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Melancholy about my new iMac

August 2009, Ireland —

I used Macintosh from 1993 until 1999, and "Wintel" from 2000 to 2009. I bought an iMac in spring of 2009.

I have still not been able to figure out how to open an HTML page source in editable mode. This is frustrating to me, and it makes me a little bit sad.

Every few weeks, I try to figure out how to do this or some other function that seems to me should be easy. After all, this is an iMac -- an internet Macintosh.

This problem is, I think, emblematic of the melancholy that I experience when I remember how happy I thought I was going to be when I finally decided to switch back from Windows machines to Apple. I have not experienced any of the joy that I had anticipated. Between the capabilities that I just cannot find; the frequent hangs and freezes; various harmful and/or scary glitches; the goofy form-over-function keyboard and mouse....

I expected better, yes; and I paid a lot of money in expectation of that improvement. And, really, I kind of expected that an insanely-better functionality was going to help me to bring in a new phase of creativity and productivity. Maybe that expectation was unrealistic... but, in a sense, I feel like I will never know, because that greater functionality is just not here in front of me.

My inability to open one of my html files into a text-editor without a 7-step process may not be reason for melancholy. But it does — it makes me a bit sad.