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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Severelius » 1 May 2020, 22:22

John27 wrote:
Severelius wrote:I overslept and got woken up by the door buzzer going but I'm okay with it because my new MacBook Air is finally here!


Did you get the newest version of the MacBook air which they just released? If so, I've heard some really good commentary about it.

I'm sort of envious... I got my last new computer 30 years ago... :cry: Every replacement since then has been used or very used... I get by, but it would be fun having a shiny new toy...

It is the newest MacBook Air.

I went through a series of old laptops and computers most of my life because I'd get my brother's old one when he upgraded. My last laptop was the 12" MacBook but I got that second-hand after selling in a lot of other stuff to knock the price way down. But because of reasons regarding the sale of nan's house after she passed away, I had an extra not insignificant chunk of cash on-hand so I decided to treat myself to it.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rogonandi » 2 May 2020, 03:33

Halt Arrtay wrote:
rogonandi wrote:I got a phone call from one of my bosses about coming to work for a meeting on the coming Thursday. Hopefully this may mean me coming back to work probably to do some special projects until the whole travel ban is lifted for real.

My working on the RPG game pretty much monomaniacally is fun but I do miss my job. :P


What is your job?


I work as a houseman (errand runner and janitor) and laundry at a hotel. It’s not glamorous but I really enjoy it. :)
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby betonhaus » 2 May 2020, 10:34

My car repair didn't cost as much that I was afraid of, and they found it cheaper to use the OEM part instead of an aftermarket that they quoted me so it was $50 cheaper than the quote.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby John27 » 2 May 2020, 20:46

Brenden wrote:I got a refurbished MBP and I’m very happy with it. I think it’s the pinnacle of MBP design — it’s all been down hill since.


Well, I suppose it depends on who you ask when things started going downhill. Some would argue it's been downhill since the PowerBook G3 "Pismo". (Good keyboard, durable, and lots of expansion options, including ability to upgrade CPU.) Some might argue the last version of the PowerBook G4 was the best (particularly the 12".)

I actually had an epic struggle resisting purchasing a PowerBook G4 at Goodwill about 7 years ago. On a practical side, it was still good enough to be a secondary computer (although one would need to go 3rd party for a supported OS--I thought of having it dual boot with Linux for a supported OS, and MacOS to play with and possibly run Mac specific software). Then there is--was--the "have a laptop" fantasy. But...it was well worn (it had an appalling desktop pattern, and I thought that was to make some screen issues less noticeable). And, like usual, the local Goodwill priced it sky high. I think it was something like $80, with no guarantee or returns allowed. You probably could have gotten something in better shape elsewhere that was a better bet for not much more.

As far more recent models, I've heard the MacBook Pro turned problematic 2015 or 16--the models that had the-then new butterfly keyboard--reliability/durability issues (particularly with that new keyboard). Hopefully, that's being addressed now. The fact the butterfly keyboard is being phased out is a good sign. Still, from the view of a used buyer who might be tempted by an older MacBook Pro, those bad years would be a problem. At some point, older machines won't be viable (no MacOS support). Newest machines would be too expensive. And any repair/replacement programs for butterfly keyboards will be over sooner or later.

As far as refurbished, I have no idea about today, but I do remember about 10 years ago one Apple writer talked about getting mostly refurbished from Apple. He said he had great luck.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby betonhaus » 2 May 2020, 22:26

John27 wrote:
Brenden wrote:I got a refurbished MBP and I’m very happy with it. I think it’s the pinnacle of MBP design — it’s all been down hill since.


Well, I suppose it depends on who you ask when things started going downhill. Some would argue it's been downhill since the PowerBook G3 "Pismo". (Good keyboard, durable, and lots of expansion options, including ability to upgrade CPU.) Some might argue the last version of the PowerBook G4 was the best (particularly the 12".)

I actually had an epic struggle resisting purchasing a PowerBook G4 at Goodwill about 7 years ago. On a practical side, it was still good enough to be a secondary computer (although one would need to go 3rd party for a supported OS--I thought of having it dual boot with Linux for a supported OS, and MacOS to play with and possibly run Mac specific software). Then there is--was--the "have a laptop" fantasy. But...it was well worn (it had an appalling desktop pattern, and I thought that was to make some screen issues less noticeable). And, like usual, the local Goodwill priced it sky high. I think it was something like $80, with no guarantee or returns allowed. You probably could have gotten something in better shape elsewhere that was a better bet for not much more.

As far more recent models, I've heard the MacBook Pro turned problematic 2015 or 16--the models that had the-then new butterfly keyboard--reliability/durability issues (particularly with that new keyboard). Hopefully, that's being addressed now. The fact the butterfly keyboard is being phased out is a good sign. Still, from the view of a used buyer who might be tempted by an older MacBook Pro, those bad years would be a problem. At some point, older machines won't be viable (no MacOS support). Newest machines would be too expensive. And any repair/replacement programs for butterfly keyboards will be over sooner or later.

