Last night, I rekindled my eternal hatred for the Windows operating system and Dell hardware. Now, I know I have a Dell, and I know that Dell machines run Windows, but here’s the thing: the Dell I currently own is a temporary fix for a lack of computing power in my home machine. The machine itself ran me around $1,000, it’s tiny, it can be easily converted to a DVR when I upgrade past it, it’s a little underpowered in the graphics processing arena, but for now, it works for the most part.
The catalyst for my rage came last night when I was trying to sync my iPhone with the Dell after about two years of being synced with my aging G5 iMac. I figured it was time to make the switch, back everything up on my current daily-driver rather than the living room media iMac. I went about everything the right way: backup the phone on the iMac, document the apps that I had on the phone so I could replace them after the wipe, etc.
Queue Windows and it’s inability to do simple tasks like read hardware that’s plugged into the machine…
I found out early on that there was some sort of issue with plugging my phone in while iTunes was running, so I decided to figure out why that was happening. Turns out my iPhone wasn’t able to be recognized by the system as an iPhone, but instead, it was an Unknown Device. I thought, no big deal, I’ll try another port… no dice. Again and again I tried a new port until I tried all six on the box itself and the two attached to the screen. The last port I tried (the one that worked, obviously) was one on my USB hub – attached to one of the ports that didn’t work.
Whatever, ended up getting it connected and rebuilt (feels strange saying I rebuilt a phone). For some odd reason, my Dell won’t rip Siamese Dream past Soma, but the CD was skipping on the last track anyway; I just downloaded a new copy from iTunes.
tl;dr I can’t wait until I get a new Mac, and the new Mac Minis are looking pretty promising :).
If by chance or circumstance we should fail, don’t be too sad.