Midsummer 2011, I purchased a base model 11″ MacBook Air; 1.6 Intel Core i5. 4GB ram. 128GB SSD.
This past week I went to turn it on. It gave me this:
I held down the power button until it turned off. Hit the power button again and…
So this was it. It didn’t go put with a whimper. It just decided to pack it in.
For ten and a half years, this little MacBook Air:
- Was my portable recording unit across two bands; countless demos and jams were recorded using GarageBand and Reaper.
- Powered MainStage at home, rehearsals, and on stage.
- Was my backup when my work computer freaked out (and, at one point, used for a full year because a company I worked for didn’t provide computers).
- I’ve written who knows how many blog posts on it.
- Was my teleprompter when recording video.
- Was very decent at photo/image editing thanks to Pixelmator.
- Has traveled with me to many countries. It was so small I just tossed it in the front pocket of my carry-on; I didn’t need an extra laptop bag.
In all those years the MacBook didn’t have a single issue. I did replace the battery in 2019; it wasn’t dead, it just wasn’t holding a charge for any more than an hour and and that just comes with age and heavy useage.
RIP little MacBook. You more than earned it.