It’s raining again today, but it was sunny for three days in a row even though they said it would only be one, and I got to wear shorts yesterday it was so warm, so I can’t complain about rain today.
Apple took away my brand new MacBook Pro. I have to say, my apple products are on the shit list right now. I bought a new MacBook Pro. Immediately upon bringing it home it started having this issue where the screen would not light up when I opened it. It did not happen every time I opened the computer, but a lot of the time. I figured it was brand new and should not do this so I exchanged it for another one. What a mistake. The new one had the same issue, only it happened every single time I opened the computer, and it was difficult to get it to come on. So I called Apple. They said it was a “known issue” and told me some key fix while turning it on. It didn’t fix it. Every morning I have a tiny window in which to write before my baby wakes up. I spend most of that tiny window trying to make the computer wake up, so the other day, in complete frustration, I called Apple again about this issue. During the conversation with the Apple support representative, my ear touched my iPhone and hung it up. Ears aren’t supposed to hang up iPhones. I tell you, at that moment, Apple was at the height of the shit list and I was mad as hell. While on hold during my call back, the guy I had been talking to called me again. He apparently used my serial number to get back to me, which is a good thing because it was the only information I had given him before the call hung up. We spent the next half an hour working through a bunch of repair things behind the scenes in the guts of the computer’s programming.
Didn’t work. Yesterday I opened up the computer and the damn thing would not come on no matter what I did. Here I have been touting Apple products to anyone who will listen and I am having all these issues, although I can say I am typing this on my 3-year-old MacBook that still works just fine. I just wanted a computer with more space and RAM, which is why I bought the Pro. Maybe I shouldn’t have.
Anyway. In frustration, I made a Genius Bar appointment between court and my next client. I took it in there and left it with them. Of course the piece of shit opened up and worked just fine in front of the Genius Bar guy so I looked like a hysterical female. However, he looked at some history thingy in the guts and saw something that backed up my story, and agreed that they would do some tests and get back to me. They had not gotten back to me yet by late afternoon yesterday so I called, and they said it would not be ready until today. They said they “had not finished looking into the problem,” which means “We have not gotten to your computer yet.” Duh, I’m not dumb.
My small writing window is rapidly closing here. Isabel woke me up today, but she has been running around and is now eating the pancakes Milla decided to make for breakfast before school (I wonder who will do THOSE dishes?). It will not be long before I am the only person in the world with whom my baby would like to interact and there are other writing things I need to do that are more important than cheering the sun or complaining about computers.
I’ve switched to mac. However I still own a pretty decent PC that I keep because of WordPerfect, the best and only word processing program, a program that makes stupid, counterintuitive Word look like the mangled piece of shit that it is. If only Corel would make a WordPerfect for mac, things truly would be perfect. Anyway, I digress.
I have not had the PC out for about 7 months. It’s been packed away in Oregon. I used it yesterday to work on some documents in WordPerfect. I forgot just how hideously obnoxious windows is. I hate the constant updates. I hate the stupid little messages telling me stuff I already got 4000 times ago without the stupid little message. I hate that I have to give “Supervisor Permission” to do anything, even though I’m the only one using the damn thing, and even though I told it I was the only one using the damn thing.
Windows-based computers are called PCs, for “personal computers,” but the truth is they are anything but. They are completely designed for work in an office with some IP nazi who wants total control of everything you do. There should be some way to shut that shit off, but there isn’t. I called HP when I got the thing new and nope, can’t do it. Annoying.
Just now I came into my office after taking a shower. The PC had turned itself on and was sitting there wondering if it could install updates. Um, no. Go away. I don’t want to have to sit and wait and give you permisssion and then hang out while you reboot and do all your foolish things. Leave me alone. I’m going to go use my mac.
My mac died on Sunday. It turns out the hard drive was bad. The funny thing is, I was so pleased with mac over windows I did not realize some niggling things were the result of a bad hard drive. Now I have a new hard drive and the niggles have gone away. Mac is even better.
While I realize it isn’t great my hard drive went caput after five months, I am very happy that I have a mac and could simply walk into a mac store and they would fix it. No sitting on hold for 8 years with some techie somewhere to prove what I already know. No waiting to ship it off, then shipping it off, then waiting for its return. My mac was back to me this morning.
Another lucky thing for me was that the mac people were able to recover just about all the things that had not been backed up. I literally had my external hard drive sitting here on the desk next to me ready to hook up and back up the day my drive finally quit on me. I was on the phone with a friend trying to send her an email and it just stopped. I couldn’t shut down properly and had to turn it off with the button. It never recovered. It went to a blue screen with a little flickering question mark. Awww…..
My kind housemate allowed me to use her old windows computer while I waited for mine to return. This was good for someone so tethered to the internet and the need to dump useless thoughts (like these). I am quite thankful to her for allowing me to use it to check my email and to post on my blog. However, while using this computer I was reminded of all the reasons I left windows in the first place. I do not miss the constant and ubiquitous popup messages giving me some piece of information I either already know or do not care to know. I hate those little messages. I do not miss the constant and ubiquitous updates that are always on the ready to install, freezing things up, making the machine click and clatter and rattle. I hate those updates. I do not miss the random desire of pc’s to freeze for no apparent reason as they click and clatter and rattle. Perhaps they are thinking up new little messages for me. I don’t know.
What I do know is that I am SO glad to have my mac again. I wrote my boyfriend a text message when I got my baby back. It said I have three major loves in my life: one is in school, one is asleep in Oregon, and the third is sitting here next to me in the car. Yes, I’m silly enough to count my mac as one of my major loves. Welcome back, dear. I missed you.
You winner in lottery national!
Ooooh! Excitement! I received an email today that said just these words. Can you believe it? Yeah, me neither. Somehow I think if I won the lottery, several things would be different. First of all, I would have had to have actually played the lottery, which I don’t, so it would be difficult to win. Second, wouldn’t you think they would notify me in some other manner than email? And finally, would the email really say, You winner in lottery national? Call me a fool, but I would think it would at least say You are a winner, not just You winner.
I hope I haven’t lost out by deeming this message junk and deleting it. I really hope I have not done some serious damage or something. Geez. Oh well. I have to hope I’ve done the right thing.
Tonight my computer acted like it had Windows installed. Eeewwwww yuck! Damn thing. It kept freezing when I tried to do a find on Firefox. I had to do forced shutdowns twice and had to just use the button to turn the entire computer off twice. It was all very annoying and Windows deja vueyish. I was finally able to restart properly and things appear to be on track, but that Windows behavior, it gets me all sketchy.