Two weeks ago my MacBook Pro began to have video display problems. After diminishing returns using the “jiggling fix” (like an old rabbit ears antenna for the TV), I resigned to repair and took my MBP to the nearest Apple Store. The Genius ran a few tests, made some notes, and replied, “Mr. Story, I need to take your Mac into the shop.”
Oh no! Since my Aperture Library is on an external hard drive, my data was OK, but my backup computer is a 17″ PowerBook 1.5 GHz with 2 GBs of RAM. I knew this wasn’t going to be fun.
As it turned out, my MBP was in the shop for two weeks waiting for parts. They replaced the entire LCD and hinge assembly. It works great now, and all charges were covered by Apple.
But I also discovered that I could not bear to use Aperture on the PowerBook. It just isn’t a good user experience. On my MBP, Aperture operates at the speed I work. I’m allowed to become immersed in the photos without thinking about the computer, or even the application. Being forced to use the PowerBook made me constantly think about the computer.
It was an interesting exercise. Like having your DSL go down and be forced to use dial-up networking. Aperture is absolutely amazing… on the right computer. I’m *really* happy to have my MBP back.