Apple Hardware Good, Apple Cords Bad and the My Cursor is On Acid Glitch
I had to replace my modem this week, which should have been a fairly straightforward plug and play swap out.
It almost was too, unfortunately my modem’s power supply shares the same power strip as my iMac. ‘So what?’, ‘Why would that matter?, you ask. Because even though Apple makes great hardware (at least up to 2015) they suck at making cords and adapters.
My first experience with Apple was a 2007 iMac, it was great machine, except for the power cord which would emit a huge spark and pop anytime it was unplugged. I’d never seen anything like this with any other electrical appliance I’ve owned, but it happened each and every time the iMac had to be unplugged. Now, thankfully, this wasn’t an everyday occurrence and even though it was worrisome, nothing bad actually happened.
The 2013 iMac iteration didn’t fair much better because the cord doesn’t want to stay plugged in! The slightest touch will cause it to pop out of the socket. Of course when the last time I touched it was 2 years ago, I’d forgotten this lovely attribute of the Apple Power Cord, and once I’d gotten the modem all plugged in, I looked up to see a black computer screen.
Since hitting the restart button didn’t’ do anything, it wasn’t too hard to work out what happened, crawl back under the desk, and with the precision of a heart surgeon, carefully insert the plug into the power strip with just the right amount of pressure so it would stay put.
Ah, no problem, now it’s just a restart and everything will be back to normal, right?
Because Apple sucks at making cords of any kind.
You see in moving my iMac so I could get behind it to plug the ethernet cable in, I unwittingly jarred my VGA adapter cable that goes to the TV.
So instead when I rebooted the computer after the power failure it looked as if everything was working fine EXCEPT the mouse cursor would jitter and shake like a Floridian crack addict. I panicked, thinking that the sudden power outage due to the shoddy Apple power cord had blow a circuit board or something.
After 15 minutes of sheer terror, booting a rebooting the computer, digging up an old wired mouse, which still had the same shimmy, shake cursor, and ending in a Googling frenzy. I noticed, hey, the external screen is black, went back behind the computer and sure enough the crap Apple adaptor had come loose. Granted I should have picked up on this right away, but still.
I have no idea why it being loose would have the knock on effect of making my Mouse behave as if it had just dosed at a circa 2000 rave, but that’s what seems to happen if the adaptor is loose. So if you’re in the middle of your own personal Google frenzy, and have an Apple VGA adaptor, just push the connection back together and chances are you’ll be good to go.