|New laptop soon
||[Nov. 8th, 2007|11:50 am]
Apple declared my laptop DOA and said it would cost over $1400 and who-knows-how-long to repair. Screw that. I'll probably go down to pick it up, so I can grab the undamaged 160 GB hard disk out of it. I have a HDD enclosure, so that'll still be useful.|
I dove into my Google SoC money and bought an $800 Fujitsu LifeBook that was on sale at newegg. Yes, a non-Apple laptop. My friend Shu loves his Fujitsu, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I'm not bitter, since nobody repairs water damage, and I'm okay with that. Rather, I'm annoyed with how consumer-unfriendly Apple has been lately. The successes of the iTunes Music Store and the iPhone have made the company think that petty things like kernel-level DRM and closed platforms and bricking phones are acceptable. And they're not. I'm totally okay with closed source - it's closed source and asshole tactics that I don't like. DVD Jon is totally right about all this (well, I still think he's crazy for liking the Zune but hey).
So I'm going to be an Ubuntu + Xfce user before long. I discovered Xfce at the lab, and I love it. It's a pretty desktop that doesn't get in your way. Add Compiz Fusion and Murrina and it'll be as pretty as OS X.
I'm going to miss Adium though.