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Saturday, March 28, 2015

On Macbook Pros dying and then coming back to life

My 3-year-old Macbook Pro died last week. It was a major tragedy, it inspired me to write a eulogy.

Back in the day, when my comps died, it would take weeks to get it back. Usually, there wouldn't be any good news, either I've lost all my data, or repairing it would cost more than buying a new computer etc. etc.

My horrible experience with a Lenovo laptop bought in 2010 drove me to the edge. It started having HDD problems a few weeks after I bought it, constantly wiping out whatever I saved. Couldn't even let me get back into Windows etc. It was insane, and I was unable to diagnose what was happening with the computer then. I would have long trips in different places where the laptop was practically useless, couldn't switch on, couldn't get onto Windows, data all gone etc.

Replaced the HDD, other things started falling apart. The fan started making weird rumbling sounds, it stopped detecting Wifi networks, it was a major pain in the ass. After a year and a half, I reached the point where I went "screw this, you know what? Even though I have been using Windows and PC for the past 15-16 years, ever since I first used a comp, and even though Apple fanatics generally annoy the crap out of me, I'm going to make the switch to Apple. And so I bought my Macbook Pro on Valentine's Day 2012. I was making a new film, I needed a new start.

I guess this was my Valentine's Day gift to myself. http://instagr.am/p/G_Z9SipxP1/
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

3 years later. After writing and editing countless projects with this laptop, it finally bit the dust.

I thought it was over. I knew that all these years of heavy lifting probably murdered it.

So I immediately ordered an iMac. It's been a while since I actually had a desktop anyway. (shifted entirely to laptop in 2004, when I went to Perth for my studies). Needed something strong enough to do my future editing.

Surprisingly, my Macbook came back 2 days after repairs. Before the new iMac has arrived. I was stunned.

The whole plan, of course, was to have one to travel, and one to do work. At least there's a backup. The iMac arrived yesterday.

March 21, 2015. My Macbook Pro just died. I kinda knew it was happening in the last few days. Made some preparations,...
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Sunday, March 22, 2015

The irony though, is that now I cannot install the old Final Cut Pro 7 onto either of these two computers thanks to Yosemite.

Perhaps it's really time for me to move to Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro...? (it's easier with Adobe, but FCPX seems tricky since it looks entirely different from whatever editing softwares that came before it!!!!)

Reports of my Macbook's death have been greatly exaggerated. 3 days after my heartfelt eulogy, my old Macbook came back...
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Friday, March 27, 2015