My mac is quickly becoming unusable. It started with lines on the screen which have now branched out into the big fat bar of white you see in the picture above. Reports online generally state that a) it always happens after the warranty expires and b) it costs way too much to fix.
In retrospect, I have no one to blame but myself: my old imac (333 mhz, green) had a logic board failure that also cost more to fix than the cost of a new computer. My last laptop, the last of the TiBooks, had a hinge bust, the PC card slot fail, and currently has several busted keys. This new failure is not surprising but has still come much earlier than I expected considering I have only had this computer about two and a half years.
I believe the "appletax" to be a myth, and the level of performance you buy with an Apple equals what you will get out of a PC of the same cost. However that doesn't take into account the fact that it is nearly impossible to find ANY product that has all of the following attributes: aesthetics, performance, and longevity. 1 and 2 Apple has in spades, but the third they have obviously lacked time and time again and refused to own up for their design failures and issue recalls or offer free repairs. The common answer to this is to purchase Applecare, which to be honest, IS the true Apple tax.
My next mac will be a mac mini or possibly a cracked netbook. Either will be cheap enough to be disposable in the event Apple's (or MSI's) shoddiness rears it's ugly head. This of course assumes I won't be sucked in by some new whizbang bit of user interface design (because honestly, multitouch trackpads are mesmerizing)
Most of the anger behind this rant may die down on Monday once I can visit an Apple Store and get an actual estimate for the cost of the repair. It will no doubt be far more than the cost of an external monitor, but I want to go anyway just for curiosity's sake.
1. Tom Waits - Rains on Me 2. Ann Peebles - I Can't Stand the Rain 3. The Cascades - Rhythm of the Rain 4. The Clientele - Rain 5. The Shannons - Mister Sunshine Man 6. Bud and Kathy - Hang it Out To Dry 7. The Ultra Mates - Pitter Patter 8. Cougars - I Wish it would Rain 9. The Beta Band - Dry the Rain 10. Tommy Guerrero - It's Raining Again 11. Lightning Bolt - Wonderful Rainbow 12. Thom Yorke - And It Rained All Night 13. Hood - Still Rain Fell 14. Bright Eyes w/ Britt Daniel - Spent on Rainy Days 15. Superchunk - Rainy Streets 16. Neko Case - Buckets of Rain (Bob Dylan cover) 17. Bob Dylan - Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35 18. Yoko Kanno - Dreams in a Pie 19. 800 Cherries - Rainy Poppy Field 20. Stars - The Aspidistra Flies 21. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs 22. Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots - Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall