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OWC (a.k.a macsales.com) Poor Reliability - anyone else?
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How would your rate your experience of reliability with OWC / Newer Tech products over all?
Extremely Reliable (Sliced bread with awesome sauce on it)
25%
 25%  [ 7 ]
Reliable (You can count on it like death and taxes.)
29%
 29%  [ 8 ]
Average (Eh. Some good and bad, depending upon what you get.)
29%
 29%  [ 8 ]
Unreliable (Expensive hockey pucks and door stops.)
7%
 7%  [ 2 ]
Extremely Unreliable (I'd rather buy a used car from a guy in polyester.)
7%
 7%  [ 2 ]
Total Votes : 27

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Smithy...ez Reply with quote

Thank YOU! ez...

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That ends up being the best philosophy for life.

Still flogging the PPC, but when I upgraded it to 10.5 I just upgraded, rather than back up-format-install-restore user that I've always done. Now it runs very poorly, and there is my upgraded Core2Duo mini gathering dust...

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:40 pm    Post subject: Upgrade or Clean Install Reply with quote

Yah, my mini, I upgraded and I do 90%
of everything with it. My MB Air was
started clean and I only do photo stuff
with it. Its remarkable how stable and
how well upgrades go. I think its because
Apple doesn't have to write a dual OS
that runs both PPC and Intel App.'s.
Since its just Intel now it must be
much easier. I think Mac's stability after
upgrades proves this.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a partition with 10.5 on it, and never had all the problems that I have now, so I think something from 10.4 that I installed didn't carry over correctly. I've even checked with Activity Monitor and noting is out of the ordinary. Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:33 am    Post subject: OLD Intel mini Gathering Dust Reply with quote

Smithy, any reason why your hanging on to your
PPC? I can't remember the last time I fired up my
PPC iMac. It used to be for backup but now that I
have two current Mountain Lion Macs I don't really
NEED the PPC iMac. Its like watching paint dry when-
ever I use it so its really now only for a catastrophic
emergency.

I'm looking forward to the new Mac Pro. It looks like
you may be able to configure it as a (the) mid-level
desktop that so many of us have wanted for a long time.
I'm guessing, cheap out and its a mid-level and Max
it out for a Pro level Mac.

(BTW, my Core-2-Duo sits in pieces gathering dust as well.)
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stubbornness!

For all practical purposes 10.5 is it for my environment, unless someone wants to buy me a new PostScript laser printer.

While the G4 mini can be sluggish, I never had the issues that I have now, so it's either reinstall 10.5 on this mini which already has everything else installed, or set up the Intel C2D mini and start from the ground up(while importing my important user stuff).

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:30 pm    Post subject: Migration Postscript Reply with quote

You may want to slooooly start migrating what you can
to your Intel mini. I suspect some generic printer drivers
may work with your postscript printer on the Intel mini as
well. Have you started looking for those (I know, dumb
question) on Al Gores Interwebs?

Have you given some thought that your G4 mini's Logic Board may
be wearing out? My original Intel mini's LB did. Not tryin' to throw
any negative Gree Gree your way, but, just saiyn".......

Smithcraft wrote:
Stubbornness!

For all practical purposes 10.5 is it for my environment, unless someone wants to buy me a new PostScript laser printer.

While the G4 mini can be sluggish, I never had the issues that I have now, so it's either reinstall 10.5 on this mini which already has everything else installed, or set up the Intel C2D mini and start from the ground up(while importing my important user stuff).

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't even say such a thing! Evil or Very Mad

I'm pretty sure that 10.5 has drivers for my Apple LaserWriter. Mr. Green The problem is that if I go to 10.6, then I have to get a new printer, or set up a printer server. Hmmm, the G4 could be good for that... Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:39 am    Post subject: G4 Printer Server Reply with quote

I think you've hit on it......a G4 Printer Server.

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Don't even say such a thing! Evil or Very Mad
or set up a printer server. Hmmm, the G4 could be good for that... Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been happy with all of my purchases from OWC. My only complaint would be with some of their prices. I don't think they are quite as aggressive as someone like Newegg.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another problem I have with OWC is that the are either dishonest with the prices in their ads and on their site, or they are just incompetent.

As of right now, they are listing Intel SSDs starting at $94.99 at this page, but when you go to that link, the cheapest drive is $249.99. So, incompetent or dishonest?

I've seen this same incompetence/dishonesty with their ads at XLR8YOURMAC for years.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or they don't keep up with their web page well. Looks like they simply ran out of the mode at that price, I see nothing that seems dishonest such as a bait and switch and wouldn't go as far as incompetent. I have no idea the volume but i can imagine things being rather in flux if they have a run on there goods.

Interesting how a company that has been so professional to some can be so polarizing due to bad experiences of others. I've had to RMA a few things from them over the years and they always followed through very professionally.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then how do they run ads months on end with products at a price point that don't exist?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No idea, but not through dishonesty or incompetence. The item obviously existed before and no longer exists.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then why continue to run the ad? To either get people to go to their site, or to get people to go to their site.

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