What the HELL? (update from previous post)
Thursday June 21st 2012, 2:28 pm
Filed under: Hardware & Gadgets, Technology

Ok… so on Sunday, 17 June 2012, I wrote submitted a comment to Apple regarding their newest laptop not being upgradable. Later that night (YES, THAT NIGHT), the power chord plug-in (DC port) to my laptop FAILED and the small on-plug indicator light was not LED-ing. I could not get the “it’s plugged in” indicator to change with all the twisting and turning of the AC adapter. I even tried my spare power cord.

I was saddened. It did not occur to me at that time that this potentially happened because my old *but very trusty and reliable* G4 Powebook not only detected the POTENTIAL for being replaced, but also retaliated. “Oh, so you are thinking of replacing ME, huh? Well farkle you too!”

Of course, dear PB G4, I am not intending on purchasing a new laptop “right now”. I even had mentioned to the Apple product feedback line folks that you are still reliable and fairly strong — (although some things are starting to not work – and are no longer upgradable, which I believe I said makes me sad.)

Either way — we spent $80 and revived you, once again.

FYI — When we do eventually purchase your predecessor — you will be utilized regularly when we convert our kegerator to a kegbot [www.kegbot.org].

Hang tough, PB G4. You are NOT going to be dismantled and left in a closet.

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This. Is Really Very Sad.
Sunday June 17th 2012, 11:19 am
Filed under: COMPLAINTS!, Technology

It was recently brought to my attention that the newest Apple laptops are extremely [NON-UPGRADABLE]. This is one of (many) articles available online, so I am not going to get into re-wording everything they have said — especially since I have not used / or disassembled one myself.

The Retina MacBook is the least repairable laptop we’ve ever taken apart.

I was PLANNING to purchase a new MacBook Pro — very soon. BUT then I read all this smack about how crappy it is because they are essentially not an upgradable product. I took it upon myself to go to the
Apple website, vent my frustration, and possibly even let a few expletives fly… I’m not sure now. BUT, I did copy my [comment form] letter to the clipboard before submitting it to them, and I am sharing that with you today.

-[ GENERAL FEEDBACK ]- regarding the “new” Retina MacBook Pro – WHICH, in concept — disappoints me.

I have been familiar with APPLE since 1984, and personally used Apple products since 1994 (longer if you want to count the Apple computers I used during junior high and high school in the mid-to-late 80s). I purchased a used TiBook in 2004, and when the Ai Powerbook came out, I upgraded myself by purchasing one.

I still use that Aluminum Powerbook G4, and I have to say, it runs well. It has been upgraded a few times: larger hard drive, more RAM, newer Optical drive for better DVD/r/w capability, etc. I have held out replacing it with a newer Apple powerbook equivalent, mostly due to the fact that my Ai Powerbook still works remarkably well, (considering its age).

Now, with the lack of app-upgrades available for the non-Intel beauties, and now, being that I felt I had used this wonderful laptop and loved it as long as I have — I thought “hey, let’s take a look at the new retina display models”

Then I read about their LACK of upgradability. [http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/06/opinion-apple-retina-displa/]

This broke my heart. This is the worst computer-related news I have received in a very long time.

WHY, WHY would you do this? I can, I suppose, remotely understand the sealing of the retina display but — WHY solder the RAM to the logic board? WHY make this newest model so UN-UPGRADABLE?

Please tell me that you will consider in future models going back to UPGRADABILITY.

I guess until then, I will stick with what I have, which is a lower-slower mac now that it is nearing fossil-age.

PS — your drop menus [below this form] could at least include an option for those of us that LOVE our old-school mac enough to still be using it — NOT ONLY would it make this form useful, but it would also TOOT your own horns that your computers, while older, still work quite well.

What type of computer do I own?
PowerBook G4 Aluminum 15″, which is well-used, much loved, and has had several parts replaced over the years, including: DVD upgrades, OS upgrades, RAM upgrades, HD upgrades, one or two keyboard key caps replacement, and 2 AC power adapter cords,

Which Operating system am I running?
OS X 10.5.8 – the lovely Leopard.

I think Apple finally managed to disappoint me.

Rest in peace, Steve, your company may be following you [death of greatness] in the near future because the people running it are RUINING all of the things I love about the product(s); leaving those of us with tech-skills without an upgradable Mac Laptop.

:-(

IF I get any feedback that isn’t some automated bullshit auto-send thing, and hear from an actual person — I will come back and let you know what they said.

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It’s Been a Long Time…
Sunday January 22nd 2012, 1:25 pm
Filed under: Anything Else

I’m working on finding the dedication to start posting again. Sadly, My Mac Powerbook G4 is now so old, and therefore in the eyes of software developers, irrelevant, that most of them no longer develop, update or support software for it.

That (to me) is very sad, because quite frankly, this machine still runs like a champ – other than the fact that some of the HD video feeds do not run well on it. (Yah well — how HD is any computer really?).

Anyway — for all you idiots trying to spam comments on this site – YOU can KMA, because I will never approve your comments. Give up. Die. and Go away.

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It’s been over a year…
Friday August 27th 2010, 9:05 am
Filed under: Anything Else

It’s been more than a year plus 30 days, but I do not feel whole yet. It is as if a large part of ME is missing… yet, no part of ME (as in of myself) is missing, so much as the part of me that was more my soul.

I have been working on getting back to where I was, yet, I am having trouble finding my way.

I’ve meditated. I’ve prayed. I’ve searched. I’ve done everything I know should help me; yet, I have not found myself again.

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SO much for being UP to Date!
Saturday May 29th 2010, 12:55 pm
Filed under: Anything Else

Ok, so I have been fairly lax in keeping this blog updated. Now that I have admitted that as my key point, I can move on to other things.

I have a kegerator, and need to work on building the BOT part of it to transform it into a Kegbot.

This will not be a small project.

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