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  • Mid-2007 13-inch Black MacBook: 15 Years Later

    Mid-2007 13-inch Black MacBook: 15 Years Later

    This post is another in the series of me looking back at the technology related events that occurred during the year. The reason for the is because 2007 turned out to be a big year for me technology wise. This is the seventh in the series. the previous articles are:

    Mid-2007 13-inch MacBook

    Back in March I posted about the fact that I purchased a Late-2006 20-inch iMac. While that was both my first Mac overall, it was also my first desktop Mac. A mere 4 months later, I ended up buying a MacBook. In fact, the one that I ended up purchasing was the 13.3-inch Black MacBook.

    Price

    The 13-inch Black MacBook was more expensive than the regular MacBook. In fact, it was quite a bit more, it started at $1499. The model that I got was the base model, because any upgrades would significantly add to the cost. The second reason I chose that model was because the base specifications were enough for what I needed. On the topic of specifications, let us look at the specifications.

    Specifications

    Picture of the back of the 2007 MacBook box

    What was interesting with the 13-inch Black MacBook was that it had most of the same specifications as the Late 2006 20-inch iMac that I had purchased. It had a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo, with 1GB of RAM. The only difference between that and 20-inch iMac is that the MacBook only had a 160GB 5400 hard drive, whereas the iMac had a 250GB 7200 hard drive.

    These specs go along with the two USB 2.0 ports and single Firewire port. Along with this, the MacBook had a first-generation MagSafe power port.

    OS X

    The MacBook came with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. The last version of OS X that the 13-inch MacBook supported was Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. The reason that it did not support any newer operating system is the fact that the Intel 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo is a 32-bit processor, and the logic board was 32-bit as well. Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion dropped support for 32-bit processors.

    Having multiple Macs, I know I ended up buying the family pack of macOS Leopard so I could install it both of my Macs. The upgrade price of $199, so for $70 more than the single price you could install it up to five computers. This was a great thing to have at the time. Now, of course, macOS upgrades are free, so no special licensing is needed.

    Picture of the Mac OS X Tiger DVD
    Mac OS X Tiger DVD

    On the topic of upgrades, let us look at upgrading the hardware next.

    Upgrading Hardware

    Even though I purchased just the base model, it was inevitable thaT I would upgrade the MacBook, because it was still possible with that model.One of the best features of the 13-inch Black MacBook was the simplicity of upgrading. The upgrade process was pretty quick. The steps were:

    1. Turn off the MacBook.
    2. Unlock the battery using a coin.
    3. Remove the battery.
    4. Unscrew the four screws holding the memory and hard drive cover.
    5. Remove the memory and hard drive cover.

    Once you have removed the cover, you had access to the memory and the hard drive. For the hard drive you could easily remove it with the tab on the hard drive enclosure. The memory could easily be removed by pressing on the two tabs next to the hard drives.

    I do not know when, but I know I upgraded both the hard drive and the memory. I know I ended up installing a 250GB 7200 RPM drive and 3GB of memory.

    Usage

    The MacBook was designed to be portable. At the same time, it was not an inexpensive item. Because of the price, I went looking for a way to protect it, even while I traveled with it. I went looking for a good solution. I ended up buying two things. The first was an Incase 13-inch Laptop sleeve, which I still use to this day, but for my 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Th second item I purchased was a Pelican case. Specifically, it was the Pelican 1450.

    Image of the Pelican 1450 case
    Image of the Pelican 1450 case

    The reason I chose this case was two fold. The first reason is that, as mentioned above, I wanted something that I knew could protect the laptop and a Pelican case definitely could do that. The second reason I went with this model was that it included an insert system that consists of tiny blocks. The blocks can be removed individually which would allow you to customize the function of the case.

    Therefore, what I ended up doing was creating a layout for being able to transport just about anything that I could possibly need to transport with it. This included the power brick, the extended charging cord which would go into the power brick, a Mini-DVI to VGA adapter, a Mini-DVI to HDMI adapter, an ethernet cable, and other various cables that I might need, like USB to 30-pin cables.

    Was the Pelican case excessive? Looking back now, yes, it was. I definitely did not need such a rugged case. I still have the case today, but it not really used for anything, but I am reluctant to get rid of it, because If I want to use it for something else, I simply need to get a replacement foam set and reconfigure it as necessary.

    Now, let us look at how I use the 2007 Black MacBook now.

    Usage Today

    I no longer really use the 13-inch MacBook. It still functions, but the battery ended up swelling, so I removed it. Furthermore, my brother needed a replacement power cord for his MacBook Pro, so I gave him mine, along with a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter that he can use for his 2012 MacBook Pro.

    After initially writing this, I ended up buying a replacement power adapter and a NewerTech battery from MacSales.com. After I powered up the MacBook there were a few updates that needed to be installed, and the last version of macOS that is supported on the Machine is Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which was released in 2011 and the last update was in October of 2012, so it’s been a while since I booted up the MacBook.

    Therefore, if I need any data off of the hard drive, I can either copy it directly on the MacBook, using File Sharing, or even use Screen Sharing to copy data.

