Just a quick update on my trials and tribulations with the recently purchased MacBook Pro. I picked it up from the Apple store on Monday night; they indicated that they saw no problems while it was there, so it must be something in my environment. They might not have looked too closely at the Crash Reporter because I see three crashes related to Spotlight that are time and date-stamped while the MBP was in the store. Regardless, the only two items in my environment that could have affected the unit are the Plantronics USB headset and my network. I’ve had nothing else ever connected to the unit.
Up until last night, I didn’t use the USB headset at all and I did see a firmware upgrade for my Linksys WRT54G, so I applied that on Monday afternoon. So far, so good; three days without incident and I even used the USB Headset on Skype last night to record the MobileTechRoundup podcast with Matt and James. Am I out of the woods yet? I doubt it, but as each crash-less day passes, I feel a little better. The first time the unit was repaired, it worked for about a week, so in a few days, I’ll gain a little more confidence. I still can’t understand why the Apple Hardware Test would show issues in a case like this (assuming it is/was something in my environment), but for now, I’m productive and happy. Here’s hoping "it just works" for a long time to come. Thanks to everyone for the many suggestions and comments along the way!
Update: I spoke too soon. Application crashes have started followed by the grey veil of death.