There's no point. That's almost the cost of a new computer. I will simply have to buy a new iBook. I didn't lose any data (you can still access the hard disk from another computer over Firewire), but it's pretty dis-spiriting. I'm an Apple loyalist, there's really no way I'm going to switch to PCs or anything. But I've had so much trouble with these white iBooks, trouble I never had with the clamshell model that preceded them (so sturdily built!), and they're still really the only game in town if you want an Apple notebook. (The brushed silver PowerBooks feel nasty to me, they give me static shocks, they're too expensive, their WiFi capability isn't as good as the plastic models because they're metal, they're heavier...) I can't even get excited about having the opportunity to buy a new machine. How do I know the same thing won't happen again? Why aren't there better choices? (At least I know to pay for an extended warranty this time.)
The irony is that it looks like I'm about to start writing a weekly column for a California-based tech and culture magazine. My editor there is a "high priest of Macintosh" who's published a book called "Cult of the Mac". I've spent the week writing three test columns... on Hisae's iBook. Can I still claim to be an initiate in "the cult of Mac"? Well, yes. I set up Quick User Switching on Hisae's little machine, and every time I see the whole desktop swishing round, a rotating cube, from my environment to hers, from English-language to Japanese, I get a little rush of joy. Apple, you bastards, you walk all over me, you hurt me, you rob me blind. But I still love you. I guess it really is a cult. You can never leave.