Well, it has finally happened. I turned on my laptop this morning and…nothing. Not so much as a startup chime, despite the power being on. No troubleshooting worked, and the options are limited when you can’t even get to a safe boot screen. Off we went to the Portuguese AppleCare representative, who confirmed my diagnosis of “totally hosed” and said more specifically that it was probably a trashed motherboard — which is sort of like saying that the problem with your car is a trashed engine. Expense of repair: around 700 euros (a little over $1,000).

The good news: my AppleCare is five weeks away from expiring. So it’s a free repair for me, not to mention making my AppleCare worth the expense three times over.

The bad news: I won’t have my laptop for a week and a half. Time to learn just how much my iPad can do for me! And my first lesson is, I need to get a wireless keyboard. I dug my old white wireless keyboard out of storage, dusted it off, put batteries into it, and…nada. It’s too old for the iPad to recognize. However, my wife’s iMac recognized it just fine. So while I was testing out the keyboard at my desk, she was at her desk watching her computer screen fill with gobbledygook. “What the hell?!” she said in bafflement. Once we figured out what was going on, we laughed uproariously. (I know, geeks have simple senses of humor.)

In the meantime, I’ve learned something about iPads: they are money traps! At least for people like me, who love trying out new apps. I keep seeing interesting new apps and thinking, “Hey, it’s only two euros…”

For instance, Fotopedia has teamed up with professional photographer Quang-Tuan Luong to produce a National Parks app with 3,000 photographs of American National Parks. Check out the images on this video. How exactly am I supposed to resist that?


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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9 Responses to Zot

  1. Lida says:

    I am not an Apple fan, but we got an IPad last year and I love it. Completely understand the need to buy the apps that are so ‘cheap’!, we suffer from it too. And that National Parks one is beautiful, some of the pictures remind me of Iceland!

    I bought a wireless keyboard for my Nokia phone 3 years ago, and it works wonderfully with the IPad, I didn’t think it would. and was pleasantly surprised by the result.

  2. J Brandão says:

    That’s how drug dea… huh, I mean Apple sucks you in. First hit is free (or very cheap) and then you’re screwed.

  3. Michael says:

    Forget the app – I want to know how I can get the job of National Park photographer!

  4. Lilaine says:

    Wow ! Nice photos, and at least the last of them being available even in Windows defaults … how funny !!! 😉
    And lucky you to have a trashed motherboard while still under AppleCare. Generally, these things last much longer… on a Mac.
    It reminds me of what happened with my dear laptop(not a Mac) some time ago. 😦
    When it’s repaired, you may try to ventilate it, or at least put it on a support in order to help it cool down while in use. It’s real warm in Portugal now, isn’t it ?
    Good Ipad-ing !

    • oregon expat says:

      It IS hot, but I’ve been doing all the usual ventilation tricks, apparently to no avail. Maybe the vents were blocked, who knows. At any rate, my iPad is filling many gaps, but I miss my Mail! And Aperture. And my finance program, etc.

      On the other hand, this is forcing me to learn the tricks of becoming a power user on the iPad…

      • Lilaine says:

        It might be a good idea to pay for an extended warranty (You can do that with AppleCare, I hope ?) as, by my experience with computers(Comp. Maint. techie, here), when you start to have hardware problems(particularly motherboard), they tend to occur one after another – unless they reproduce like rabbits ??? (Did I mean recur here ? 🙂 ).
        Something to do with the fact that once completely taken to pieces in order to change the MB(that is, if the problem is really the MB…) the beast is weakened… not to mention you don’t really know who did it… :p
        Well, I hope they’ll give you another machine instead of changing the MB. Lesser risks.
        Don’t freak, though, you seem to be a lucky one, no reason for that to change… 🙂

        • oregon expat says:

          AppleCare is the extended warranty — it lasts for three years and I’m at the end of it. So anything after this is on me, though I believe the current repair will carry its own warranty.

          Don’t alarm me about weakening my beast! [eek]

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