MacBook Pro (Santa Rosa) and a Lenovo L193 Wide


I purchase one of these for 100 baht. A bargain, although there is a missing pixel wide horizontal line. However, it has the same issues when connected to a 2010 MacBook Pro as the MacBook Pro (Santa Rosa) and a Dell E1912H.

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Java and NetBeans on OS X


Installing Java and the NetBeans IDE on OSX seems to take much longer than on Windows. I had just installed the Java SDK 281 and then NetBeans IDE, on Windows 10, literally in a matter of minutes. So I thought that I would try to install it on my MacBook Pro, running OS X 10.13. Bad move!!! Continue reading Java and NetBeans on OS X

ExpressCards on Santa Rosa MacBook Pro


My 15″ Santa Rosa (2.4 GHz) MacBook Pro is seriously limited with its two USB 2.0 ports. So I thought about:

  • Daisy chaining USB 3.0 passport disks – not possible due to them not having two USB ports (see Is there a way to daisy chain USB3 external hard drives?) and I don’t have a hub, although…
  • … one option is to use a Seagate Backup Plus hub, big (at up to 10 TB) but noisy, or at least noisier that passport external disks). Also, according to this cnet review, if the drive is plugged into a USB 2.0 port then the built-in USB 3.0 hub does not work correctly, and may not detect what is connected to it. Also the price is about the same as two “fat” 5 TB passport drives.
  • Using a Firewire to USB adapter in the (unused) Firewire port ( see Is there any usb to firewire adaptor?)
  • Adding an ExpressCard to provide more USB ports…

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Gin damaged MacBook Pro 17″ i7 2.5 GHz – Late 2011


About two years ago, I purchased a A1297 17” 2.5 GHz MacBook Pro on eBay. Within a week, I had knocked a glass of gin over it. It carried on working, but in the morning, I put kitchen roll on the keyboard and (stupidly) turned it over, opened it up and unplugged the battery and let it dry out.

A couple of weeks later, I reassembled it and it was dead, and wouldn’t switch on. I have no idea what is wrong. I can only guess that it turning it over the gin must have got inside it.

I was just so despondent that I had trashed it after only a week that I left it in a corner for over a year now.

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