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My MacBook started acting up a couple months ago, in a particularly disturbing way: It would sometimes wake itself up when asleep. Including when it was closed and in my bag: Opening your padded laptop zipcase to pull out a laptop whose fan is going full blast — a laptop that is hot to the touch — is seriously wrong.

It was intermittent, and I really didn't have time to deal with it. OTOH, I knew its third birthday (and thus the expiration of my AppleCare) were coming up this month. Then Tuesday morning it did it again, lighting up its screen, making CD-eject noises, and running its fan on the breakfast table, ten minutes after I'd closed it. And when I went to log in to try to put it to sleep again, it locked up.

So I took it (in it's locked-up state, so they could do the reboot themselves and look for clues) to the shop (the shop being The Computer Loft in Allston, which as best I can tell is the last of what was always a rare breed: independent computer dealers with clue.) This afternoon they called me to say it was ready: they had replaced the main logic board, where a USB chip had gone wonky, under AppleCare. They had also noticed a small crack in its case (which I had noticed long ago and forgotten. This turns out to be a known defect in early MacBooks, so they also replaced that under AppleCare. On MacBooks, the keyboard and trackpad are integral to the top case. Which means that the part of the computer I actually touch, and consequently the part that shows physical wear, is now brand new. As is the main logic board.

So if you squint a little, I essentially I got a new MacBook today. For free.

I'm good with that.
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From the September 25, 2006, New Yorker, in an article about school supplies and the school supply industry.

"Once you're in around sixth grade and start to have a social life, you're not as interested in school supplies," Harrison Monsky, aged fifteen, said as he and his friends Alex Traub and Margot Vitale showed me around the spiffy-looking new Apple Store Fifth Avenue (767 Fifth Avenue, at 59th Street). "But school supplies were definitely training wheels for brand names," Alex said, explaining how his former love for Dr. Grip pens and Ph.D. pencils gave way for an enthusiasm for clothes from J. Crew, Lacoste, Kiesel, Brooklyn Industries, and Triple Five Soul, as well as to electronics from Apple. "Apple owns us," Alex said, explaining that if you have a Windows PC instead of an Apple you have to make up an excuse to your friends — for example, that your school requires it.


Here all these years I've been a fashion leader. Who knew?

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Transcript of an AIM conversation between me and [livejournal.com profile] crs this afternoon. He'd just mentioned looking at a mutual friend's new iPod nano:

I've only seen pictures. It's very nano.
8G that you might accidentally swallow. Welcome to the future.
Nah. The future is 8G implanted behind my ear, with iSync over bluetooth and a lifetime battery recharged by head-bobbing....
"battery low. please play more death metal."


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