As far as refurbished, I have no idea about today, but I do remember about 10 years ago one Apple writer talked about getting mostly refurbished from Apple. He said he had great luck.

I think the butterfly era marked a big downturn. At that point Apple design overrode engineering. They realized that mistake, but the sense I get from Apple is that they... kinda hot high on their own supply or something? Like there's multiple instances of little flaws that hint at a really bad level of attention to detail, namely the Mackbook pro a couple years back that had a display cable a mm or two too short and so would break if you opened the display a little too much, and the latest macbook pros will think they are overheating and throttle themselves if you have anything plugged into the USB ports because they interfere with temperature sensors. A friend had recently bought a brand mew iMac, the base model which is the last Mac with a spinning hard drive, and it's impossibly slow and feels like it's been crippled. like it takes ten bounces to launch Safari or something.

And that's excluding their software, where they literally had to take a year off to squash bugs and they are still starting to resurface again. I don't know, it just seems that their current design and testing methodology is flawed and you should expect to see stupid mistakes in the future.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 2 May 2020, 23:30

Mine is mid-2015, before the keyboard fiasco and the reduction of USB-A ports and the removal of MagSafe.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby John27 » 2 May 2020, 23:39

Brenden wrote:Mine is mid-2015, before the keyboard fiasco and the reduction of USB-A ports and the removal of MagSafe.


It's too bad MagSafe was killed--I thought the idea was a good idea.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby John27 » 2 May 2020, 23:45

Another change I didn't like was when Apple stopped offering matte screens. I really don't like glossy screens--at least based on my limited experience with store displays. The reflections drive me crazy. (Or maybe drive me crazier than I usually am. :lol:)
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rxxli » 3 May 2020, 01:29

My main gripe with recent MBPs besides the horrible keyboard is that they removed the SD card reader. I have the 2018 model. The keyboard is horrible, but I rarely use it anyway so it doesn't bother me. And I get the switch to USB C and removal of magsafe. Less proprietary standards is a good thing. And I can even get over them removing USB-A ports in favor of USB-C. Apple has always been a company to do stuff like that. What I don't get is why they removed the SD card slot. SD cards aren't some old standard that was replaced by something... photographers use them all the time, anybody doing any tinkering with hardware is using them as well. It's not like a slot is too thick to fit there. So why remove it?
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 3 May 2020, 12:26

rxxli wrote:And I get the switch to USB C and removal of magsafe. Less proprietary standards is a good thing.

Even when it means replacement of a very well-designed element that prevents damage to devices with a standard that does not and is less robustly designed?
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rxxli » 3 May 2020, 16:49

Brenden wrote:
rxxli wrote:And I get the switch to USB C and removal of magsafe. Less proprietary standards is a good thing.

Even when it means replacement of a very well-designed element that prevents damage to devices with a standard that does not and is less robustly designed?

I didn't really mean that I support that change, but I do understand it. The best option would probably be to have both. Keep the magsafe connector, but keep USB C on the other end, and of course support the USB PD standard on USB ports. That way you could either charge it via the magsafe or via USB C. The other option would be to have a magnetic (or mechanical) disconnect on the cable/connector itself.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rogonandi » 6 May 2020, 08:10

I had a nice day today. I ate burgers that husband made, I finished Paper Mario Thousand Year Door, and I continue to work on my own RPG game. :)
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Severelius » 7 May 2020, 16:34

After fretting about it for a while, today writing actually happened. Like I sat down and managed to produce actual words for a change.

I am pleased by this outcome.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby John27 » 8 May 2020, 07:06

rxxli wrote:Less proprietary standards is a good thing.


Probably true.

Irrelevant memory of an old fossil who has been using computers too many years... But I can remember when just about everything on the Mac was to some degree non-standard. I remember when Mac magazines noted the change to standardized memory slots in the early 1990s, and said it would mean cheaper memory upgrades.

Although I suppose in some cases the Apple choices did have benefits. NuBus expansion slots (used late 1980s - early 1990s), for example, had much less setup/configuration hassle than other systems at the time Apple started using it.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby John27 » 8 May 2020, 07:07

Severelius wrote:I sat down and managed to produce actual words for a change.

Congratulations!
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby IanSaidHi » 11 May 2020, 20:03

I got out. I just went for a walk in the park and along the river by me. I’ve been neglecting the whole going outside part of my life and I feel so good now.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby betonhaus » 11 May 2020, 20:47

I got my Tpms synced now so I no longer have the alarm on my dash. Got the tool over the weekend and today picked up batteries for it
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Rei_ » 12 May 2020, 14:02

I was able to replace my lost ATM card and the bank staffs are all so nice to me
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Jacketh » 15 May 2020, 02:53

I'm doing a Rene/Brenden and running away from Tory England :D :shifty:

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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 15 May 2020, 04:07

Jack, what’s your coronavirus quarantine hair been like? Show us. :3
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