Final shipping/computer update for a while

Yesterday afternoon The Apple Store called to say they’d discovered why the power supply on my G5 desktop shorted out. It’s partly cooled with some kind of liquid flowing through tubes, like a refrigerator or air conditioner, but with liquid instead of gas (if I ever knew this, I’d forgotten it), and the liquid tubing had sprung a leak which shorted out the power supply. Liquid also got on other parts, so they needed to order more parts to fix it. It would now take 7 to 10 days, but on the plus side, Apple is covering the entire cost, which I assume probably means they consider it a design flaw or something like that.

Once I knew I wasn’t getting the G5 back, I knew I had to bite the bullet and reletter the missing pages of Jack 29, and I did that today. I think I’m now done relettering (yay!) and can move on to new work, which is good, as it’s starting to pile up. Fortunately, I’m now working very happily on the MacBook Pro laptop I got last July, and am so glad I did. It’s performing terrifically, doing everything the desktop does, but more quietly. There are still things I’m missing, like any email address I’ve added to my address book or mailing list since July, but I seem to have everything I need for work, and that’s the main thing.

The last few print orders I have are processed and will go out tomorrow. Orders have slowed to a trickle, so I guess the pre-Christmas rush is about over, which is fine. I’ll still fill any orders I get, of course, but don’t have the time to try to promote the prints further right now. If you’re on a message board or website you think might like to know about the prints, though, feel free to give them a plug!

And now, on to something completely different for my next post.

2 thoughts on “Final shipping/computer update for a while

  1. RAB

    Yeah. According to the AppleInsider website, “Use of the liquid cooling systems were short lived, however, as they were prone to leaks. As the systems aged, coolant would spill out of the pipes, damaging users’ property while also frying many of the PowerMac’s internal components along the way. In several cases, Apple determined that it was uneconomical for them to repair the systems and instead began replacing them outright on its own dime.”

    Very lengthy user discussion of the issue can be found here:

    http://www.macintouch.com/readerreports/powermacg5/topic4243.html

    This topic became of renewed interest to the Mac community this very week, with reports that Apple wants to try liquid cooling again on future MacBooks, provided they can devise a technique that won’t cause the problem that caught you.

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