For some time now, the laptop has been in the habit of shutting itself off without warning when the battery gets low. The meter will say it still has 20 or 30 minutes, and then ZAP: blackness. Various support technicians have assured me that this is normal behavior with Intel processors (!) and/or that they might ship me a replacement battery if I’ll please jump through these sixteen hoops, since it’s out of warranty. So far I haven’t had time to jump through the hoops, which involve things like running down the battery and letting it sit for six hours.
If I’m running MAMP when the battery shuts down, bad things occur. Tonight, the database for Sekrit Projekt #2 got fried. What’s worse, Time Machine doesn’t show any backups more recent than April 20, even though the laptop’s been plugged in to the drive for days at a time since then. Worse still, restoring config files and reinstalling MAMP hasn’t worked this time; all sites relying on MySQL dbs are now claiming that they can’t establish connections.
Apple’s stuff normally works so well. Right now I want to kick a puppy. Probably wiser to just call it a night, especially since we don’t have a dog.