March 18, 2008

Crush Your Mac Laptop for Fun and Profit!

Ever have 30 seconds of your life that you wish you could take back? A mere 30 seconds that can make a great experience instead be recalled with stains of regret? That's the quandary I find myself in, as after wrapping up a quick mini vacation that saw the Oakland A's win all four of the Spring Training games we saw from Thursday through yesterday, I made a stupid mistake that is already costing me sleep and productivity, and will no doubt lead to hitting my pocketbook. For yesterday, I crushed my MacBook Pro, like a moron, and I have pictures to prove it.

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See how 40% of the LCD is unusable...



The latch was bent outward from being crushed.



The left side bowed from the blow.



An angled shot (without Flash).


So how did I pull that off? After checking out of the hotel yesterday, we piled our bags in the trunk of the rented convertible. Concerned, once at the game, that my laptop bag would be easily spotted in the back seat, I put it in the trunk, temporarily, in an area marked "Not for Luggage". After the game, I forgot this, momentarily, and hit the "top down" button for the convertible, which dutifully whirred to a start and crushed my laptop bag with MacBook Pro inside. I spent hours last night getting it alive (in FireWire mod) and moving data to an old G4 laptop which I'm on now. But given the MacBook Pro's hard drive is 200 GB, and this one is 80 GB, we're not failsafe yet. But we're trying, and it sounds like I have a visit or three to the Apple Store in my future.

12 comments:

  1. :( It just aint fair.... my sympathies.

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  2. I work at the Apple store and we see things like this more often than you may think. Good Luck.

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  3. oh, how awful!!! I feel your pain (along with my love of my month old shiny MacPro). Yikes.

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  4. I had no idea Duncan Riley had psionic powers.

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  5. Yet another reason for me to dislike ragtops.

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  6. Pobrecito Louis. It is true that there are lots of horrible things that happen to laptops, they have very hard lives. I met a lady yesterday who poured lemonade all over her brand new macbook. I flipped it over and put paper towels under it....and the liquid came out of the iSight. Oops.

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  7. I see the fun, but where is the profit? As your wife who would like to see her measly raise as a teacher go towards nursery furniture and diapers, I think it is time to beg from your fans and set up a paypal account.
    -your loving spouse

    PS: Don't go near my laptop.

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  8. My wife did this to her 12" G4 laptop over a year ago, and it is still kicking. You can actually see internal parts whirring and spinning through the gaps in the case. If it ain't broke...

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  9. I am thinking work insurance...I think they cover for momentary laps of stupidity. You could claim that someone tried to steal the car and did it...auto insurance? Apple care? American expres coverage? ...it just really sucks.

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  10. ouch. sorry to hear about that Louis.

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  11. So sorry, I've done the same. but not quite the same. few times. (as a photographer id never leave a laptop in a convertible however) Thats why I bought one of those plastic skins. It all helps. Apple care use to cover screens but no more. Around $900 i think for repair.

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