you clean your clothes? By taking them down to the stream and beating them against rocks?::::: | March 10, 2007 4:42 PM