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The Plight of the Macbook Pro Fan

Macbook Pro No-No

I’m a huge Apple product connoisseur. Currently in my Apple product arsenal I own a Mac Pro, deceased 17″ Macbook Pro, Mac Mini, iPod Shuffle, iPod Touch, iPod Nano and most recently a new 15″ Macbook Pro that I’m involved in a love/hate relationship with right now.

Macbook Pro No-No Macbook Pro No-No

Two weeks ago I bought a new Macbook Pro to use in the interim while my laptop is in repair. Initially I loved the laptop–its smooth high-contrast glass display, slim profile, long battery life– it was all great in my eyes. Just when I started to believe that Apple achieved “laptop utopia” I realized two deal-breaking flaws for me:

  • No firewire port Since I’m involved in media production, a lot of my equipment uses firewire to connect to the computer. No firewire = NO NO
  • Less-than-genius placement of the screen brightness sensor There is a sensor on the top of the screen which senses the brightness of the room and adjusts the screen accordingly. The biggest problem is that the sensor is aimed at your face, this measuring the brightness reading based on the amount of light that is being reflected on your face by the screen. If you’re in a dark room, as the screen gets brighter your face gets brighter, which makes the screen get brighter, which makes your face get brighter, which makes the screen get brighter. When you suddenly move your head out of the way to protect your corneas, the screen quickly becomes dark again.

Though fixable, these things are annoying flaws that I can’t bring myself to live with. As I began to appreciate my laptop and its perfect design I got a message from my local “Mac Genius” stating that my laptop is truly dead and I’d have to choose a new laptop. Which leaves two choices–the laptop that I have now and the downgraded Macbook that suffers from the same problem. Woe to me!

What’s a Geremy to do?!

Home Ownership Anniversary

My House

Today marks the 4 month anniversary of the day that I pursued “the american dream” and bought a house. Closing day was a very bittersweet day–I was happy that I was a homeowner but at the same time I felt like I signed my life and possessions over to Countrywide home loans.

My house is a two-family house that was constructed several decades ago and completely renovated in 2005. Being the picky person that I am, I felt the need to further renovate and update everything. After a month of making sure that the house was up to my own standards, I was finally ready to rent out the apartments.

Now it’s four months later, I am still alive and the house is still standing. My mortgage payments are never late, utility payments are always up to date and the house still remains the nicest on the block. Now that I’ve partly conquered the world of home-ownership, I believe that I am ready to venture into more unfamiliar lands–maybe office space ownership or private jet ownership?? On ne sais pas!

The Telefone!

My New Phone (5)

I had a bit of spare time in my life without my laptop, so I decided to create an enterprise-level phone system in my home office. Why?? Because I decided that I needed to hear an automated voice when calling my own telephone number. Just two or three more weeks and this thing should be live! The 10% “nerd” in my DNA is finally rearing its beautiful head!!

My New Phone (2) My New Phone