My 3D printer has been sitting half disassembled and sad in the corner of my office for weeks. A simple latch thwarting my repair. I finally sorted it out this week and it’s been printing nearly nonstop! i can even change filament mid print! watch live be3n.com/3D
More than 5 years ago, i bought this car after its kin had served me well. This one did me proper as well, not one major problem. . .
Until two weeks ago, this happened on the 101.
The damage didn’t seem that bad. i tied my bumper up and drove it away. my neck was a bit stiff. Continue reading “Saying farewell to a gallant steed!”
I got the full tour, the place is amazing and far tidier then any workshop I have been in. They have pieces for nearly everything and almost everything in pieces. I got to try out their tools. I even touched their flame thrower!
It turns out this little bugger was the cause of all my problems or at least my technical ones. Once I got this guy replaced, my 2011 MacBook Pro was back kicking ass. Thanks Daniel you are awesome!
I brought this gift to show my appreciation, I hope you like it. It is TechStep diagnostic tool from Apple for testing and diagnosing vintage Macs. I don’t even remember what i traded it for nearly 20 years ago, but i never once used it. I hope you enjoy it and maybe even do something cool with it. I cannot wait to come back.
As you can see, it did turn out to be hardware, a GPU and CPU (ouch!). The flash storage was not it, but I figured that out eventually. This has been an issue since October! With many fixes attempted. It was a bit of a blow to my pride eventually having to turn to Apple, but they stepped up and got it done with only mild frustration on my part. Plus, they picked up the tab as my warranty is certainly expired. There comes a time when you realize that a fix would require more parts then you had at hand. I have been enjoying my functional desktop again, just in time for the new iMac Pro to make it obsolete.
I rebuilt my Mac Pro software completely and it appears to have
resolved the idle hanging problem. It is alway an annoying amount of work getting everything up and running again. It’s nice to have everything fresh and clean and worth it to finally have a stable desktop. The most frustrating part of this kind of solution is that nothing is learned. How? Why? No answers, but at least an end to the frustration!
UPDATE! – Nothing is resolved! it just took over 48 hours for the problem to return. ?
Silver lining was my brief use of screensavers and discovering John Coats work to bring the beautiful Aerial flyovers from the Apple TV to all macs. Looks amazing on 3 screens!
Update! – It’s finally fixed!
I’m at the Apple Store resolving an issue with my iPhone camera. The same camera Jitter that is already an extended replacement with Apple for the iPhone 6 Plus. No warranty left and no love for my 6s Plus. They wanted to charge me $80. After begrudgingly agreeing and waiting an hour for the repair. i returned to a phone with a completely non-functioning camera. whoops.
I hurriedly backed up my phone in preparation for Apple replacing it. I have now been here for 3 hours. I spent most of my time waiting for someone. Now waiting for activation of the new phone. Then waiting for restore. In all, my customer service experience was much worse then expected. After very helpful and accommodating internet support, I received absolutely terrible support from the Apple Store itself. When i asked to complain to a manager, the “Leader” they brought out was condescending and robotic in his rhetoric. The 2nd guy, was a lot more understanding, but Apple needs to take a hard look at their customer service.
I needed a part in Woodland hills this week so I decided to drop by my old employer, Mac Talk, Inc. Unfortunately, it could not be found. Apparently, it closed up shop unceremoniously and I never knew. I had a long and sorted history with the company stretching back across several owners (and decades). Here are a few pictures I found. What ever happened to Moe and Shilla? or Steve? Continue reading “Throwback Thursday! Remembering Mac Talk!”
Turns out the hard drive I thought was due to fail, had actually failed. The nice thing is that I wanted to rebuild it anyway and I will never have to open this Mini again. Maxed the RAM and installed a SSD drive.