I have been a Mac convert for over 4 years and bit-by-byte Apple have snuck their way into my home, office and pocket. I’ve always loved the fact that Apple have managed to marry function and form in away that makes me oblivious to spending money with them. Unfortunately, as I buy more Apple a nasty trend is emerging: their stuff breaks… a lot. I have been willing to ignore this trend because secretly, I want an excuse to buy the latest and greatest, but now it’s starting to bug me. Five minutes ago my “Mighty Mouse” scroll wheel broke. This is the third time this has happened and last Apple mouse I’ll buy. I just dug out a very old Microsoft mouse (one of the first with a scroll wheel) and it still works! (Though it is not wireless and cheapens the look of my desk). Last week, My partner in crime, Dave, was having problems with the Mac Book Air and has switched back to the Mac Book pro. And during JavaOne my iPhone crapped out and I had to replace it. That’s all in the space of just over a month. As much as I like Apple products, they are far from perfect, and these are the sorts of incidents that make me look elsewhere for my next gadget fix.