"It Just Works"? 2

By the way, I’m still having problems with my Powerbook. Things have gotten somewhat better, thanks to constant tinkering, but I still find myself having to restart at least once every other day. (And about half of the time I try to restart, nothing happens, forcing me to pop out the battery in order to shut down.)

The latest annoyance was that my USB keyboards started going haywire. Several keys produced the wrong output — i.e., I’d hit “M” and get “‘m/” or something like that. So I switched to another keyboard, and the Powerbook acted as through I was holding a key down — it kept repeating that one letter over and over again. I couldn’t figure out any way to stop the problem… and then, the next day, it was suddenly gone.

I’m also still annoyed by little things that I would expect to work better. For example, when I move my laptop from home to work, OS X isn’t smart enough to realize that the printer I had selected is no longer attached. I have to keep remembering to manually switch back and forth. It’s also about 50-50 whether the Mac will recognize an Ethernet cable and connect to the Internet, which is a pain.

In general, I find things “just worked” more on Windows XP than on OS X, which is the last thing I would have expected. I’ve made a commitment to this Mac, and it’s generally functional now, so I’m not going back. But I still hope — for Apple’s sake — that my experience improves. They can’t compete at all unless their products really are better than the competition.