A month ago, I posted in enthusiasm and sheer happiness about my favorite toy of the moment, my PowerBook G4. After 3 months of moderate use (I don’t blog that much after all and my X41 is my main computer), it melted. About 2 weeks ago, the unit started randomly freezing – having no other recourse than clic-clac (power off/power on). Pretty extreme, but the only solution. Over the past week, it might happen 3 times in an hour, rendering the laptop unusable.
I tried to run hardware tests. Fine. Disk tests. Fine. OS re-install. The machine freezes 10 minutes into the install. FUBAR.
Called in Apple support (very nice) to get an incident ID. I now need to go the Apple Store to give the fried machine to an Apple Genius (doh), who will send it in for repair.
I have had 5 IBM ThinkPads and one Dell Latitude over the past 12 years. They never failed me that quickly. I sure am happy to type this post on the laptop of the year.
PS: I got to test a MacBook Pro at the Palo Alto Apple Store (since I was there). Besides the integrated iSight, I did not see much of a difference with my (now defunct) G4, especially on speed. I was told that most applications were still running in binary compatibility mode.