Bought a new iMac for Mrs. R just before Christmas. Graphite, with all the bells and whistles.
What a piece of junk.
Just had my second hard drive crash in two weeks. It’s my own fault; I was trying to close a file (sarcasm mode off). Disk Doctor, which seems utterly useless, copuldn’t do anything: “Cannot mount drive” Had to re-initialize.
So now, although I have 30 gigs of hard drive, I’m effectively limited to 120 Meg, whcih is all I can fit on an IMation Superdisk. I mean, I can’t use the hard drive if every two goddamn weeks it’s going to crash.
Oh, and the Apple Help is frigging worthless, too. No paper documentation, except for a large print 16-page booklet. It’s all supposed to be, you guessed it, on the HARD DRIVE. Oh, or on-line. Which of course I can’t access if my HARD DRIVE is down and I’m running on the Software Install CD.
Not to mention the frequent freeze-ups.
It’s not like I was trying to do anything special, either. I have Microsoft Office installed, and Microsoft Work, and the assorted software that comes with the computer (except Appleworks 6, which follows the new Apple trend of not being worth a sh_t–it doesn’t seem to be able to open anything except Appleworks files. Unlike my bud’s Clarisworks 5, which will open any damned type of file you can imagine–how’s that for retro-progress?) You’d think any competent computer could handle that, wouldn’t you? But noooooooooooo…
I’m telling you, this thing is one of the great disappointments of my life. Especially after the reliability of my old Mac Quadra 605. The whole reason I bought a Mac was to avoid all the incompatibility problems of the PCs, but it’s hard to imagine a PC could be worse.
Oh, and while we’re at it, the drains in my house are plugged and I had to follow a cop into work today at EXACTLY THE SPEED LIMIT and we’re out of stamps and my employer doesn’t give a darn about the airplane business.