Ooooh, Fireworks!

I’m writing this post from my crappy work laptop because overnight a surge ran through the outlet where I have my Mac, printer, and external HD plugged in. All of them are fried, except I think there may be hope in getting my time machine backup from the external drive if the HD itself is in good working order inside the case.

I sat at my Mac this morning and it wouldn’t come on. I noticed it wasn’t charging and saw the surge light on the surge protector. So, I grabbed the power cord for the PowerBook and plugged it into a different outlet and that’s when the fireworks went off. Literally. The box on the cord started sparking and smoking at one end before I pulled the plug. While awesome to watch, I still had it in my hand, and didn’t feel like catching fire myself. I looked for other damage. The printer is toast, as the back of it is seared, and I got the external drive to whir for about a minute, so I am hopeful that it is just the cord and not the unit itself.

I have renter’s insurance and an additional computer package that covers equipment to replacement cost. I called the insurance company and filed a claim. After a few questions, quick fax of a receipt, and a phone call my bank/insurance company, USAA, is directly depositing quite a nice, large sum of money in 1 business day. Freaking sweet.

So what to get? An iMac, a MacBook Pro, a MacBook? My previous post regarding my Apple Dream hasn’t come true, and while I don’t ever want to use a mouse again, I fear that I’m about to get thrust into that. I am looking at the 20″ 2.66GHz iMac as my main option. I’ll probably also replace the external HDD, possibly with a time capsule, and then get a few other things with the remainder. I’ll probably wait until Friday as they may have a sale with a free iPod (one can be hopeful), or some other incentive.

For the first time ever, I am terrified about buying a new Mac. With a Mac Expo coming up in January, I don’t know if I should buy now. But, with a possible sweet deal on Friday, and their on-line refurbs, I can get into a machine pretty inexpensively.

I’m torn, but I hate this freaking Vaio so much that I may just jump.

Safari’s slow

Safari’s running slowly on my Mac.

A fix from the Apple support discussion pages:

Empty Safari’s cache (from the Safari menu), then close Safari.

Go to Home/Library/Safari and delete the following files:

form values
download.plist

Then go to Home/Library/Preferences and delete

com.apple.Safari.plist

Repair permissions.

Start up Safari again, and things should have improved.

Works perfectly.