Yesterday a colleague of mine was looking to unload a late 2008 Macbook Pro that suffered from a catastrophic hard drive failure. I got lucky because I could buy it cheap and replace a couple of components that would make this 2008 machine outrun my 2012 Macbook Air.
What Needs Replacing
- The Macbook housing is scratched to shit and needs replacing.
- The hard drive is small, and dead. Needs replacing.
- The battery is flashing “Replace Soon” in OSX. Needs replacing.
- The OS needs a clean install of Yosemite.
Replacing the Hard Drive
In order to replace the hard drive, I first had to go and buy a regular old laptop drive. That’s right! These old Macbooks support user replaceable drives. The drive I picked up is an ADATA SX900 256GB SSD.
I then simply followed this tutorial by iFixit, and was off to the races.
Replacing the Battery
The battery in this Macbook was reporting to the OS that it was going to fail soon, but no matter! A new battery for this particular model of Macbook Pro is only $39.99 CAD! I picked mine up from BattDepot.com.
Once the battery came in, it was super easy to replace. Simply lift the tab on the back of the Macbook and remove the bottom plate. The old battery should simply lift out of the Macbook and replace it with the new one.
Just like that for a couple hundred dollars, you can breathe new life into an older Macbook Pro.
I feel like this post is long overdue and a lot of friends and family have been making fun of the fact that I said a bunch of stuff about the iPhone 6 (that I still believe to be true) but still ended up buying one. So maybe it is time to go into a bit more detail as to why I bought an iPhone again even after saying things like they are made for idiots.
Let me take you back to 2007. Apple was readying the launch of their revolutionary new device that was going to change the way people communicated forever. I was 22 at the time and was rocking my awesome Blackberry 7290 which at the time was what I thought to be THE smartphone for me.
Then I watched the Apple keynote on their new baby. I was blown away! A full real web browser?! HTML email?! Why the hell was I using this junky Blackberry when this new phone was like a computer in my pocket! Needless to say I was incredibly disappointed that it was an AT&T exclusive, and it wasn’t available in Canada until a little known hacker by the alias of GeoHot came up with a way to be able to use the new iPhone with any network! Again my 22 year old heart nearly burst!
I’m not sure of the timeline but about a week or so after the iPhone had finally been unlocked, my brother and I drove down to Watertown and bought a couple. We unlocked them and got them going on Rogers and I couldn’t have been happier with my new shiny. Since that day, I’ve always been a fan of the innovation Apple brought to the mobile device space (much like RIM used to) and then like every great mobile device company, Apple stopped innovating and started iterating just like RIM was already doing before Apple knocked them out of their seats!
You see I’m a massive fan of technology. What I’m not a fan of is a company that has a huge hit, and then becomes complacent to the point where they stop innovating and start churning out the same device every 6 months with “1 EXTRA MEGAPIXEL!” or “2 TIMES THE PIXELS!”. Stuff like that pisses me off, and anyone who knows me knows that I speak my mind. So I may say stuff about Apple, RIM, Nokia, etc. but it’s because I’ve grown up using devices from all of these giants that it saddens and sometimes angers me to see that there is some exec making decisions that effectively destroys the future of some of the biggest tech giants in the world!
TLDR: I love technology. Lack of innovation pisses me off. Complacency pisses me off. I’m using an iPhone now because I like the new design, and haven’t had one since the 5C which was poop IMO.