MacJournal gets all kinds of raves from the various software reviewing sites, but I have to wonder why.
The raves were enough to get me to overlook the very "web 1.0" style of Mariner Software's website. The MobileMe sync feature was enough to get me to pony up $34.95 instead of going for Journler, which is cheaper now and has a very nice feature set itself. I wanted this app to serve as my new business journaling software. The sync ability is important to me because I often do my best thinking at home, away from the daily hubbub at the office.
Once installed, MacJournal worked fine.
But then I tried to sync it across two computers. Every time the MobileMe sync ran, it wanted to delete several entries.
It doesn't take a "genius" to know that there is something seriously wrong with my MacBook Pro. When you can't hold a wi-fi connection and get the gray screen of death two or more times a day, you pretty much have a worthless piece of junk taking up space.
I took it into the Apple Store on Twenty-Ninth Street and was greeted by a guy dressed more for playing ultimate frisbee than for working pretty much any kind of retail. I told him about the problems I was having and he snorted -- this was a familiar problem, apparently.
He walks me up to a computer "to make an appointment." Apparently nowadays you cannot have a problem with your Mac unless you have an appointment. Those of us with unscheduled failures can just twist in the wind.
After having to type in my contact information, he navigates to a screen and says, "You can have an appointment tomorrow."
"I need an appointment to have a problem taken care of?" I asked.
Okay, so the Palm 700P was quite possibly the worst technology purchase I ever made. It's slow. It freezes up on me at unpredicable times. Its touchscreen goes to sleep when you need it. Its keypad buttons are made for 9-year-olds.