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So my MacBook Pro died again.

Apparently NVIDIA made bad chips. And the heat wave over the weekend triggered the failure - I think my room was at around 90º+F when I got back to my apartment, and the laptop was probably hotter than that.

It refused to boot - no chime, dim power light, no display (LCD screen or external). Brought it to the apple store today, expecting a 3-5 day turnaround, the usual. Yay for AppleCare, although it looks like Apple will be repairing this issue for up to 3 years after purchase regardless of coverage status: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2377
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http://www.modmyi.com/forums/iphone-news/625511-order-unsubsidized-iphone-3gs-hacking-apple-online-store-get-delivered.html

In short, modifying the html form to add the iPhone 3GS to your cart directly...

Price is $599 though, and not the subsidized $199.

In fact, it would be cheaper to get the AT&T deal and cancel after one month. $199 + $175 cancelation + $36 activation + $70 first month contract?

The only question is whether or not the unsubsidized iPhone is locked to AT&T... and whether this would be covered by warrantee...

iPhone 3GS

Jun. 8th, 2009 12:48 pm
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http://www.macworld.com/article/140897/2009/06/keynote.html

I want.

I want reaaaaaaaal bad.

Except I still hate AT&T with a passion. And cellphone contracts.
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"No on Prop 8
October 24, 2008
Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8."
-http://www.apple.com/hotnews/

W00t! Go Apple.

(News via [livejournal.com profile] porsupah)
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They took away the mouse button. Gweh?

But it looks shiny. I want?
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"This battery update should be run on all MacBook and MacBook Pro computers and extra batteries that were purchased between February 2006 and April 2007.

If, after you have installed the battery update, your battery has any of the symptoms listed below, please make a reservation to bring your computer with its battery to your local Apple Retail Store, or contact an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP), or call your local Apple Support Contact Center. If Apple or an AASP determines that your battery is eligible for replacement, you will receive a new battery, free of charge, even if your MacBook or MacBook Pro is out of warranty.

For MacBook and MacBook Pro systems with Intel Core Duo processors, this program extends repair coverage on the battery for up to two years from the date of purchase of the computer."
-http://www.apple.com/support/macbook_macbookpro/batteryupdate/

Sweet, 1 extra year extension for my battery~

Wait, no, I'm running a Core 2 Duo. Dangit.
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There is apparently, packaged with the iPhone 3G, a SIM card removal tool.

I LOL'd. ^__^
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Apparently AT&T has announced that they'll sell the iPhone 3G contractless for $599. Ugh.

Normal price (with a 2 year contract) is $199.

But with the rumors of a forced in-store activation, that $199 is going to suck anyways... unless people find a way around it...
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Awesomeness!

I've just discovered that at some point, Apple added A2DP bluetooth support.

That means I can use my Logitech bluetooth headset (comes with a 3.5" jack -> bluetooth "wireless").

Mmmm, there's some audio pops and crackles... :\ Still, much coolness.

Now if only I could sync my iPhone with bluetooth.
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Price drop, with a 2GB version coming soon.

Meh. $50 makes it quite worth it, I think, given size and convenience...

And they've doubled the sizes of the iPhone (with a rumor of a price drop sometime in the near future..?)
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I'm continuing to discover new things each day.

Nice things I've learned thus far:
-The mic on the earphones that's included doubles as a button:
--One single click, while listening to music will pause
--Double-click will skip to the next song.
(I believe it also lets you answer / hang up incoming calls?)

Also, clicking the home button twice while the iPhone is locked brings up the iPod controller - you can access the prev, pause, next buttons + sliding volume there.
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Mad props to Geohot [ http://iphonejtag.blogspot.com/ ] for figuring out the software unlock.

Now to figure out how to check my balance for T-mobile on the iPhone. #999 doesn't work anymore... nevermind, that was #999#, not #999. I'm an idiot.

I also need to load some games onto this thing. Anyone have any good GBA, SNES, or PSX recommendations? (I'm thinking Chrono Trigger right now...)
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http://www.apple.com/macbookair/specs.html

I dunno. First response was "OH SO COOL!"