    Closing Thoughts

    Even though the 13-inch Black MacBook was more expensive, it did have some higher specifications when purchased. I used the 2007 Black MacBook regularly from 2007 until April of 2015 when I purchased an early-2015 13-inch MacBook Pro, which coincidentally, I am actually using now to write this post, so almost a full eight years of usage of the 2007 MacBook before it was replaced.

    I miss the pure black color on the 2007 MacBook. I understand why it is not possible to get a pure black MacBook Pro these days, but it would be really nice to get a MacBook Pro that is darker than the current Space Gray, even if it would cost a bit more for the color.

    Apple Newsroom: Apple Updates Popular MacBook – May 15, 2007

  • MacBook and MacBook Pro Keyboard Repair Program

    MacBook and MacBook Pro Keyboard Repair Program

    Late on Friday Apple announced that they are creating a Keyboard Service Program for a range of their laptops. There have been many reports of users having keys that stick, letters not being shown, or a key that gets repeatedly pressed even if you only press a key once.

    The list of affected computers are:

    • MacBook (Retina, 12-­inch, Early 2015)
    • MacBook (Retina, 12­-inch, Early 2016)
    • MacBook (Retina, 12-­inch, 2017)
    • MacBook Pro (13­-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
    • MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
    • MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
    • MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
    • MacBook Pro (15-­inch, 2016)
    • MacBook Pro (15-­inch, 2017)

    If you have one of these laptops and are experiencing any of the keyboard issues, you can contact Apple, or Apple Authorized Reseller, and setup an appointment. If you have already paid to have your keyboard fixed, you can get a refund.

    It is good that Apple has recognized that this is an issue but this is not new. This has been going on for over three years and this way overdue. What is worse is that if you got any dust under the keys, they would stop working and the “fix” to use compressed air at a 75 degree angle is not acceptable for most users.

    I hope that any future updates to the keyboard will not have these issues, but there have not been any updates since last summer. Only time will be able to tell if this was a small time-frame where laptop keyboards were problematic or if this is an on-going issue.

    Source: Apple.

  • Apple Watch Pre-orders

    Apple Watch Pre-orders

    Today was the first day for Watch pre-orders. Being an Apple nerd, I like to have anything that’s newly released from Apple, that I want to purchase, on day one. Here is my pre-order story.

    After Apple’s September event, where they unveiled the Watch, I looked at the different models of the Watch. With this being a first generation Apple product, I knew that I would not want to spend a lot of money. Mostly because I do not know what the day to day benefit of a watch would be. The secondary reason is that I will likely end up getting the second generation when it comes out. Only time will tell whether I follow my iPhone [footnote] I have purchased a new iPhone every year regardless of contract. I have now decided on buying unlocked only.[/footnote] or my iPad [footnote] I bought the first, second and third generations. I then waited until the 6th generation to buy my next iPad.[/footnote] pattern. The third reason is that I stopped wearing watches about a decade ago.

    As I mentioned, I looked at all of the Watch models. I wanted to keep the price down, so I knew I was going to get a sport model. I have always liked the way that the Space Gray Apple devices have looked. I ultimately decided that I wanted to get the 42MM Space Gray Sport with the black band. Knowing that Watch pre-orders started today, I favorited the configuration I wanted to purchase, to make it easy for ordering.

    Living in the Central US time zone, I set my alarm for 1:45 AM. I woke up just before my alarm at 1:44AM. Bleary-eyed and only half awake I made my way to my computer to be able to order. I pulled up the Apple Store webpage in two browsers, and opened the Apple Store app on both my iPad and iPhone. I did this because during the iPhone pre-orders, the application came up before the website.

    Once the Apple Store app became live, I quickly went to the watch section, went to my favorites, and began ordering. I chose the 42MM Space Gray with Black Band. I then added Apple Care. I went to check out. The date said 4/24 to 5/8 for delivery. It was not guaranteed to be delivered on launch day, but that was okay. I wanted to use a different payment method besides what I have setup in Apple Pay. [footnote] My bank does not Support Pay, why, I do not know.[/footnote] I entered in all of the information for the payment. When I got back to the confirm purchase page, I watched as the date refreshed from the launch window, to 4 to 6 weeks. At this point, my heart dropped knowing that I would not get it during the launch window. I think choosing a different payment method is what the time change.

    Having seen this, I quickly went back and put in a second order. One for a 42MM Silver with the Blue sport band, since that was the only other 42MM Sport watch that did not have a 4 to 6 week shipping time. So I put in an order for that watch, and used Apple Pay to pay. That one stated 4/24 to 5/8. I then placed a third order. This one includes a 6 meter charging cable and a Black Sport band. Somewhat ironically, the charging cable will be the first item to ship and arrive.

    Looking at it afterwards, the emails indicating that my orders have been placed were sent at 2:05AM, 2:07AM, and 2:16AM respectively. With the app being available at 2:00AM, this means that the 42MM Space Gray Sport sold out in about 3 minutes. As of this writing, all of the models have a ship date of June. The Watch Editions vary between July and August for ship dates.

