Did Apple Screw Up The Mac OSX?

My wife’s MacBook Pro has been having a problem ever since the most recent upgrade was downloaded: the cusor freezes for about 10 seconds every now and then. At first I thought it was maybe the hard drive, or something else. But after investigating online I find that a lot of people are reporting the same thing (8 pages of messages on that last one). They all say that after the 10.6.3 upgrade was downloaded and installed the trackpad, mice and keyboard all started having problems.
Has Apple heard about this? Why haven’t they sent users a message explaining the problem? I’ll bet a lot of people are spending money on “repairs,” or new hard drives or all kinds of things. Why the silence?
When will it be fixed?

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iPad (Updated)

I was about to get a netbook for travel, conferences, and things like that where I don’t need all the functionality of a laptop and want something really light to carry around.
Now I’m thinking about an iPad instead. But all of Apple’s usual shenanigans are putting me off. The lack of any way to add anything that can get around Apple making money off of you – no USB port or card slot, for example so you are entirely dependent on Apple accessories, memory, etc. The closed app market… The price is prohibitive – but it’s early so it should go down later.
So my question is, does anyone know about anything coming that will compete with the iPad that uses Google’s Android OS? Maybe even Palm’s? The Android phones look like they will compete with the iPhone…
Update — Take a look at this:

Firefox Makes My Laptop Fan Run Constantly

When I use Firefox the CPU meter goes way up, and the fan runs constantly. Sometimes when I am watching a YouTube the computer just shuts itself off. If I run Firefox and Skype at the same time I have to anticipate the shutdown.
Does anyone else have this problem?
I have a fairly new HP laptop with an AMD dual-processor. This happened in Windows Vista and now Windows 7. I really don’t want to have to switch back to IE and Safari isn’t quite there yet…
Others have written about this problem: Firefox: Heat and the CPU usage problem

Windows 7 Nightmare

So I updated to win 7 last night. It took almost 5 hours.
Partway through it stops on something like “checking files 21%…” It just stuck there, so I started checking online, and people were saying it does that and to just wait. So I waited and AFTER AN HOUR it started going again.
It “does that,” but Microsoft doesn’t TELL YOU it does that.
Finally installed but everything seems really slow now. Firefox does its “not responding” tihng and goes dim every few minutes. This is a modern computer with a fast processor and plenty of ram.
So after I get it all upgraded it turns out that the anti-virus/backup program I use doesn’t work – AND IT’S FROM MICROSOFT!!! It’s called Windows Live OneCare. Microsoft doesn’t TELL me that this program that I pay a yearly fee for and have a bunch of time left on isn’t going to work with their own new operating system.
Here is the worst part – that program is what I used to make backups, and only OneCare can read the backups it makes, so my only backups depended on it working. I can’t access the backups any other way, and I can’t install the program under Windows 7. I haven’t lost anything, but I had to start making a new backup from scratch today because I am going on a trip tomorrow and do not want to travel without a backup.
So get this — the Windows 7 backup program has been running SINCE 8 AM and it is going on 3 now. And it isn’t even halfway done yet!
It looks as though the Windows 7 upgrade is going to take more than 24 hours. And THEN I’ll know what is working or not.
Microsoft has a complete monopoly granted by the Bush Justice Department AFTER they lost the anti-trust court case. Remember that? They gave a bunch of money to the Republicans and their think tanks etc., and got let off from all consequences AFTER being convicted? And that is why so many people have to use Windows and Office. Bill Gates still the richest person in the world?
Yes, I know about Mac’s I had one of the first Mac software companies. But I have a zillion dollars of software and would have to replace all of it after paying the Apple tax which is about 3x the cost of a comparable PC. But it is looking like I am going to have to switch to Mac.
Update - Total time for updating and several attempts that led to finally getting a good backup made was about 28 hours. I’m on my trip.
So… I said it’s looking like time to get a Mac… Well my wife forgot her MacBook Pro power cord so we had to stop at a Mac store and get a new one. $80!!! The Mac tax.
Should I pay the Mac tax and get a Mac or stick with PC?

Quicken — Ugh

Is there any way to downgrade to an older, simpler version of Quicken? It used to be an OK program but they have “improved” it so much that it is pretty much unusable now. I just want to track my checks and balance my checkbook, just like I always did. But they made me upgrade – for as much as the original version cost. So now I am stuck with a program that is very, very hard to use, messes with my my checking account, and just makes it hard to do anything.
Is there a program that I can export all of my checking data into that will do this, so I can get released from the Quicken trap?

The Bug Tax

My wife is a graphic artist. She has a Mac. Because Adobe has a virtual monopoly on graphic design software she has to use Adobe’s Creative Suite, and the cost for this is hundreds and hundreds (and hundreds) of dollars. In fact, it is much more than the Mac itself.
She recently upgraded to Microsoft Office 2008. This brought out a bug in DreamWeaver CS3, where you cannot copy from Word and paste into DreamWeaver. Adobe won’t patch the bug, instead requiring users to upgrade to CS4. The cost to upgrade just DreamWeaver is about $200.
Adobe could just send out a patch that fixes this bug, but is instead extorting this $200 from their customers if they want a working version. Read that page, they’re not even shy about it.
The modern corporate business model is about harvesting the customer, not providing quality and service.

Firefox and Flash

I’m still having a problem with Firefox and Flash. I either can’t play videos like YouTube, or there is no sound. If I reinstall Flash it works for a day or two then quits again. Everything works fine in Internet Explorer, except I hate IE.
Do you think the Firefox people will ever fix it?

Speak Out California Is Back Up And Running!

This post originally appeared at Speak Out California.
One day your website is yours, and the next day it is someone else’s. Organizations, businesses and regular people are at the mercy of a confusing deregulated system.
A little over a week ago the Speak Out California website suddenly disappeared, and viewers instead saw a website full of advertisements.
We had no way of even knowing what had happened. It was just a surprise. One day typing “speakoutca.org” into a web browser took viewers to our website, the next day it took viewers to an ad site that someone else managed.
Some of us are more sophisticated and internet-savvy than most citizens so we were eventually able to track down some information. I’m not going into details here, except to say that no one at Speak Out California received any notice that this was going to happen. It took several days to even track down where the domain name (this is what internet addresses like speakoutca.org are called) had been registered, who had registered it, and contact info for the registrar. Then it took several more days to restore the domain name to us and get it working again.
Here’s the thing: the only way we were able to get this name back and get the site operating again is because some of us are much more internet-connected than most people. Most people would have no idea where to even start to look for information and help solving a problem like this.
This is certainly not an uncommon problem. My wife had a business named Dancing Woman Designs with a website at dancingwomandesigns.com, and then one day she didn’t. She received no notice, nothing. It was just there one day and gone the next and if she wanted it back it was going to cost her. It was going to cost her a lot. And so she doesn’t have dancingwomandesigns.com anymore and that address takes you to an ad site. A whole business that took years to get going and build is history now. It was wiped out in a minute because someone was able to get the web name.
A larger business is more likely to have the resources to hire the necessary experts to fight something like this. But it can be an expensive proposition and it can take time.
This is the difference between regulation and deregulation. Regulations protect regular people. Deregulation enables and protects scammers, schemers, and cons. The Internet is largely unregulated and is full of scammers, schemers and cons. Most of the businesses and organizations on the internet are good, honest, credible and legitimate but regular people are also left completely at the mercy of numerous cons, scams, schemes and rip-offs and the burden is on us to find a way to tell the difference.
We got Speak Out California back up and running. It only took us a week and a little money. But we are sophisticated, internet-savvy and connected — and lucky. Hmm … maybe some new legislation is warranted.
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