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Note To Readers

Gang, my MacBook Air took a dive yesterday afternoon as I was trying to install the latest iOS update (High Sierra). I tried everything one is supposed to do to restart it, and ended up taking it to the Genius Bar this afternoon. It’s still there, and may well be there overnight. This is why you haven’t seen any new blog entries or updated comments today. About an hour ago, I borrowed a laptop from my son, and am working on it now. Blogging will be light until I get my Precious back, though.

It is weird and unpleasant for me not to be able to write when I want to write. All day it has felt to me like sleep paralysis: when you are fully conscious but you cannot make your limbs move. That sense of panic. Weird. Seems like the older I get, the more I am defined by my need to write.

Anyway, thanks for your patience.

UPDATE: Just got a call from the Apple store. They’re going to have to erase the entire laptop and reinstall a new system. Fortunately, they were able to drag-and-drop everything from the laptop onto the external hard drive I brought in. Man. Avoid High Sierra if you can, and if you must update to it, make certain that you have backed up everything on your hard drive to an external hard drive before starting the update.

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23 Comments To "Note To Readers"

#1 Comment By Zippy On November 14, 2017 @ 8:32 pm

Mr. Cook is more interested in Social Justice than making products that are insanely great.

Hence, the bricked computers with High Sierra.

#2 Comment By RA On November 14, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

Mine too!

#3 Comment By T On November 14, 2017 @ 9:05 pm

Switch back to a PC!


#4 Comment By Adamant On November 14, 2017 @ 9:10 pm

Fact: itโ€™s much cheaper to have your customer base do beta testing than to do it in-house. Another charming innovation brought to us by our corporate overlords. Think different!

#5 Comment By Craig Michalski On November 14, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

We appreciate you, Rodrigo. Take the day off…with pay!

#6 Comment By charles cosimano On November 14, 2017 @ 9:46 pm

You have my deepest sympathies and let this be a lesson for you. Have at least two good backup machines.

#7 Comment By M_Young On November 14, 2017 @ 11:05 pm

Go out and by a $150 Chromebook.

#8 Comment By Tex Austin On November 14, 2017 @ 11:14 pm

Rod, try keeping an Alphasmart Neo2 on hand for just such an emergency: [1]

You won’t be able to post to the blog, but at least you can get your thoughts out with a keyboard, and transfer them to a computer for posting later.

#9 Comment By AnonyMouse On November 15, 2017 @ 12:01 am

Yeah, I had trouble too… The update process kept stopping saying it had trouble, please restart. And the restart would take it right back to that point. And it doesn’t sound like we’re alone. Ya think they would have tested it before release.

#10 Comment By Duke Leto On November 15, 2017 @ 1:42 am

Astonishing that you don’t have a backup laptop! I have my previous two laptops synced with my newest one just in case. I can’t afford to be without a working machine with all my current work quickly available. Something something cloud.

#11 Comment By Ben H On November 15, 2017 @ 9:07 am

Do what M_Young said, get a chromebook for backup. You won’t regret it.

#12 Comment By Pat On November 15, 2017 @ 9:10 am

This is why I never update until my brother nags me into it.

As a professional-level overthinker, I see direct parallels between unwanted updates foisted on us by the computer industry and by self-appointed arbiters of language and behavior. I shake my cane at them all.

#13 Comment By Surly On November 15, 2017 @ 10:14 am

Sorry to hear about your loyal computer getting sick. Now go outside and play!

#14 Comment By EngineerScotty On November 15, 2017 @ 11:53 am

I’d splurge for the $200 Chromebook–but for blogging, all you really need is something that has a real keyboard (i.e. not your phone) and an Internet connection.

As far as Tim Cook and social justice goes–we lefties aren’t fooled by any attempted pink-washing at Apple. When it comes to greedy capitalist firms whose treasure hordes need appropriating for the common good, Apple’s near the head of the line. (And it was arguably worse under Steve Jobs. QC was certainly better, but Jobs had some bizarre ideas about the scope of intellectual property laws, that set the industry back a few years).

Of course, if you buy a Chromebook, then you’re giving Google your money instead.

#15 Comment By DS On November 15, 2017 @ 12:32 pm

Pencil. Paper.


#16 Comment By Grumpy Old Man On November 15, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

That happened to me as well. Sent it back to the seller, and they were able to start it without trouble. Go figure.

#17 Comment By Rusty On November 15, 2017 @ 1:02 pm

Heh. I contract to Apple: I can assure you that we have all been advised not to *upgrade*.


I swear I’da warned you if I’da known you were about to do it!

#18 Comment By JonF On November 15, 2017 @ 2:05 pm

Tis the season I guess: I just had to buy a new laptop myself.

#19 Comment By Mark On November 15, 2017 @ 3:07 pm

Take a long nap, Rod. Sort of like a Sabbath rest. You will be a better writer for it.

#20 Comment By Susan D On November 15, 2017 @ 4:11 pm

I agree with M_Young and EngineerScotty – get a Chromebook. I bought one as a backup for my PC. Now I use it pretty much all the time because it’s easier to use than the PC is.

#21 Comment By Pat On November 15, 2017 @ 8:10 pm

The chromebook folks are reminding me of when my brother lost his computer on the plane at the beginning of a vacation. He had everything on Dropbox, so we were able to pick up whatever was cheapest at the Walmart near the airport, and that afternoon he was back in business.

I’m enough of a luddite that this still amazes me.

#22 Comment By Horodu On November 15, 2017 @ 8:54 pm

Amazing! A conservative, Orthodox Christian writer
and social commentator using a qBook!

#23 Comment By Hypnos On November 18, 2017 @ 7:57 pm

Be agrarian — run Linux