Thanks to my loving audience for their patience! I am back after some technical difficulties.
It all began around March eight, when my PowerBook started having bouts of narcolepsy while I was working on it, going to sleep on me at random times. Turns out it had a bad temp sensor under the trackpad. This sensor worked fine for the first one to three hours after power-up, then it would start going nuts, reporting temperature extremes between -140 F and 190 F. The PowerBook went to sleep to protect itself, thinking it was really overheating.
My PowerBook is the center of my computing life. And without it I am totally lost and unproductive at my personal stuff: my feed reader and blog post editor is there, along with my browser bookmarks, my iTunes library, and my podcast subscriptions. While I back up everything daily to an external drive, I don’t have a spare PowerBook to dump my backups on when my main PowerBook is gone. If I depended on the PowerBook more for work-related stuff, I would be totally SOL if it was gone.
Anyhow, things are sorta returning to normalcy. I’ve been moving my computing life to a dual booting Windows/Linux laptop I use for my work as an open source Java VM and open source Java Enterprise Edition frameworks expert.
The PowerBook returned and then was sent back: they wasted many weeks of my time ordering parts and what not, but they hadn’t repaired or replaced the failing temp sensor. :: sigh :: Here’s hoping it comes back soon, really repaired this time. The only consolation I have is, if they don’t get it fixed for a third time, I get a free new MacBook Pro.
Catch you all soon, I have other things to share …