Bye Bye Macbook

macbook (2) My trusty old Macbook packed it in on Sunday. I was all done everything I had to do, including fixing my big fat blooper, and was just about to start beta-reading a friend’s story, when everything froze. So I did a hard reset, and the computer started up with its customary Apple “Brrrring!” – and then nothing. A blank white screen; not even a friendly apple logo in the middle. The fan was still running, but that was it. White screen of death.

Now, it wasn’t a tremendous surprise. In fact, the Macbook had been kind of temperamental for a while, crashing pages, even occasionally freezing (which is par for the course on PC’s but not on Macs), so I had sort of expected it. It was, after all, an old machine. Well, this particular one was actually relatively new to me – I’d only had it something over a year. But it was a hand-me-down then, which was replacing the identical model I had bought myself seven years ago with one of my own paycheques from working at the library. I was so proud of myself – my very own computer. It took me through four more years of part-time undergrad studies, two-and-a-half years of grad school, the writing of three novels, the first four years of my blogging life, and all the editing, formatting and publishing of Seventh Son. I loved that little white machine.

And now it’s, well, a paperweight. And a not very convenient one at that; perhaps I’ll use it as a coaster, instead. A trivet for my teapot. Or it’ll just go to the graveyard of croaked electronics (yes, we do have one of those in the house; it’s a big brown box in the basement). Bye bye, Macbook (sung to the tune of “Bye Bye Blackbird”).

Unfortunately, this is the end of my Mac usage, period. I can’t afford a new Macbook, and besides, Apple has decided to discriminate against DVD watchers (“It’s all online now,” the guy at the Apple Store told me. Pfft – not my DVD collection, it isn’t! Or the free movies from the library, either). So even if I had the lolly for a lovely new Mac machine, I might still get a PC, because I love watching movies on my compy.

In fact, I don’t really have any lolly for a new computer. So I was really lucky that there happened to be a currently unused PC laptop sitting around the house – a fairly newish machine which the resident geeks replaced with the newer, better and more-powerfully-geeky machines they need for their work. So I inherited it. And spent the last few days moving in. I’m slowly getting used to the positions of the buttons on the keyboard; now I hit the left shift key about 50% of the time, instead of typing “\i” every time I look for “I” (why on earth Acer had to make the left shift key a quarter the size of the right one, no bigger than one of the letter keys, and put a “\” key between it and the “z”, is beyond me. It’s extremely irritating).

However, it’s like driving a new car – after you’ve sprayed the windshield a few dozen times when all you were looking for was the switch to turn the lights on, you get used to doing it the new way. And while you can’t rearrange the buttons on the keyboard (more’s the pity), you can set up your desktop the way you like it. So now I’ve got my lovely picture of Long Beach (the Vancouver Island one) put up as desktop wallpaper, have the icons for all my favourite programs arranged along the left hand side of the screen, installed f.lux to adjust the screen brightness to the time of day, and I’m starting to feel quite at home in my new computer.

I miss my lovely white Macbook, but seasons come to an end. For me, Apple season is over – at least the computer kind. The fruit kind is still in full swing; in fact, I have some Macs in the house as we speak. Maybe I should try how one of them combines with a real book?

Life, the Universe, and Bye Bye Macbook. It’s been great knowing you.

Macbook (no, really!)
Macbook (no, really!)

9 thoughts on “Bye Bye Macbook”

  1. So sorry to hear about the Mac! So salad 🙁
    I’m pretty sure it was about 3 years ago that it was handed down to you (and it wasn’t working perfectly then!) IF we’re talkin’ about the same one;)

    If you ever DO go Mac again, know that an external disc drive is pretty cheap… and will allow you to watch all the DVD’s you like! It’s just plug & play. (No, I don’t have the new Mac without a disk drive, but a colleague does.)

    I hope that some wonderful person offers you their not-so-old Mac for super cheap!!! You deserve it!

    1. Yes, that’s the one – but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t three years ago. Maybe two? And it actually worked really well for me, because I was able to swap out the working battery of model #1 for the dead battery in model #2. Everything else (including the DVD drive) worked really well. The reason I don’t like the idea of an external DVD drive is because I like to sit in my bed with my computer, watching movies. And external drive wouldn’t be convenient for that. Ah well, for now the PC definitely does the job. You don’t look the gift computer in the features! 🙂

  2. 🙁 My little white MacBook (my second – the first one died just before my Bug was born, after five years of hard service), died winter of 2012. And it was sad. It had proofed and shipped I don’t even know how many magazines, handled my first full year of grad school, and the first six years of my dayhome business resources, accounting, and client communication. My husband is a tech, though, with access to Mac graveyards, so he was able to replace the cooked parts and I was able to tape the cracked chassis, and now the kids use it for stuff. I hear you about the DVD thing, though. My new MacBook Air has way less memory than my old Book, and I had to buy a peripheral drive for DVD viewing, CD burning, and so on. And the new MacBooks are way more difficult to repair, too. The Apple rep says they prefer to replace/upgrade (read: sell you more stuff). Boo to that. Their Computer of the People image is starting to seriously erode.

    1. Hah, yes, part of the reason PC is a better choice for me is that the techies in this house only deal in PC. No access to Mac graveyards, and no tech knowledge to do the parts-swapping. Now, if it was PCs, that’d be a different matter. Computer of the People? Uh, yeah, maybe wealthy ones…

  3. *groan* at that last pun!
    My MacBook (the computer) has been getting slowly more temperamental over the last year – but it’s not that old, and I expect to get a good few more years out of it. Tho’ a new computer IS on my list of “things to get if I ever start making enough money off my books to buy non-essentials.” However, since it comes after things like “figure skating lessons AND ballet lessons for kids” and “music lessons for kids” and “voice lessons for me,” I doubt it will happen any time soon. Not that I’m complaining! I’m awfully thankful for my very own laptop I don’t have to share with my husband or anyone else except when I’m working with Grace on Starfall.

    1. One of the lessons I learned from this crash is that it came pretty much without warning – bam, dead as dodo bird. So if your compy is getting temperamental, make sure you back up all your important stuff externally. I was lucky with this crash in that I actually had nothing stored on that machine; everything was on Dropbox, so I could just move to another computer without blinking (much). But if I had actually had stuff on there, I’d have been hooped. So, the moral of the story: BACK UP!

  4. Yes, I also have a laptop paper weight. It’s a Windows though. Our poor, over-burdened computers are but poor players, that strut and fret their hours upon the stage, and then are heard no more… Lol. (Yes, I am plagiarizing Shakespeare.)

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