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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

PowerBook Dent

A fair amount of PowerBook owners I know have corner dings in their laptops. It usually comes from dropping it in a parking lot or something similar. I've managed to escape this problem for a number of years now. Until today. I'm writing this post on my PowerBook, but my hard drive is currently my iPod because I can't boot up off the regular hard drive. I'm heading to the Apple Store in short order to see if they can fix the hard drive.

At least I have a decent story behind it. I was riding my bike downtown today, and while riding off the curb onto Larimer street - I popped a wheelie. I had too much oomph - and the front wheel started to head for the sky. Normally when this happens, you hop off the back of the bike and you're good to go. Not today, my shoes wouldn't snap out of my pedals - so WHAM, splat, boom. I hit the pavement like Whiley Coyote off a cliff. Right in the middle of the street too - good thing no cars were coming. Most of my left side hurt like a mother and my left elbow has some nice road rash - but nothing out of the ordinary from a bike wreck.

After riding off with stars in my eyes, I headed to Chipotle for lunch. After lunch, I broke out my laptop to work on Spring Live. When I pulled it out, I noticed the left-corner dent and thought, "Not bad, could have been a lot worse." Moments later, all my open applications froze up. When I tried to reboot, I got the blue Mac folder with the ? on it. In other words, "I can't find your hard drive." And so another PowerBook repair adventure begins...

Posted in Mac OS X at Aug 24 2005, 01:40:31 PM MDT 7 Comments
Comments:

Funny.. :) You might want to get yourself a thin laptop protector such as: http://www.sfbags.com/products/sleevecases/sleevecases.htm I have one and recommend it. It's made from that spongy wetsuit material and keeps things nice and snug. /vlod

Posted by vlod on August 24, 2005 at 02:07 PM MDT #

I second the spongey wetsuit material - Marware do some good cases.

Posted by Simon Brown on August 24, 2005 at 04:09 PM MDT #

Maybe this helps to save it next time :-) http://www.axio-usa.com/html/p2.html.

Posted by Oliver Dohmen on August 25, 2005 at 01:58 AM MDT #

I'm happy with my tom Bihn brain bag and brain cell, but if you're going to be taking spills like that, the axio listed above seems like your best bet.

Posted by Ted Bergeron on August 25, 2005 at 09:28 AM MDT #

Ahhhh, I know the feeling. My hard drive failed in my 12". Taking it apart has been an event in its self. I'm buying Apple care from now on.

Posted by Ben Poweski on August 25, 2005 at 09:50 AM MDT #

You should do a comic with your adventures. Your bike wheelie story could be the first episode.

Posted by Daniel Schulz on August 26, 2005 at 01:30 AM MDT #

The Marware sleeves are great. I'm notoriously hard on my stuff but there are no dents in my 2-year-old 12" thanks to that neoprene sleeve. It's nice to be able to slip it inside whatever bag you happen to be carrying. It reduces the "I'm-a-laptop-bag-please-steal-me" factor too.

Posted by Paul on August 26, 2005 at 08:55 AM MDT #

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