Both the card reader and the USB port on the right side of my MacBook Air have been a bit twitchy lately. Resetting the SMC and the PRAM didn’t help, so I put a call through to our local Apple service provider (and we actually have a good authorized service provider in the Algarve now!). They’ll happily do a hardware fix under my warranty, of course, but suggested that it might just be a software issue, in which case I can resolve it by reinstalling the OS.
Since I am a geek, and I actually like to do this stuff, I’m taking this as an excuse to tear my computer down and start over from scratch — clean install of the OS, fresh downloads/installations of all apps, and no cruft. It will give me a chance to go through my huge pile of apps and decide which ones I actually use and need, while clearing out the accumulated debris since my last cleanup.
Mostly, it gives me an officially sanctioned opportunity to spend a whole day geeking out over my computer, which is what I’ll be doing today. By the time this post goes live, I’ll be offline and surrounded by notepads with scribbles, lines and checkmarks on them.
Here we go…