Armchair CEO: Apple
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
My littleiBook takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'

At least, we'll see... So I discovered the little plastic thingie in my Firewire port broke in my iBook. The downside of having a laptop is that it's almost impossible to fix things like that, because the controllers are primarily built into the motherboard. DOH!

Not that it laptops couldn't be engineered a little differently. But the cost would go up. What the average consumer doesn't realize is that Dell, and other PC "commodity" brokers are pricing quality out of the equation. Apple used to tow the line on this, and got a rep for being *really expensive.* That's not so true anymore, and they have by and large managed to keep quality up, but gone are the bulletproof days of yore.

Actually, this iBook has suffered numerous insults that normally would kill a lesser laptop.

*water spilled into the keyboard
*lid slammed shut
*lots of dusty/hairy/fuzzy environments
*a baby
*general abuse

I could go on, but it's late. Point is, the only thing that the iBook has to show in the way of scars now is a slightly scuffed case, slightly yellowed exterior, sometimes shady backlight, and this broken firewire port which I might very well be able to fix with a little superglue...

Rock on!

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