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June 15, 2012

5 Reasons I Hate My New MacBook Pro: A Geeks Critique

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1. “Least Repairable Laptop Ever” That was the judgment of IFixIt, a popular online gadget repair manual, which gave it a 1 out of 10 on the site’s scale for ease of repair or upgrade. You got that right. For starters, among Apple’s innovative design decisions was to fuse the fancy new Retina display to the case and remove the protective glass layer in front. This makes it more vulnerable to damage, and means you’re basically screwed if it does get damaged. The RAM is soldered to the board and cannot be replaced or upgraded after purchase. The SSD hard drive is proprietary and cannot, as of yet, be upgraded by the user. And the battery is glued to the case, preventing replacement. With previous models, you could drop by the Apple Store and pick up a new battery right off the shelf. Now, it appears Apple’s solution to virtually any hardware issue is likely to mimic their approach to iPhone, iPad and iPod repairs, namely, “we’ll take that, here’s a new one.” Even hardcore Apple enthusiasts on sites like Appleinsider.com are advising that AppleCare, the company’s extended warranty, is a must have here (for an extra $350, of course). And best keep all that “personal” content (you know what we’re talking about) off your internal drive, lest it be viewed by your neighborhood Apple geniuses the first time you have a problem and have to hand over your whole machine for replacement.





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Oh My! Happy Birthday, George Takei – TrekNews.net

Happy 77th birthday to Star Trek‘s original Hikaru Sulu, George Hosato Takei, who was born on April 20th in 1937 in Los Angeles. As an actor, politician, activist, and writer, Takei has had a career many would hope for...
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