Friday, January 25, 2008

More Mac Problems

So I ranted awhile ago about my problems upgrading to Leopard. After trying to watch some dvds in the last few days, it seems that the disc loading problem is actually a general problem, and not just related to the upgrade disc.

I've since been digging deep to try and find out what's wrong with my MacBook. Turns out there are no references to this problem on the Apple website. But, I've found this site, which points a finger at a superdrive 2.1 firmware upgrade as the culprit for a lot of peoples similar problems. Lo-and-behold, they even have links to the Apple website with explanations of the problem. HOWEVER - Apple has deleted all these entries on their website, and all references to a 2.1 superdrive update.

Clearly, this is a further example of Apple failing to sufficiently support its products. In this situation, they even go a step further; they've pushed out a destructive update and then covered their tracks rather than either acknowledging their mistake or attempting to provide a fix. This is the SECOND time this has happened to me; a few months back they killed my mac's battery with an update. Is this acceptable behavior for a company lauded for its user friendliness? No

As it pointed out on the site identifying the problem - this is the kind of thing that makes me consider switching back to a PC and its generic swappable parts.


***update***

Some people are report success with http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?t=42953&sid=7a19b1238543a5e4a43d12770bbd27c1
I'm not - try at your own risk

The Local Web

This morning I read Fred Wilson's post on outside.in and other efforts to make local content more prevalent on the web. I've since signed up to be able to contribute content to outside.in, and I'm looking forward to trying it out in the weeks to come.

My initial concern, at least in my zip code, is that there are a few blogs which seem to dominate the site. This is further problematic for me, because they are blogs to which I already subscribe, and hence I end up having a lot to skip or read twice. I suppose it will become a question of adjusting how/where I read certain information, but frankly that might be a bit too much to ask. Maybe, if more content starts to flow through these hyper-local sites this won't be such a concern.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

URL Purchase

For awhile I've been toying with the idea of buying www.mikolayczyk.com, today I pulled the trigger and am pleased to say you can now find this blog under the URL. While I'm pleased to control my family name on the net, I think curiosity is more what prompted my purchase. I keep reading about these squatting companies that earn money through buying and selling virtual real estate, and while I doubt mikolayczyk.com will be my ticket to riches, I am keen to find out how the whole system works.