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Prodigal Mac: Apple Sure Doesn't Make Life Easy

All that good advice down the hopper By Kevin Schmitt
A few weeks back I wrote an installment of Prodigal Mac called "Excuse Me While I Pull My Hair Out." I'm sure many of you, as I did, took the time to print out and frame that fine work of prose, so I'm betting everyone is extremely familiar with it. However, as a service to you, the reading public, I will summarize that column in one sentence or less:

I hadn't bought a Mac since 1997 and I couldn't figure out which one would be best for me, so I begged you all for help.


There. Now we're all caught up. I received a decent amount of mail from you about that column, all of which can pretty much be boiled down to one of three responses:

1) Definitely get a (insert Mac model here), because I am a (insert occupation here) and it's been great for me in what I do.
2) Get what's best for you at the moment you need it, then forget about it. Regardless of how soon new models are introduced, it's only a matter of time before what you got is considered a dinosaur anyway, so try to rest easy in the knowledge that you got what was best at the time.
3) You're an idiot. Life must be so awful for you that this is what you have to worry about.

Seeing as I am weak and emotionally fragile, I feel very fortunate that I got more messages in the first two categories than the third one. Anyway, armed with all the advice and good intentions of you, the reader, I threw caution to the wind and confidently strolled into my friendly neighborhood Apple store Oct. 15, strolling out a couple hours later with a 400 MHz TiBook. After weighing all the options, mobility was just too important to ignore, and I needed a G4, hence the Ti.

Sure, I was excited.

I've always itched for a Mac portable, and barring a week-long experiment I had with a Duo back in 1994, I never had sufficient reason to scratch the itch. But something wasn't right here. I didn't have that new gadget rush (you know, the one that makes you want to tear into whatever toy you just got the nanosecond you exit the store) like I usually get. This time was different. Maybe it was all the rumors swirling around about an imminent TiBook feature bump; maybe it was the fact that I sacrificed some power for portability; or maybe it was the unshakable feeling that I had just taken a big gamble. But something was definitely amiss.


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