About a month ago, a friend and co-worker brought a MacBook Pro to me that wouldn’t boot. His soon to be son-in-law had come upon the machine and had great plans to sell it so the boy could pay for the engagement ring he’d found to offer my friend’s daughter asking her hand in marriage.
The machine is an i5 with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive that originally came from Apple with OSX Lion. It didn’t want to restore, boot to safe mode, and it was really being difficult but the hardware is solid and being so, I’m a “software guy” so there’s always more than one way to skin this cat. A few tricks and tweaks coupled with a few hours of wiping, downloading, and reinstalling the OS had the machine purring along like the “big cat” its original OS was named for. I returned the machine to my friend and the soon to be son-in-law enjoyed using it so much that he found another avenue to procure the previously mentioned engagement ring.
Fast forward a month and the same machine landed back on my desk at work. Apparently the “kids” found another way to lock up the OS again to the point where it wouldn’t boot and in its snarky “Apple way” only beeped at the user after the machine was turned on. Another abracadabra, a wipe, a download, and new OS installation has the machine purring right along once again….
This is the second repair to this same machine in the same month, neither time was payment required or expected because it’s a favor for a friend. I am however tempted (having the humor I possess) to tell this friend of mine today as I return the machine to him in perfect condition for the second time… “By the way, Macs are much less prone to exploits as we all know but with the amount of porn I found on the hard drive, you might want to have a word with your son-in-law-to-be about his intentions with your sweet young daughter…” (My friend is a very “Godly” man with a huge heart and extremely staunch traditional religious views… Pentecostal religious views…) I just don’t know if I could keep a straight face while I said it because I don’t know if there was any “porn” on the hard drive or not, I just wiped it and started from scratch but it sure would get a ride out of my friend today. A little laugh would cover the value of the time I’ve invested in this machine, especially considering the friend I did it for. 😊😊😊😊