I'm afraid that my computer is on its last legs. It still hobbles around from website to website, most of the time, but the mouse pad has failed, and the plug in mouse only works half the time, and the other day I had to restart the computer to get the keyboard to start working again, which makes me think that the hardware is failing, little by little. Yesterday I managed to backup almost everything on it (all the pictures and documents made it onto the now nearly full drive).
After being a loyal Mac customer for years I'm afraid I'm going to have to go a different route, because at this point I really can't justify shelling out $2000 for a computer that's only going to die after three years (I know that's probably a long time for a lot of people, but we're a family who replaces their "free with the plan" cell phones every five years and so three years for a computer to die of hardware problems just doesn't feel all that long to me).
Don't get me wrong, I've loved my MacBooks, and hopefully someday, after Paul is done with law school and hopefully gainfully employed, I'll stroll back into an Apple store and make an appointment to buy a computer. Unfortunately it's pretty clear that the computer that is managing to type these words right now, whose little mouse I've only unplugged and re-plugged in a dozen times this morning, isn't going to last that long.
So I'm going to break the promise I made to only buy Macs after a computer disaster, and start looking elsewhere. You see, when I was living in Cape Town, I was working on a paper/ research project on women in sports that was worth nearly two classes worth of credits. I'd interviewed people and done polls. I'd researched and written nearly 100 single spaced pages. And then my Dell died.
Technically it would still start up. An acquaintance at the time, who worked in IT for Parliament, couldn't figure out what had happened. The computer had just reset itself to its factory settings, and acted like it was brand new. We contacted Dell who said it sounded like a software problem. In fact, every company involved said it just wasn't there problem.
At the same time I had a friend whose Mac crashed. He took it to the Apple store and it was rushed to LA and fixed within a week.
Three months and $500 later my computer was also up and running.
The experience pretty much sold me on Apples customer service, which we have been happy with over the years.
Alas (can you tell I'm being dramatic this morning over the loss of my computer? Yeah. I know. It's a bit over the top...), I think I'm going to have to take my chances and make sure that this time I back everything up frequently.
Does anyone have a reasonably priced computer brand/model that they love? Has anyone tried just using a tablet instead of a computer (and can you plug a tablet into a good old fashioned keyboard, because I'm afraid not having a keyboard would drive me crazy?)? And if you have any other laptop buying advice I'm open to suggestions... I'm really hoping that this little guy keeps working for a couple more months...