Posts Tagged ‘MacBook Pro’

Accessory shopping and getting back to normal

September 23, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Sept. 23, 2015

Just a few notes on my new laptop.

Data from the old laptop has been moved onto the new laptop; that went pretty smoothly. I also purchased an extended warranty and a protective case without incident.

Well, the extended warranty was acquired without incident, at least. I’m still a little bemused by the lengths I had to go to to get the case.

For some reasons, stores (online and otherwise) are overflowing with laptop sleeves; the same is true of coverings and cases for tablets. But a sleeve, at least to the best of my knowledge, won’t protect a computer unless it’s inserted into the sleeve, in which case the machine can’t be used. So I wanted a shell.

When I returned to the Apple Store in Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley Mall last week, I asked about laptop shells and was directed to the establishment’s back right corner. There I found, yes, a seemingly endless selection of sleeves and iPad cases. But there were only two or three different shells for sale.

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My epic shell quest (part 1 of — dear lord, I hope this is the only part!)

September 16, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Sept. 17, 2015

I’m back online!

That is, I’ve got a working computer. I was online without one, thanks to my iPhone and my friends’ computer, which I borrowed over the weekend. But the refurbished MacBook Pro with retina display that I ordered on Saturday arrived Tuesday morning, meaning that I can once again type on my own machine.

Things are not yet back to normal, however. I have three important things to do with my new laptop:

Transfer backed-up data from my old laptop to the new machine. I expect to get this done Tuesday evening (after I complete this post but before it is, er, posted).

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A note to readers

September 10, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Sept. 10, 2015

Well, it’s happened. My six-year-old MacBook Pro gave up the ghost, and this time it’s for good. That’s mainly because I will not pay anything to get the computer fixed, and I won’t even bother to bring it into the Apple Store to see what’s wrong. 

I had a blog post about the film Memento nearly finished when the machine started going haywire. It took me a while to realize that there was a serious malfunction going on, as opposed to a small difficulty connecting with the local wireless network. I now believe that the hard drive is shot. 

Today, I connected my Internet router to my circa-2005 iMac with an Ethernet cable and tried to log onto WordPress. I couldn’t do so because the keyboard’s A key does not work.

The upshot is that I’m going to select and order a new laptop computer this weekend. Hopefully, I will have it in hand by Wednesday or so next week. Until then, the blog will be either dark or featuring only short posts. 

Not a perfect 10, but not bad, either: Initial hands-on impressions of Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

May 7, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
May 7, 2015

Earlier this week, I thought aloud about buying a new Apple laptop computer. A lot of the comparisons I made were with my current machine, a 13-inch MacBook Pro that I purchased as a new model in August 2009.

Now, I’m going to replace this computer at one point or another. It’s too old, it’s no longer particularly powerful and it’s too prone to failure.

But I’m actually glad that I didn’t replace my MacBook in April, when it needed a new hard drive — and not just because I’m still not sure what machine I’d want to purchase.

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Comparing Apple laptops, part 2

May 6, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
May 6, 2015

Author’s note: In my previous post, I considered the pros and cons of three different Apple laptop computer models: the MacBook (no modifiers), the MacBook Pro (full stop) and the MacBook Pro with high-resolution Retina display — or as I like to call them, the MB, MBP/fs and the MBP/r. Today, I consider Apple’s other laptop, the MacBook Air. MEM 

Like the MBP/r, the MBA comes in two sizes. I feel that the 11-inch MacBook Air is a bit too small for my taste, so that leaves the 13-incher.

The 13-inch Air has a 1,440 by 900 pixel screen. Apple doesn’t call it a Retina display, but I thought it was a bit sharper than the screen on my 2009 MacBook Pro when I examined a model on a recent visit to an Apple Store. The onboard memory starts at 4 GB, which is what I have now; the battery is rated for up to 12 hours between charges, which is far, far better than my current computer’s endurance. The Air has two USB 3 ports, which would be faster than the older USB 2 ports my current model has, and a Thunderbolt port, which my 2009 model lacks. On all of these points except memory, the Air is ahead of what I now have.

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Laptops, laptops in the store. Which one is the best replacement for my laptop from before?