    Apple.Watch.42MM.Silver.Blue.band

    Dilemma

    After having gone through the experience, I mentioned it to a couple of people I follow on Twitter, particularly @BearsFan34. So here is where the dilemma I am currently experiencing. Do I want to have the Watch early and not get the model that I originally wanted or do I wait for the one I want and just not have it during “Launch window”.

    The other option I have is to just keep both. It seems excessive, but I could always return the 42MM Silver Sport with Blue Band or sell it to somebody. Unlike many, I would not mark up the watch 200%, just to make a profit. I do not see this as a fair thing.

    My initial inclination is to cancel the Blue Sport After talking to a few people about the dilemma, and sitting back and reflecting on it, my inclination is to cancel the 42MM Silver Sport with Blue Band, as well as the Black sports band from the third order I placed. If I were to do this, somebody who pre-ordered from Apple would be getting their order early, which is always a nice thing to see.

    I gave myself a deadline of tomorrow morning to decide. So I will be sleeping on it tonight and making my decision and then doing something at that time.

    Sidebars

    As a quick side note, Apple has released some new Beats Solo 2 headphones. These come in three new colors, Silver, Gold, and Space Gray. I am going to be on the lookout for a couple of pairs of bluetooth headphones. I may look at these, but given the price tag of $299, I will likely look for something a bit cheaper. If anybody has any recommendations, I will gladly accept them. If I really wanted to, I could justify buying a pair by canceling the 42MM Silver Sport with Blue band.

    Also, today was the day that orders for the 12″ Macbook. The 1.1GHz Macbook is seeing 1-3 business days for shipping for the Silver and Space Gray models. The Gold model is 3 to 4 weeks. The 1.2GHz Silver is 1-3 Business days, while the Gold and Space Grey are listed as 3 to 4 weeks.

  • Daily Run Down 06/20/2013: Evening Edition

    Here is this evening’s Daily Run Down.

    Recalls

General News

International

Obits

Health

Science/Space

Financial

Historical

Gaming

Gadgets

Law

Patents

Internet

Social Networking

Mobile

London/Britain/UK

Funny

Chicagoland

Total Number of stories: 44

Look for more stories tomorrow.

  • Daily Run Down 06/20/2013: Morning Edition

    Here is this morning’s Daily Run Down.

    Recalls

    Social Issues/Human Interest

    General News

    International

    Politics

    Obits

    Science/Space

    Financial

    Historical

    Gaming

    Gadgets

    Law

    Patents

    Technology

    Internet

    Mobile

    Rumors

    Software/Apps

    Security

    London/Britain/UK

    Personal

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

    Funny

    Chicagoland

    Total Number of stories: 82

    Look for more news stories this evening.

  • Daily Run Down 06/13/2013: Morning Edition

    Here is this morning’s Daily Run Down.

    Social Issues/Human Interest

    General News

    International

    Politics

    Obits

    Science/Space

    Financial

    Gaming

    Gadgets

    Law

    Technology

    Internet

    Social Networking

    Mobile

    Security

    Developer

    London/Britain/UK

    Personal

    Funny

    Chicagoland

    Total Number of stories: 74

    Look for more news stories this evening.

  • Daily Run Down 06/12/2013: Evening Edition

    Here is this evening’s Daily Run Down.

    Social Issues/Human Interest

    General News

    International

    Politics

    Obits

    Health

    Science/Space

    Financial

    Historical

    Gaming

    Gadgets

    Law

    Technology

    Internet

    Social Networking

    Mobile

    Rumors

    Security

    London/Britain/UK

    Funny

    Chicagoland

    Total Number of stories: 95

    Look for more stories tomorrow.

  • Daily Run Down 06/11/2013: Morning Edition

    Here is this morning’s Daily Run Down.

    Big News

    Social

    General News

    International

    Politics

    Science/Space

    Historical

    Gaming

    Gadgets

    Technology

    Internet

    Software/Apps

    Developer

    London/Britain/UK

    Personal

    Funny

    Chicagoland

    Total Number of stories: 59

    Look for more news stories this evening.

  • Daily Run Down 06/10/2013: Evening Edition

    Here is this evening’s Daily Run Down.

    Big News

    Recalls

    Social

    General News

    International

    Politics

    Obits

    Health

    Science/Space

    Historical

    Tips and Tricks

    Gaming

    Gadgets

    Technology

    Internet

    Social Networking

    Mobile

    Rumors

    Software/Apps

    Developer

    London/Britain/UK

    Personal

    Funny

    Chicagoland

    Total Number of stories: 129

    Look for more stories tomorrow.

  • Daily Run Down 05/18/2013: Morning Edition

    Here is this morning’s Daily Run Down.

    Big News

    Social

    General News

    International

    Politics

    Obits

    Science/Space

    Gadgets

    Law

    Mobile

    Rumors

    Software/Apps

    Security

    Funny

    Chicagoland

    Total Number of stories: 50

    Look for more news stories this evening.