I've been a premium Mac laptop buyer since the original Powerbook came out in 199x but this is just the suck. I don't need a new laptop anytime soon anyway though, mine is only 2 or 3 years old. Maybe they'll "think different" about the new lossage for the next rev.
This is kind of a welcome wake-up call, really. While I love the Mac, the OS is getting increasingly annoying, the UI makeovers just frustrating, and frankly I use almost no commercial software running on the Mac itself– I have MS Office for former-work stuff, ditto OmniGraffle and VMWare. I don't do sophisticated photo editing, so I don't have the Adobe tools. Ah. But wait. I know what's keeping me hostage– iTunes. There's 15 years of incompatible format non-exportable music and playlists that can't run on Linux. Thousands of dollars worth of music that there's no easy way to export, catalog, and replace. Crap. Have been buying music off Amazon lately, but it's a tiny sliver of my collection.
What to do, what to do. Nothing for the moment, but this needs thinking on for sure. I don't use iPhones or iPads, I have Android devices, so the whole Apple ecosystem is pretty useless to me other than the music.
The new toaster oven worked flawlessly, and my new small cookie sheets that fit in it were awesome– heavy aluminum that cools down enough for the next batch of cookies to go in by the time the current batch is done.