There goes the "living off a powerbook" theory

24 Nov 2005

There was one drawback I hadn’t considered when switching to this ‘living off a powerbook’ idea. No its not underperformance Mr Budd, its no performance. It all falls apart, when the powerbook dies on you.

Thats right friends, this one lasted just over 2 weeks before dying on me. After another excruciating 2 hours talking to Applecare (in India), I’m being refunded again. I refuse to accept a repair on such young powerbook. I need this to last me a few years, it can’t start its life like this.

I’m sure you can imagine right now, just how pissed off I am. This is the second powerbook to do this in as many months. Out of frustration, I shouted out I’ll buy a bloody Dell then!!, but of course I didn’t mean it. Things are bad, but not that bad. This is not an OS problem, its a very particular hardware problem.

So, now I’m in a quandary. Old faithful has been put back into service (now replete with silver-gaffer-tape-to-hold-it-together™ accessory). Maybe I should order a plain off-the-shelf model? There does seem to be incompatibility problems with upgraded RAM and hard drives.

And what I really wanted to be blogging about today was how good Jeff Tweedy was last night at the Shepherds Bush Empire…

Later… While its crap that so many of you have had similar, if not far, far, worse problems than I have it is reassuring. You see, I’ve used Macs for 16 years now, and owned my own for 5. I’ve never had issues until these new powerbooks, never. All my macs have been rock solid, with any problems arising from my own extreme stupidity.

Ack. What to do. I wish there was a widescreen iBook available right now. Waiting until next year for intels isn’t really an option, no matter how good they are.

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