So it looks like the MacBook Pro has been broken by the new operating system. This morning I got it working by rebooting four times, but I am now officially out of patience. If I’m still conscious by the time I escape the cardiologist this afternoon, it’s off to Costco to peruse their PC offerings.
It still works on and off — about as much off as on. Just now I’m scribbling this on the MacBook, but it remains to be seen whether I’ll get through an entire post and get it online. The connection is up and down, up and down…any time I come back to the machine and turn it on, I’ll not know whether it’s still connected to the Internet or not. And it’s not a Cox issue: the iMac is always online.
One could say this is a wireless connectivity issue. Yes. One could say that. But… It was fine before El Capitan was installed — all of this bullshit began after the OS update.
I figure I’ll give up, get Office in the goddamn Cloud, much as I don’t want to, and that will give me Outlook. Then I’ll have MacMail forward everything to Outlook. I’ll have to put a notice in my “signature” lines giving people the new email address. It’ll probably take a year or so to get everyone weaned over to Outlook.
God. The hassle factor is just DAUNTING.
On the other hand, the MacRidiculous factor is pretty daunting, too.
These two computers are less than six years old, and I’m told they’re both out of date and need to be replaced with new $2,000 to $3,000 units. THAT is MacRidiculous. For a third of that, I can buy a very nice PC, one that will run all of the features — including the long-lost keyboard shortcuts — of Word and Excel.
One of many problems is the take-it-from-mediocre-to-worse policy that seems to be symptomatic of Apple in the post-Jobs era.
For example, the company’s prior photo editor, iPhoto, left something to be desired. It fell far short of the Windows photo editing software that came with an old Kodak digital camera I had.
But of course, when I switched from the PC to the Mac, the damn thing wouldn’t run the Kodak software, so I was stuck with iPhoto.
The new software, Photos, makes iPhoto look good. It probably does do a few things a little better than iPhoto, but so far I haven’t seen any improvement. And whereas iPhoto would let you export an image where YOU wanted it, this new piece of junk will not. To get an image where you want it, first you have to rename it. Then you have to copy it to the desktop. Then you have to get into Finder and drag it to the folder within the folder on DropBox where you wish to keep it.
DropBox automatically imports all the images on your camera to a folder there, a bit of arrogance I could do without. What you then end up with is 87 gerjillion images with titles like “P12345678910.jpg” — and good luck to you trying to find the image you want.
Every image that I use for Funny is saved to DB in a folder organized into sub-folders by subject matter. This is because when you move a blog from one server to another, you’re likely to lose images. BigScoots, for example, has kindly deleted image after image after image in older posts. Sometimes you want one of those images, and of course, if your server guys have erased it, you can’t find it in WP’s “Media,” creating yet another computer hassle.
So what that means is when I download images from my camera to use on Funny about Money, I need to be able to save some of those images to, say, DropBox > Blog images > Corgis. OS X 10’s “Photos” program seems to be designed to make that as hard as possible.
It looks a bit like Windows has screwed up the capacity for editing and managing photos in exactly the same way. From what I can tell, Windows 10’s photo app works almost the same as Mac’s Photos. And apparently it’s unloved by Microsoft users for just about the same reasons… Probably I’ll have to try to find some other software.
This is so annoying. Really. Why take a piece of equipment that “just works” and change it into something that “just doesn’t work”?