My Macbook of five or so years gave up on me this weekend, annoyingly it did so while I was applying for jobs. Fortunately I’d saved my progress and I was able to recover the data from my hard-drive eventually; I did at one point think it had gone too but I hadn’t properly connected the usb clip to it.
I went to the Apple shop Monday to the so called “genius bar”, for the average customer there undoubtedly pretty useful, for me however there less so as I just end up just second guessing everything the “genius” is going to do and being pretty vocal about it. My diagnosis was correct for my Macbook, the logic board had given up, they quoted my £400 for a repair. I didn’t really think it was worth paying that much bearing in mind its age and that the DVD drive also didn’t work. So I eventually managed to by a macbook pro on student discount, good use of it really seeing as it runs out very soon, although the first person I spoke to was reluctant to give it to me due to me no longer being a student at the start of the next academic year. I just went over to another sales assistant who said it would be fine. The reason I say I “eventually” managed to buy a new laptop is not only because of the student discount problem but also because they had just received a new batch of iPads that everyone was going crazy over.
I’m not too interested in getting an iPad myself but having seen one close up; all be it briefly, I can see why there is such a big fuss. However that being said I really do not think iPads are going to revolutionise the newspaper/book industry the way some analysts have predicted. One common argument simply put; although I do wish to go into more detail in another blog post later this week, looking at a screen for long periods of time for reading is hard on the eyes and as far as I can see it will never fully replace print publications. That said, if E-ink technology can take-off, and it would require Apple levels of design and PR to do so, perhaps that sort of technology could push us towards a more digital dominated publication world.
All in all why it’s annoying that my Macbook broke and I had to purchase a new one, I guess getting a new laptop would have been on the cards soon anyway, it could in fact have been a little blessing in disguise as I managed to get good use out of my fleeting student status.