Hating on Apple

From: Chad Smith 
No - I'm not complaining about people doing the subject line.  *I* am doing
the subject line.

My Mid-2010 MacBook Pro (a $1,700+ machine) has had failure after failure
over the past month, and I'm sick of it.  Of course, i didn't get AppleCare
on this thing in time, so I'm paying out of pocket.

So in my frustration, I turned my nerd rage on the source of my problems -
Apple's design of computers.  I published my rant on my blog.  Here's a
link for anyone who is interested. (Disclosure - there are ads on my blog -
so you may unintentionally throw a couple of pennies at me by clicking the
link below - however, AdBlock does work very well against that.)


And if you don't like the idea of visiting my blog, I can post the whole
thing here.  But if you post your comments on my blog - the whole world can
see them!  And by "the whole world" I mean the less than 5 average
pageviews I get per day.

*- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" ------------------------------------------------------ If you purchase an Apple device, especially a MacBook of any variant, I would *strongly* recommend the AppleCare with the damage protection. I'd recommend the accidental damage on a new notebook of any kind. I've seen people scream and lose a *many* sleep over a fall or blow to the device damaging the device, claiming they "didn't need" the damage protection, then comes the mountains of "I told you so" moments. No matter what you do, accidents happen, and I've had ADP (accidental damage protection) protect both my device and my wallet for replacing it. I don't work for any of the laptop manufacturers, however in the past I worked at the Gateway repair depot in LaVergne, TN in the past, and the only way we could perform work on a laptop that looked like customer-induced damage is with the damage protection plan. Any time otherwise is billed for T&M. My current notebook wasn't new, but a SquareTrade warranty was offered when I purchased it on eBay. Even if I never use it, given how long it's been between paychecks large enough to allow me to purchase a personal laptop, it provides mountains of peace of mind. -Alex Smith (K4RNT) -Writing this email on a Lenovo ThinkPad R61 purchased for $150 on eBay, now upgraded with a 500GB Seagate Momentus XT hybrid disk re - - e an

=============================================================== From: Dan Lyke ------------------------------------------------------ On Sat, 9 Jun 2012 21:16:45 -0400 "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" wrote: I've never done the damage protection, 'cause I didn't know it was available last time I bought an Apple product new, but, yeah, my experience with the reliability level of Apple hardware is that you *always* buy the AppleCare. And I'm amazed to see this rant come from Chad, but: yeah, everything he said, too. Dan

=============================================================== From: Cynicalgeek ------------------------------------------------------ FYI with the shipment of the Ivy Bridge generation laptops, many PC makers will be shipping laptops with Thunderbolt this year.

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ I'm highly skeptical. I haven't seen a lot of mini-DVI or mini-DisplayPort connector on ANYTHING but Apple products. Basically, I'll believe it when I see it. Honestly, it's stupid. HDMI is everywhere. The world doesn't need Yet Another Video Standard. We just got out of that Component/composite/S-video BS. Let's just all use HDMI and be done with it.... Oh, wait, everyone BUT APPLE got that message 2 years ago. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ I agree, but I thought that Thunderbolt was supposed to be for more than just video. Wikipedia appears to agree. Looks more like it is an updated SCSI interface really. (daisy daisy oh for the lun of this daisy)

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Thanderbolt is *supposed to be* more than just video - yes. But I've never seen anything other than a monitor that uses it. (And those were Apple Monitors, btw.) I don't want to have to replace all my USB stuff either. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ Well to get any faster than the modem like speeds of USB you'll have to replace it with something. USB 3.0, etc. Thunderbolt was developed with Intel hand in hand and a few other companies. Apple finally has a connector that might do more than piss everyone off. Problem is that the rest of the PC world has yet to catch up so there isn't much storage that supports it but that is improving. My MBA can drive a mighty big monitor sure but the same cable can rip up some serious storage speed simultaneously. 10 Gb/s x 2 channels is not messing around.

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ You really think it's the *cable* that i the barrier for large monitor support? Maybe if my old Pentium 3 had a HDMI port - it could do 1080p! Seriously. There is an answer for the need for faster connections than USB 2.0 - it's called USB 3.0. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Alan Moss ------------------------------------------------------ We have a thunderbolt raid array that is about the only reliable way I know to record raw HD video. But, sadly we had to get a new MacBook Pro to use the frickin' thing. It is very cool that we can daisy chain the display to that... Brings back SCSI memories. http://www.anandtech.com/print/4473 -Alan