The Dark Side of Mac Ownership

I've owned various incarnations of the Macintosh since 1984. I still have the first one I ever owned. It's the one with all the signatures from the design team that created the computer. I think it's safe to say that I'm a lover of all things Apple and Mac.

There are some downsides. My current Mac is a nice little Mac Mini. When I bought it, I opened her up, installing more memory (two 2 gig sticks) and swapped out the hard drive from a previous Mini that I own. It runs nicely, if not a little warm; it handles World of Warcraft (with some tweaks), and I use it for recording the Leveling Azeroth Podcast.

Lately, though, I've been having the occasional problem with it. It seems that once in a while, when I restart the computer, it decides to flake out and not recognize the hard drive, nor will it load the OS. It only seems to occur when I do the restart. I have the computer restart the machine in the wee hours of the morning, because it helps clear out junk that the OS accumulates over time.

Usually, it's not a problem. I'll run Disk Utility off my OS boot CD, and it seems to fix the problem. If that didn't work, I'd restore using Time Machine, a great addition to Mac OS. Neither of these things worked last Monday. So, I took the tactical nuclear option: I reinstalled Mac OS. I didn't lose any programs, but I did lose some files (like all of my website pages). 

Another casualty was the program iWeb. I have a love/hate relationship with the program. I like that it's so simple a caveman can use it, and I hate it because I can't quite do all the things that I would like to be able to do with it. I'll be honest, the best web editor I ever used was Adobe Pagemill (which shipped with the first couple of generations of iMacs). I designed my Society for Creative Anachronism group's first webpage using that program. Sure, I "should" have learned HTML, but then the guy who created it even admits that no one really should have to learn to code that way.

So now, I'm using Sandvox. It's got nicer bells and whistles, and I can add lots more social media things (The Facebook "Like" button, twitter badges, etc.). I'm still learning how to use it, and I think that the challenge it gives me is a good one. People need to keep learning. We shouldn't get stuck in the ruts of habits that may or may not be good for us. It does feel good to accomplish something new.