Another day, Another Wee MacIssue

Sigh. Shutting things down as normal last night, and the machine hung. The little disk spun and spun on the screen and nothing happened. Kill it at the switch.

This morning, the system seems to operate normally except that the desktop image only appears behind the menu bar at the top of the screen (and also just before shutdown) while the entire real estate of the desktop otherwise is a glaring unpleasing white.

I haven’t a clue how to go about problem solving on this machine and OS yet. And worse, because the Western Digital My Book Studio 750GB hard drive is not playing nice (hear that, potential buyers?) I have no Time Machine backup of what was once a pristine system.

Meanwhile, my productivity chart for the past week looks like the Dow Jones. I had intended this morning to begin the search in the image archives for a possible book cover (no, there isn’t actually a book yet, only drafty parts). I’ll let you know if I come up with something and probably as always ask for your votes.

Sorry to be a whiner, and thanks so much to the Mac crowd that has been kind to offer encouragement, links, and ideas. Keep’em coming!

Yesterday I discovered the beauty of Spaces and that has helped my productivity considerably. I think back of how many blind alleys and stumbles it took me to become proficient with the PC, and by comparison, I’ve raced through years of learning on the Mac in the less than one week I’ve had it.

Doesn’t mean I can’t still crash from time to time. Gonna see if my buddy Doug can make this HD work on his machine (and if not, send it back under warranty) and get my machine Time Machined ASAP and that will soothe a lot of worries.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. My new iMac less than one week old, froze the other day too. I had to cut the switch to turn it off. I’m very discouraged about that. Brand new computer and it’s locking up already. And I’ve used almost no memory, download only 2 programs. I was on the net, watching a streaming video. Very discouraging considering the investment involved.

  2. In regard to the hanging issue, you might want to pull up the system logs with Applications->Utilities->Console and see if there is anything reported around the time the hang occurred.

    Of course, if you’re like me, it probably won’t be very useful on its own, but then you can google some of the phrases and you’ll probably find other people who had the same issue (or ask about it on the forums).