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?