A Brand New Key
A Brand New Key
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A time existed – it seems many years ago – where a laptop and desktop took up space in this office.  The office featured a different configuration; there was my desk and the desk setup my son left behind when he moved out.  At some point, the desktop no longer served any purpose.  I even lent indefinitely the flatscreen to a close friend. While a consultant advising the 2010 re-election of my friend Gary Ackerman, the laptop required replacement.  I already enjoyed my iPhone; certainly time to consider a Mac; I did.  As I always do with tech, I defer to the judgment of my son Jonathan.  At that time Jonathan was in his second year of doctoral studies at NYU.  He selected my MacBook Pro and I met him one October evening that year at his office in the Puck Building to transfer files from the old laptop and set up the brand new back.  Some five years ago time came to upgrade a bit and Marisa ‘inherited’ my original device; I shipped it to her in L.A.

 

In successive years, I added an iPad which I blogged introduced some Freedom into my life. I replaced it after Marisa and I returned from London (via Edinburgh) last fall. And now I find myself in the midst of trying out an Apple watch. Jonathan brought it with him during in advance of dinner last Sunday afternoon; he enjoys two. Not sure if I view myself as watch user; I do not recall the last time I used one – just that long. It reminds me to get up from sitting at my desk – a good thing. Still not sure if this lent item means I’ll go all the way.  We’ll see.

 

Jonathan and I have been discussing since last Spring about a successor MacBook and under my son’s influence, the game plan involves waiting for the new devices Apple is expected to unveil in early 2021.

 

Still I only rely on my MacBook with no other devices, desktop or otherwise.  I supplement it with large external screens here at the desk where I compose this blog and in my outside office.  When this device need repair three years ago, I basically “rented” another Mac until its return.  The laptop Marisa relied finally gave way early last winter; she chose a MacBook Air.

 

A few weeks ago I recognized something not quite right with my Mac.  It powered off during a Zoom when the power cord was removed. With the help of a very helpful Apple tech, we diagnosed the issue as the battery.  As I made plans to “rent” a replacement that I’d pick up at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue, my son texted he had his old Mac available.  He brought it over when he arrived for Rosh Hashanah dinner. I loaded my programs (well most of them) and files from this Mac.  On the following Monday, the box from Apple arrived to ship my Mac for repair.  I delivered it for pickup at my friend Scott Levine’s Minuteman Press of Bellerose (who serves my printing needs and more).  Apple emailed it arrived the next day (Wednesday).  I presumed a quick return with only a battery replacement needed. The update link each day advised diagnostics in progress. Found myself frustrated.  Its return occurred this past Wednesday.  It really seems like a brand new machine.  I noticed right away they keys all seemed brand new (the A on the A key was bit worn.  I learned the repair involved repairs: Description Board, Logic, 2.7 GHz, 8GB; Display, LCD; Top Case w/Battery; and a MagSafe 2 Board. So it looks and feel brand new.  So now the question remains whether to stick to the original plan or just enjoyed this device. We’ll see.

 

What would you do?

 

p.s. Here’s the tune that give title to today’s commentary.

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  •  Fred wrote 18 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    I would ask you if it were me :)
     
       
     
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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I'm not a Mac person. Although I do love my Ipad!!
     
       
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Not a Mac person either but also have an old version 2 Ipad that barely works now because of Apples software compatibility. I never liked Microsoft due to their upgrading software that was not backwards compatible, forcing you to upgrade before the device would wear out. Apple I feel is worse now and pushes out software changes that make it nearly impossible for older units to function fully. The big issues is, Apple charges a premium to get what you can get more or less for a lot less going other avenues. They make a nice product but hate their forced obsolescence. Oh that battery, most other brands, you can change it out yourself. Not Apple. Shame shame.
     
       
     
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  •  ShelleySimpson wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I used to he an early adopter but was a little slower when it came to owning my first Mac. Starting with the MacBook Pro, I moved to the Mac Air. I have had two iPads which I loved. My next purchase will be the iPad Pro. I never wait until a device breaks down - I get a feeling when the time is right and the mood strikes.
     
       
     
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  •  Odey_Raviv wrote 18 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    I am in awe of your TECH savvyness! I couldn't even ask the question or let alone answer it.
    I am sure you will move along to what serves you best.
     
       
     
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  •  MarilynGenoa wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I’m not a Mac person but I use an iPad and an iPhone and actually rely on my watch more than I ever thought I would. Primarily the purposes it serves are to ensure when I leave my phone behind or don’t have it near me I can answer a text or a phone call on my watch but more importantly it always helped me locate my phone which is continuously misplaced.
     
       
     
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