In my younger years, I was a bit of a Mac zealot. Okay, it goes back far enough that I was an Apple IIGS zealot.
I love underdogs. This is just one of the many reasons I’ve always loved the Mac. I knew that I wasn’t getting a mass-produced, assembly-line piece of crud computer. The things were workhorses. They lived forever.
My favorite Mac ever was Darcy. I had that PowerBook G3 forever. It was a sad day when she finally kicked it.
At my last job, I had a PowerBook G4 and a MacBook Pro. Both were nice and sexy and all, but they just weren’t as… strong as the old PBG4. The Mac is gaining market share, and I’m sad to see that reflected in the individualism of each unit shipped.
Mac hardware simply ain’t what it used to be.
When I started at BatchBlue, I got a MacBook (white one, no “Pro”). Now THIS was a nice machine. I love the thing. Compact, gorgeous, and just felt stronger than the MacBook Pro. I have had no issues with it. Not a thing. Nothing. Ran like a champ. I use this thing all day every day for everything from working to playing music to dance with Nolan to.
But today—in the middle of our weekly staff meeting—it died. No signs of warning. Nothing. I had actually just sent an email and noticed the wifi was crapping out. It froze. I did a force restart. I got the blinking folder.
Well, Sean called me up an hour or so ago and told me that the Apple Store called it dead on arrival. And for that, I get to scratch my head and wonder yet another “WTF?”
I’ll get to babysit the brand new BatchBlue iMac as my machine is getting fixed, but the hard drive was completely cooked. Nothing could be recovered. The shocking thing to me was that since I’m working on a web app and doing so much with email, Google Docs, and our internal wiki… I really didn’t need anything on that machine. Seriously, all I can think of I’ll miss right now is my instructions to run the Rails app locally.
But man… I’m irked. Seems like everyone’s Mac needs service lately. Give me the 2.5% market share back… when they actually had to fight to keep customers. The iPod has made Macs super cool, and it just feels like the quality is suffering. This is not the first time I’ve heard this. It’s a problem.
Well, hopefully it comes back stronger than ever. It’s a great little machine. I just can’t believe it is toast.