My mac, which I got back from the repair shop last Friday, is out of commission again.
Macintosh people love to go on about how beautifully designed and user-friendly macs are. But in my hands they are failure prone and difficult to use (no equivalent of Alt-Tab that lets you cycle through all windows regardless of what application they’re running in, no equivalent of Windows-D that hides all windows, reliably). At BloggerCon this weekend I mentioned my woes to a recently departed Apple employee. He said, “yeah, the 15-inch titaniums fail a lot. You want one of the new aluminum 15-inch powerbooks. They did a much better job designing the hinge on that one.” Gee, thanks.
But wait, there’s more. When you close a powerbook, the keyboard comes into contact with the screen and transfers all kinds of wonderful stuff from your fingers to the LCD surface. The more scrupulous mac owners I know carry around a thin cloth or piece of foam, to protect the screen. I tried this for a few days, before my mac conked out again, and found all of the fiddling around to be kind of a schlep.
This raises the question: am I just unlucky, or are the mac people delusional?