Originally posted by pscates
I lost my mind a week ago
Paul, did you forget to take your Zoloft?
Sometime after the "new PowerBooks are days away" buzz in mid-August passed without any updates, I was playing with my friend's 17-inch and trying to tweak it to see his G4-tower, which was set to share the Internet. I worked with the 17-inch somewhat more intensely than I had ever had, and I changed my mind about the it. A lot of the things I disliked about it (mostly size) was dimished having used it. I went home later that night, and was just a button-click away from ordering the then 1 GHZ 17-inch PowerBook. I even put it in my cart along with the Brenthaven bag. I read the sites, and the rumors that Mac Expo Paris was definitely "it," so I made a pact with myself that if I'm going to get one, I going to get the next iteration of the 17-inch since it's overdue for a rev.
But things changed when I saw the new 15-inch. I woke up that morning after the Paris Keynote, as I think we all did, blurry-eyed, waiting for the Apple site to load. My eyes sprung wide open when I saw the new 15-inch. All the lust I harbored for a mythical aluminum 15-inch PB had come rushing back, and I was swayed to order it instead. I remember quickly seeing that the fastest 15-inch was 1.25 GHz, and the fastest 17-inch was 1.33 GHz, and thinking I really should get the 17-inch since I had somewhat made my mind up awhile back. But there was something captivating about the 15-inch, that I went online after I took a long shower, and pulled up the store page. The first generation 17-inch that was in my cart ready for order weeks on end must have been automatically been deleted from my cart. But I didn't care because I was firmly committed to the new 15-inch, and I ordered it right then and there at 6:27 am EDT.
I have the Ti867. Boy was I disappointed in the new 15-incher after about two days of use. Shitty battery life. And it was a crotch cooker. I returned it about a week ago because of its defects, namely my battery was whacked, and the thing was an oven. I know the Titanium well, having had several of them, and boy-oh-boy did the new Al get scorching hot. I didn't have the "spots." But the heat was worse than the Titanium (which I thought there couldn't be anything worse than the Ti for heat), and the battery life was worse than the Ti. I was painfully frustrated.
A week+ has passed since I shipped it to Apple. They told me it would be about a week after they received it until my credit card would be credited, and indeed, I am still waiting. But in the meantime, I have been working with my "tide-me-over" Ti867 that I purchased in March to bridge the gap between the next 15-inch, which I later changed my mind on getting, but decided to get impulsively anyway, and was majorly disappointed in the end. I have painted myself in the proverbial corner. As much as I hated the Ti decision because the previous Ti's have had one defect after another, this Ti867, has been remarkably perfect. They say an idle mind is the devil's workshop, so while I have been waiting for my "credit," I have been questioning my need to upgrade at all. Maybe I should just stay with this machine that I resented, but have now grown fond of because it just works the way it should.
My friend thinks I'm crazy not to get the 17-inch, and deep down I know that would be the best for my writing, and my video production, but I'm sort of in the "who cares anymore," "don't fix it, if it ain't broke" camp, and in the end, I am probably the one who actually needs the Zoloft.