But taking a look at the specs... they trimmed .24 inches off the height, and cut the weight in half, when compared to my MacBook Pro. At the cost of ethernet, hard drive size, optical drive, firewire, audio in, screen size... Better trackpad though - has the pinch-zoom system.

Also, only a tiny bit cheaper.
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Well, it looks like it's running along nicely.

Told it to exclude my bittorrent downloads, /Library/Application Support/adobe, all of my applications, GarageBand, apple audio loops, the developer folder... and my manual user folder backup disk image. Because all of those, with the exception of the BT downloads, can be reinstalled.

Currently backing up 40 GB of data.
That's probably 5-6 GB of pictures, 2+ GB of personal files, ~1 GB of archived mail over the years, assorted code for various things, projects, notes, and whatever else Time Machine backs up. (my entire hard drive, minus the excluded things above...?)

Thanksgiving break is right in front of me.

I need to take the GREs sometime after that.

I need to visit freewebs to say hi, and thank you for giving me money.

I have pretty much one semester left of education before the real world.

Hm. Hello world.
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Da wha...?

Apple's Terminal in Leopard has... downgraded. It's lost the split-screen ability. And to change to a color I like, I have to first go into preferences, create a new "style" (wtf..), then switch over to said style. Can't change things on the fly. Why can't I change things on the fly, then save it as a new style if I like it?

Hmmm, transparency seems to be gone too, even though I never used that. Although it was kinda cool.

It does have tabs now (yay...?) but I don't use tabs for things that may generate content... so no tabs in my IM client, and I'll never use tabs in Terminal. May be useful for others though...
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It's very nice how there's to-do lists and notes in Mail now.

And while I can drag events into my to-do list, they don't sync there either...

And trying to change the alarm for a to-do item in Mail makes the alarm editing box fucking suddenly vanish. Like, as soon as you press a key. And changes don't always stick, with leads to some spazzing confusion on my part. Like.. "GAAH, STOP VANISHING!!!!!"

And I'd like to be able to see the actual alarm time.

And iCal no longer has the roll-out side info bar. Now it's... ... you have to double click the event in order to get event information. Then I have to click an edit button to MAKE CHANGES. Sure, it's prettier, but WHY, Apple, WHY? Why can't I have a permanent, floating "Event inspector" or something like that? It takes about 15 seconds extra, per event I have to edit.
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http://www.apple.com/airportextreme/

Now it supports sharing a hard drive. Looks like only USB though... oh Apple, how you've abandoned Firewire...

And in other news, Leopard's release is in 17 days. Bwee~!

(reinstalling software = pain in the ass sometimes. I don't want to copy over all of my preferences from before, because I've got tons of useless preferences. But if I miss stuff, it gets complicated... And I also need to figure out what I'm forgetting... I really ought to write up some sort of shell script to cover all of the unix stuff, and then figure out how to use Automator/AppleScript to do the rest, if that's even possible...)
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*sigh*

Got to a higher tier of support this time. As well as a direct number to the technician. Hurrah, I guess...

I love the difference between the basic tier of support and the next step up.
First tier:
Smiling, happy voices who are very polite and careful and keep you informed of everything they're going to do - with nearly no cases of silence.
Second tier:
Pretty much follows the geek way of communicating - not much troubleshooting in this case, but much more direct and too the point.

He also said he'll request more be replaced this time. Meh. Time to back up data again, even though there's pretty much no reason why the hard drive would be replaced.
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Not to me, of course, but for all iPhone customers. But I'm impressed that it's signed "Steve Jobs"

http://www.apple.com/hotnews/openiphoneletter/

archived text )

So there you have it. If you bought the iPhone for $600, now you get $100 Apple store credit for use IRL or on the online Apple store. I'm thinking it could go towards Leopard.

The iPhone is tempting now though. At $400 for essentially a PDA/phone, unlockable, with bluetooth and camera and built in wireless... very, very tempting. 8GB of space should be sufficient. And there haven't been major reports of hardware issues, other than the activation issue the first few days.

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