Have you ever felt like a Macintosh Jesus?
"A Macintosh Jesus?" You ask. "What the heck is a Macintosh Jesus?"
I'll be perfectly frank, I have no idea what a Macintosh Jesus is, but I do know what a Macintosh is and I do know who Jesus was. The Macintosh is a line of computers made by Apple Computer. Jesus was, according to Christian faith, the son of God. Jesus also built a nasty reputation for being able to raise the dead and he didn't win any popularity contests for this bizarro feat. On the contrary, people of the day thought him to be something of a freak.
Anyway, back to the topic of this discussion... The ability to raise a Macintosh from the dead. This is an ability I've come to recognize that I possess in some other worldly capacity.
I bought used Beige G3 and a PowerMac 9500. The Beige G3 was said to have been problematic and unable to boot an OS. I brought the machine home and it has worked like a champ since day one. The 9500, on the other hand, was fully functional when I received it, but died after I had performed some exploratory surgery on it. Much to my delight, the next time I laid my hands on the tall cool one, it booted like it had been reborn.
This brings me to my most recent Macintosh acquisition: An old Bondi Blue iMac. The iMac was purchased to a friend for $20 with a non-functioning CDROM drive, and no keyboard or mouse. We brought the machine to my home and plugged it in. Sure enough, the iMac did boot and the CDROM drive did not work.
The friend that had bought iMac, later brought over a keyboard and mouse for the machine. We booted it up, played with it, and the CDROM still wouldn't work. My friend was going to return it to where he had purchased it for a store credit. I said, "Hey senor PC user, I will take that iMac off your hands for cash." He accepted.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I placed a CD in the drive one day just for the hell of it, and the CDROM drive has worked fine since that day. I am unable to determine precisely when the iMac healed itself, but it appears to have occurred either the moment I retained owenership of the machine, or shortly thereafter.
There's the 3Com LinkSwitch 1000 that I bought too. It would not work at all. The status LEDS would not light up, it would not establish a link with connected ethernet devices, and it appeared to do nothing more than whir its little fans and blow a lot of hot air. Anyway, one day I plugged it in and it worked like a champ. It continues to work like a champ to this very day.
Perhaps the broken computer fairies visit my home in the wee hours and repair my equipment while I'm sleeping... Perhaps I'm just a whimsical soul that is at one with whimsical electronic equipment. Perhaps, I am a Macintosh Jesus.