WARNING: NERD CONTENT
Okay I got my old computer back although they replaced so many parts it’s practically a new computer. They didn’t replace the hard drive though, and everything was right where I left it. SWEET.
One thing they did take out was the 16 gigs of OWC RAM I installed a few years back. The MacBook Pro supports 16 gbs of memory but it isn’t Apple approved, so I got 8 gbs of brand new memory. Interestingly, since getting the machine back, the fan has been silent (knock wood). This is great because it used to start wailing like a chain saw on as soon as I turned on the machine, and if I sat with it on my lap I had a rash from the heated body of the computer wherever it touched me. This is a common complaint about recent MBPs—some say the thermal paste used to insulate the components wasn’t applied properly, blah blah. There are a lot of conspiracy theories about this particular make of Mac. I can’t say any of my experiences disproved those theories—however, you never hear from people whose machines are working just fine, either.
Anyway I wonder if the overheating was due to all the extra RAM? I may never know. I got my OWC RAM back but I doubt I’ll put it back in. I’ll see if I can struggle along with 8 gigs.
I never had a laptop go kerflooie two years in before, although I use this one a lot more than previous laptops. Although it was not up to modern tasks, my 12″ Powerbook (still one of the cutest computers ever) chugged along bravely—despite being dropped many times, including three years in a row at San Diego—and the silver-plated keyboard is perhaps the nicest feeling keyboard of any Mac I have used. Other Apple conspiracy theorists say that since Jobs died, Apple products are meant to fail a few years in. I hope that isn’t true, because I will never ever go PC.
So yeah, that happened. I came out way ahead because of all the support from you, my readers, and I will never ever forget that. In my worry wort way I keep thinking something horrible is going to happen. I’ll be busy backing stuff up and clouding it and so on for the next few days, but yeah, we’re here to stay!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.