The Apple Genius asked what was wrong, and I said “blinking folder on start-up.” He nodded, and said “well . . .”
“Before you start,” I said, “I reset the PRAM and the SMC. I booted into recovery mode and ran Disk Utilities to see if it could find the hard drive; it couldn’t. I booked from a stick and ran every tech recovery utility I have, but it couldn’t see the drive.”
For once I got the desired answer:
“That saves me a lot of time,” he said. “That’s what I would have done.”
After a while he returned with some shots of the interior of the laptop.
“As you see,” he said, “there’s liquid damage on the logic board and the hard drive.”
“Can you tell if it’s recent? Is there any corrosion?”
“You get a bluish tint after time,” he said, “and I don’t see any of that.”
Important conversation with daughter follows. Question: did you spill water in the computer? I will believe whatever you say. I will not be angry if it happened, because it happens. But if it did happen, and you say it didn’t, you will never forget that you’re dishonest.
As it turns out, she had spilled something into the keyboard, but it was just a little and it was was the previous week.
I nodded and said she would never get another computer. SUCKER! Jeez, have you learned nothing? Protect yourself at all times. Suppress bad thoughts about your behavior until self-justification occurs automatically with no authorial intervention!
Cripes, kids today.
A semi-regular Friday feature: interrogating the details of old Times Square. The photo's undated. Well, except for the sign advertising 1938 Chevy cars.
Let's go up to the left-hand corner:
This one requires familiarity with the second-tier stars, but it’s not hard. RREN WILLIAM can only be Warren William, and since it’s 1937, that means it’s Firefly.
And JONES? Alan Jones. Here’s the trailer, with the famous song the movie
As for Jones:
In the mid 1960s the busy Jones managed to fit a few appearances on television and in movies into his busy theater, nightclub, and recording career.