austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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There ain't no beauty, and there ain't no style

So I was working on reading the AV Club during work hours when my computer screen started to glitch. It did some of those blurry and split-screen style effects you get when a computer is dying, and then went to a beige hotel-carpet pattern. That's got my day a little messed up.

The Mac service place up the street, who replaced my battery a few months ago, diagnosed it as a bad logic board. The guy told me that had I got in before the end of 2016 I would have been covered under the Repair Extension Program as this is a known issue for my model MacBook Pro. Had I got in as recently as two weeks ago they might have been able to get parts from Apple and a code for authorizing the repair under coverage. But now --- the best they could do was tell me who to call and to hope that Apple even had logic boards for a computer I'd had since 2011 or maybe 2012.

They didn't, and so I had to buy a new computer. I pulled my PowerBook G4 out of storage where it'd been since July of 2015 when I had my MacBook Pro in for servicing for ... we're pretty sure it was another logic board replacement. Anyway, I found a refurbished MacBook Pro that seems to be good enough and tried to order it and found I couldn't remember my Apple ID. It wouldn't send me a password reset either.

Which is why I ended up on the phone talking to someone at Apple Master Command to authorize the purchase of a new computer. And my credit card was declined as Discover Master Command suspected suspicious activity. They sent me an e-mail to ask if I approved these purchases, and it didn't actually list any purchases in the e-mail. Mercifully I could log in to their site and see that yes, they suspected the thing I wanted to do. We proceeded.

So if all goes well come Thursday I'll have a brand-new mid-2015-vintage MacBook Pro and will be trying to figure how to set everything up to working again. Meanwhile I'll be trying my deceased computer to try getting passwords for stuff like the Time Capsule off of it before the hardware dies altogether, which may have already happened. Fun.

Trivia: In a Mode 1-Alpha abort, triggered through the first 42 seconds of flight, an Apollo Command Module would be flipped over into the right orientation by canards, small aerosurfaces emerging from the escape rocket. The module's thrusters would be too weak to turn the capsule as needed in the time available. Source: The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture And Operation, Frank O'Brien.

Currently Reading: Heat And Thermodynamics: A Historical Perspective, Christopher J T Lewis.

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