As it turns out I need not have fretted. When I arrived at the Genius Bar and was seen by an Apple Genius it was obvious my battery was big and turgid and its tumescence needed relief. The Genius cleaned my MacBook and put it into a sleeve and printed a repair contract. Then when I expected him to say come back next week he said come back in 15 to 20 minutes. He also said given the amount of warping if the hard metal case didn’t spring back to shape and if the track pad wasn’t working properly they would probably need a few days.
I was hopeful. I returned after 15 minutes and to my delight my beloved MacBook was fine and straight.
A big bouquet to the Apple Store in Canberra and to the Genius who helped me.
The Genius was running a diagnostic after fixing my MacBook.
The night got better too. Bron cooked dinner and we watched an episode of Game of Thrones.
Perfectly cooked Wagyu steak with cauliflower cheese, and potatoes and sweet potato baked in duck fat with some greens. This was amazingly good.
This was followed by Ginger cake and ice cream
Anyway, I’m pretty happy my MacBook is fixed and I can use my track pad.
This is a short post with no images. I’ve discovered my beloved MacBook has a swollen battery and I need to hand it over tomorrow afternoon to the Apple store to have it replaced. The older MacBooks had accessible battery compartments for simple replacement. The newer ones do not.
I’ve been doing a little browsing and discovered this is a constant problem for many MacBook iterations. It seems Apple has known about this for some time.
While I can still blog, tweet and post images to instagram from my iPad and iPhone it’s not quite the same without my MacBook. Certainly blogging won’t be as good in the sense it will be more fiddly to add images.
What frustrates me more is that I will be without my beloved MacBook for between five and seven days according to the Apple store employee I just spoke with.
So while I will continue to try to be a good blogger, if the quality is less than optimal it’s because I’m using my iPad or iPhone instead.
I’m a converted Mac lover. For many years I laughed and derided Mac devotees. Then for many years I suffered the blue screen of death and Microsoft Windows based systems that drove me mad with frustration. While we have a MS Windows based system at work along with BlackBerry smart telephones; in my personal life I revel with my iMac, MacBook Air, iPad and iPhone. They all go with one another and work together. Last Saturday I paid some money and downloaded and installed OS X Mountain Lion onto my iMac and MBA. I like that I can send iMessages via both these platforms. I love that Notes has been dissected out of Mail and that Reminders is like what I have on my iPhone and iPad. With the iCloud this all works well. I can now send iPhoto images to Twitter and iMessage. It’s like I have a giant iPhone on my desk.
OS X Mountain Lion works well on my iMac. On my MBA however, I’ve had no end of frustration. On Sunday, something was consuming all my free space, I could see the space reducing before me. I couldn’t understand it. Soon I was receiving startup disk full messages and when I tried a restart I was presented with a grey (gray) screen (of death). It would not open in safe mode, refreshing the RAM did nothing and just hoping hard was useless. In the end I had to use CMD + r and then restored from a previous session from my time machine. That took all night. Today I’ve copied over all my documents onto an external hard drive. I think my problem is that when I installed OS X Mountain Lion I only had about 5 GB of free space and the time machine along with some iMessage space eating problem was consuming all the free space. I now have about 30 GB of free space and am trying to download and install OS X Mountain Lion again. This is the first time I’ve had a major failure of a Mac device. It was a shock to me that something like this could happen on an Apple device.
I’ll let you know how the reinstall goes. Wish me luck.
PS If anyone has similar problems, please let me know. Thanks
Today we had a very special lunch for a very special person. Tabitha lives in Canberra and is the daughter of @sonia_with_an_i and VB Man. Amongst Canberra tweeps and many tweeps in our circle of friends around Australia we all love Sonia and Gerry. Tabitha has Hurler syndrome and is doing very well. She is due for some orthopædic procedures in the near future and will be immobilised for a long period of time. About a year ago @t_a_n_y_a suggested we try to raise some money to get Tabitha a tablet to use while in hospital and unable to move around. We ended up agreeing on an iPad. If you know Tanya, you’ll know this was a significant decision for Captain Android. Tanya developed a website and opened a bank account for the fund. It didn’t take long for us to have the money and we just needed an opportunity to share the gift with Tabitha. Some time ago a few of us had dinner together and plotted the plan to have lunch today. I won’t name everyone who contributed, they know who they are. We had a lunch today and a good proportion of those who contributed were present to enjoy the look on Tab’s face when she opened the gift and saw what she’d been given. Her first reaction was to poke her tongue out at her older sister Rebecca which was priceless.
We had lunch at the Turkish Pide House at Jamison. The food was good and the service friendly. They were kind enough to call me this morning to confirm the reservation and the numbers. I would recommend the Turkish Pide House at Jamison for lunch and dinner.
Tonight Bron and I had a plan. There was still food in the refrigerator and ideas born during Christmas feasting.
For the main course we had ham and cheesetarts with a pear and walnut salad. On Christmas day we had fig and goat cheese tarts. Bron’s sister Lou gave me some cheese for Christmas including some lovely Spanish goat cheese. There was also another firm cheese which we couldn’t identify which was friable like the goat cheese and just as flavoursome. Instead of figs we used apple to sweeten the saltiness created by the ham and cheese.
On Christmas eve and Christmas day we had a pear and walnut salad with Gorgonzola cheese. The cheese added so my to the flavour.
Goat cheese from Spain
Out of the oven these little beauties were puffed right up, they looked like soufflés.
Cooked tarts right out of the oven
Pear and walnut salad with Gorgonzola cheese
The salad is so good. It’s almost on a par with Caesar salad as my favourite.
Tart and salad plated up
Bron had some egg whites in the refrigerator after needing egg yolks for custard on Christmas day. She made her first ever pavlova. No matter what anyone from across the Tasman sea says, this is an Aussie invention. I love pavlova. I recall many happy times as a kid when Mum would make a pav for a special dinner and then my brothers and I would eat what was left for breakfast the next day.
I got to whip the cream. I love whipped cream.
Passionfruit and raspberries on a bed of whipped cream on pavlova
The passionfruit pulp was a little tart which was a nice contrast to the sweetness of the pav.
Plated up pavlova
We added more whipped cream and some strawberry coulis to the plate.