Preventing a MacBook crash

In September 2013, a beautiful, 13 inch, 2.96 lb. MacBook Pro was bought into existence. I took care of it in its infancy as a proud Apple owner should — I shut off apps that weren’t in use, I used the power button to put it to sleep instead of simply closing it, I even traveled with it in a padded case.  All efforts were proven to be for naught, however, when my 7 month old hard-drive crashed a week before finals.

It wasn’t until the crash that I realized how immensely dependent I am on my computer. When you lose all your documents, photos, and music, it feels like you’ve lost a lot more than files. Here’s how you can prevent losing everything, including your sanity, when you see this screen.


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Cautionary tips: Some things to consider prior to the crash.

1. Back up everything, twice. If you’re like me and have an external hard-drive that you’re semi-faithful about backing up to, consider that external hard-drives can be more fragile than the drives in your computer. They’re a great thing to have, but ultimate safety is in the cloud. Get to know Dropbox and GoogleDrive really well.

2. Get Apple Care. The ability to call an Apple representative without additional costs should be incentive enough, but if it isn’t, consider how much money you will save on inevitable repairs. Apple Care costs between $79 and $99, whereas the cost of labor on a one-time repair is typically $95 at a minimum. That doesn’t include the cost of new hardware, which is also covered by Apple Care.

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So about the Apple Watch…

Unless you’ve been living under a Rock you’ve probably heard about Apple’s latest product — the Apple Watch. To save you the trouble of having to watch the entire keynote, this post highlights the most salient features of the watch.

The Apple Watch is not just a glorified time keeper; it is essentially a wearable personal computer. Through some rather innovative design, Apple has provided its watch with a complete suite of apps: ranging from the humble stopwatch app to the intelligent Activity app that automatically tracks your daily physical activity.

Along with a touch surface, Apple has provided a ‘Digital Crown’ somewhat reminiscent of the iPod click-wheel to help users interact with the watch. The watch also responds to voice commands.

The Apple Watch — a computer on your wrist

Despite these input features, it would still be cumbersome to use the watch for writing long messages/content. However, viewing pictures, messages and your calendar with a slight turn of your wrist is certainly convenient.

The most useful feature of the watch is probably its (hopefully) seamless integration with your iPhone. You will be able to receive calls and notifications without having to pull your phone out of your pocket (oh! the amount of physical labor saved).

Needless to say, the Apple Watch, which comes in stainless steel, aluminum or 18K gold, isn’t exactly affordable ($349).

Lastly, as Apple repeatedly mentioned on its website: this is their most personal device yet. After all, you will be wearing it all day long. While this might seem great news for all the tech lovers out there, it is also somewhat scary. Gadgets and technology occupy so much of our time that the addition of a watch to the device arsenal might seem to some a bit excessive.

But, like all things technology, the final decision is yours. Just consider: do you really want to talk to Siri while in the shower?

For more info, check out this very detailed video.

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7 ways to break the Internet: Brown edition

I began this post as a warning of sorts. Men and women of Brown who care about your fantasy football teams (I realize this may be a very small demographic), SET YOUR LINEUPS EARLY THIS WEEK. Why? Last Sunday, millions of fantasy football slackers were shocked to find that Yahoo! Sports was down in the precious hours before kickoff at 1 p.m. Because of Yahoo!’s technical difficulties, lineups were left unchanged, players with bye weeks were in starting positions, and approximately 1.2 million pounds of hair was torn out nationwide. As often occurs these days, there was a decent-sized Internet riot in response (thank you Twitter). Last week’s debacle got me thinking, what Internet disasters would garner similar rage—most likely as measured by prevalence of clever hashtags—at Brown?

1. G-Chat fails. Again. Ffffffuuuuuu how am I supposed to procrastinate now in a way that even looks like I’m being productive? Let me take to another procrastination web site like Twitter to communally gripe!

2. BCA Spring Weekend Tickets. Too real, I guess this one is kind of inevitable. Until they book the “John Schnatter and Grover Norquist old-time string band” to headline Spring Weekend, that site is going to go down, and people are going to complain.

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Techaccino Tuesdays: iSwag for your iPad

HHH iPad

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By now, you’ve already either received/purchased an iPad or heard about it from your friends enough to know that there are a million and a half things to do with it. (If not, check this out!) (By the way, I’m talking here about Apple’s tablet, unlike the AP…) From note taking to airplane crashing to star gazing, there really isn’t a lot more out there we could ask it to do. But let’s think outside the box…What about that 30-pin connector at the bottom or the Bluetooth capability? Sure you can connect it to your computer, a wireless keyboard, or (if you’re lazy and have money to waste) your digital camera, but imagine all the possibilities…So stop shopping at censoring Apple Stores, and let’s take a gander inside the intertubes to find how you should actually be using your iPad. Continue Reading

Time-waster of the day: October 20, 2011

Remember when Steve Jobs died and Apple set up so that Apple employees and devotees could send their condolences and final messages to have them all compiled together somehow? Well, Apple just updated its memorial page to include a stream of all these emails. Over a million of them.

Assuming that you take about 10 seconds to read one of these emails, if you decide to read all of these messages continuously, it’ll take you over a hundred days to read them all, which means that you’ll be done around sometime next February.

Web Civ: Sinned lately? There’s an app for that. (And six other fun but completely useless App Store finds.)

Too lazy for confession? Don’t have time to waddle through the melting snow to pour your heart to a priest through an iron gate? Just too ashamed to do even that? Well, Steve Jobs is here to make your life just a bit easier.

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