May 5, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
May 5, 2015

Last month, I paid about $150 last month to replace my laptop computer’s hard drive. As I wrote the other day, repairing the machine was cheaper than replacing it, which would almost certainly have cost upwards of $1,000, factoring in the kind of computer I’d like as well as the cost of taxes and a warranty. (I’m not sure it’s worth purchasing coverage for a desktop computer, but I definitely recommend it for any laptop that’s going to be traveling farther than the distance from your couch to your desk.)

The case for repair vs. replace wasn’t quite as clear-cut as that, however. My 13-inch MacBook Pro is relatively old, in computer terms. I got it in August 2009; while it was pretty much a top-of-the-line computer at the time, that’s no longer the case. Any new machine will almost certainly be both faster and less prone to breaking down (at least in the short term).

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Several screws loose (or altogether missing): Recapping my latest laptop misadventure

May 2, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
May 2, 2015

I almost forgot to write about my laptop meltdown. No, not that one — I’m talking about the latest one.

It happened a month ago, on a Tuesday or Wednesday night. I was just sitting down at a coffee shop when my MacBook Pro started acting screwy. Then it stopped working. Multiple attempts to restart the machine failed to get things loading properly.

I scheduled an appointment at the nearest Apple Store for the morning of Saturday, April 4. When I went in, I was told that the hardware was mostly* in order, but I appeared to have experienced a failure of my hard drive and/or the cable that connects it to the rest of the computer.

As it happened, of course, the hard drive had been replaced a few years ago, and a new connecting cable had just been installed in November. But when I raised these points with the Apple Genius, I was told that these parts and repairs were only covered by 90-day warranties. Therefore, the coverage had expired.

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Back online: Minor laptop repairs completed!

November 17, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Nov. 17, 2014

My computer’s back!

I purchased my 13-inch MacBook Pro in August 2009, and it’s been through a lot. It’s on its second optical drive and its second hard drive. There’s a dent on the right side of the case from when I dropped the computer once. (Fortunately, it was cradled by a protective case, else the damage might have been catastrophic.) There’s also a subtle crease on the machine’s bottom that I hadn’t even noticed until a few days ago, although this mark was presumably sustained weeks or months ago.

So when my laptop started acting up on my recent Las Vegas trip, I naturally assumed that it would never run again.

But I wasn’t eager to pony up money for a replacement, and I certainly couldn’t lay out any dough without getting a diagnosis for my ailing computer. It seemed pretty clear, based on a comparison of the symptoms that I was seeing to what I’d experienced after a computer mishap a few summers previously, that my hard drive was shot. I believed repairs would cost $200 or more, which probably wasn’t worth it — but again, I had to see.

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The blog post that should have been: My digital sob story

November 12, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Nov. 12, 2014

I woke up very early Sunday morning and, because I realized I wasn’t going to fall back asleep, went to the Starbucks in the hotel where I’m staying in Las Vegas. (The structure actually has three separate Starbucks branches — that I know of — that can be patronized without setting foot out of doors.)

After fruitlessly struggling for a while to connect with any of the nearby wireless networks, I gave up and decided to do something that I hadn’t tried since sometime in 2013: Draft a blog post on my computer.

An hour or so later, I had all but finished a post, but my computer was running out of power. I wandered over to a nearby hotel (again, without seeing the actual sky — although there were artificial ones) and settled down at a spot in the lobby where I could plug in my MacBook Pro, a 13-incher that I acquired in August 2009.

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Too many tabs, man. Too many tabs.

December 5, 2012

Many years ago, I worked at an institution of higher learning that I usually refer to, with my trademark snark — not to mention my stale wit — as PU. A guy in my office was also named Matt; he had some kind of information technology job, the exact nature of which escapes me.

Anyway, one day Matt stopped at my desk for some reason and noticed the bar at the bottom of my screen. My computer was running some more or less current (at the time) version of the Windows operating system.

Windows then did (and continued, I believe, up until the version released this year) to display a number of rectangles in that bottom-line status bar. Each rectangle represented either a program that the computer was running or an individual window of a program that was running. If more than a few programs were running, a program would get just one box.

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