OK, quick story about my PowerBook. I just want to get this off my chest. My free Tiger-night PowerBook has been completely AWESOME. I love it. It's $2000 of computing power for free. It hasn't let me down. EVER. Until last week(ish)... *insert horror movie music here* It froze!! No biggie, I did a force-shut down, and restarted it. When I tried to restart it, I got to the Grey Apple screen. Grey spinning pinwheel. Fifteen minutes of not starting. Of course, I immediately called Apple Care, and **guess what!** They aren't open at 11 at night, hahaha. *cue freaking out* I booted from CD. It took an hour to finally get it booted up again. I ran the Hardware test, and it said it was all good. Then, 4 days later, my PowerBook slows down to molasses. FREAKING MOLASSES! So, I restart, in case some of the widgets accidentally were eating memory, yada yada yada, you know how it goes. then AYE! It does the grey spinny apple screen again. *cue freaking out* "Hey, applecare STILL isn't open at 11 at night..." I tried to start it from the Hardware test, like I did last time, and I couldn't! So I got the fun task of doing an archive and install of 10.3 (Tiger was a drop-in CPU thingy disk). I get everything to an external HD (just in time, methinks!) overnight (30 gigs takes FOREVER, even over FW!) And I head to the Apple store today to: #1 Bug the genius bar about why my PowerBook hates me. and #2 Sweet, sweet garageband presentation from Francis Preve. <-- WAS AWESOME! I ask Aaron (My most favorite genius in the world), he boots from FW HD and GUESS WHAT! I actually DO have a failing HD, I wasn't going mad. Even though my HD is failing, and I'll be without my PowerBook for a few days, I still have love for Apple. I know that bad HDs happen. It's a fact of life. But I love that I didn't have to hang on the phone with Apple for 3 hours to diagnose it, that I could just walk on into the Apple store and have someone do it in person for me. Doing that at Best Buy/Circuit City/Compusa would cost $50 and 6 weeks, JUST for a diagnosis. At Apple store, it was free, took two minutes (ignore the half hour-wait for the genius bar.. I entertained myself on a dual 2.7 with the 30 inch display. DROOL.), and they got it done, and waiting for the new HD (which they get to order on monday. ). I have LOVE for Apple. They rock. Such good service. Much love. And at the Garageband thing, I got a free book! Powertools for Garageband, by Francis Preve. Got it autographed, too. Sorry, I just wanted to post my love for Apple. There are threads all the time " I'm done with Apple! My logic board was busted!" when it's not purposefully bad, it's just an accident of manufacturing. If there was a bad part, and the company told you that you were SOL, that would be something to yell about, but Apple stands by their products. $367.81 of repairs for FREE. (warranties ROCK!!) OK, sorry. I'll stop my Apple-worship now. Hehe.