The Day The Whining Ends
by Chuck Toporek
Well, the good folks over at the OSx86 Project have designated Saturday, May 20th The Day The Whining Ends, and I have to say, I'm totally onboard with this.
The plan, as you can imagine (if you haven't clicked one of the above links) is for everyone with a problematic MacBook Pro to call Apple's technical support specialists and inundate them with requests to fix the problems we're all finding in the MBP line.
However, I'd like to suggest taking this another step further. Rather than just calling Apple Care to complain and have them do nothing, get in their face. How, you ask? Well, if you have an Apple Store near you, take some time and drag your MBP down to the Genius Bar for a little fun. Rush the bar, sort of like last call on St. Patrick's Day, except instead of wanting the final pint of Guinness, tell the Apple Store Geniuses that you want your MBP fixed of whatever ails it. Personally, I'm a little tired of hearing MBP moo at me while editing. I'm also tired of the whining noises that occasionally come from it. And, if it wasn't for the fact that I had a vasectomy a few years ago (okay, I know, I'm over-sharing a bit there), I would also worry that certain parts of my body might bake, burn, and fall off.
So go on, set an iCal event for May 20th and tromp down to your local Apple Store to complain about whatever ails your MacBook Pro. I'm sure the one thing that Apple doesn't want is a long line of customers in the store complaining about their latest product line. Our request is simple: Fix our machines and we'll quietly go back to working (and hopefully we won't take part in a class action lawsuit, either).
And here I thought it was going to be a declaration that after Saturday, we would all agree to stop whinging about the insignificant little noises made by our MBPs.
As an ex-genii, I beg you take it easy on my brethren still on the line. While I personally have yet to see a MBP with the problems you recount, I imagine I would be just as testy as you are if I had purchased one. Still, please try to remember that the good people at the Apple Store can do nothing more for you than dutifully log your issue and send your unit off for repair. If they do that, call it even.
I read someone could detect some indication before the whining starts.
|well, if you're going to the genius bar at the apple store, make sure you make a reservation online...they've gone to an appointment-only system and the chances of fitting you in on a saturday are slim to none...|
|The only whining I see is the people whining about their sweet new computers. Give it up, people. My TiBook (G4) whines on occasion and that's NOTHING compared to what I have heard IBMs and Dell laptops deliver in terms of fan noise and performations. If you really don't like your whining laptop, I'll trade you my fully loaded 1GHz TiBook for it.|
|You don't _have_ to use the MBP on your lap just because it's called a laptop ;) Take the heat as a signal: when you can't touch the keypad it's time for an RSI-break, eye-rollin and neck stretching. Close the lid, have a walk. Also I'd have thought the MBP is cheaper and less painful than a vasectomy... not that I'm inviting you to comment on that, of course :)|
|Dweebert, I know what you mean about the roar from the TiBook fan. I don't remember it always being that bad; I've been assuming it had to do with age, maybe the fan needing lubrication.|