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My dog Ninja knocked over a full glass of eggnog onto my unibody Macbook Pro. The eggnog turned to glue overnight, so while the electronics survived intact (the backlight was the one fatality), the keyboard was basically useless.

My first thought was to get a new keyboard, but my trips to the Apple Genius Bar were discouraging. Apple wanted five days and $300+ to fix it. It also came with a threat -- if they found anything else wrong, they would "depot it" and charge me $1200. AllMac was much better -- they said they could fix it in a day, but I would have to come back during a weekday. They even offered a cheaper cleaning option instead of full keyboard replacement.

Now that it was clear that I couldn't throw money at the problem and make it go away quickly, I decided to clean it myself. I was able to get the responsiveness back by prying off the individual keys, soaking them in water, scraping out the gunk underneath, and reattaching. You can tell from this entry that my keyboard is mostly working: it went through some weird states where the 4 key stopped working and certain key combos wouldn't work, but these got better the more keys I cleaned.

Before embarking on this, I did some Google searches and eventually found this video, which was the most useful for learning how to remove keys from the Macbook Pro keyboard. Some notes on what you see:

  • as you lift up the edge of the key, you have to push a little white tab in to release the key. If you watch the video carefully, you'll see this, but it's not obvious.
  • be very careful not to damage the silicon membrane beneath the key as you jab stuff underneath the key. I found this out the hard way

Also, for the stuff not described:

  • You need to pull the white scissor clip out from the key before reattaching. It's easiest to detach the big end first. I just ran a small screwdriver beneath the clip and it immediately popped out. The small end is trickier and more fragile. You'll want to rotate it out 90 degrees first. then pull straight out. It's not the end of the world if you break one -- you can order more online.
  • the option key is rotated 90 degrees clockwise, so you have to push in the tab on the top right or top left instead.
  • the command key is much beefier -- you also have to push in at the top, but it requires much more force
  • the white scissor clips can come unhinged from one another. The clips for the letter keys are easy to slide back together, but the Command and Spacebar clips are a pain. I inserted one pin in and then used my screwdriver to create the necessary space to insert the other by lifting the the hole over the other pin.
  • the spacebar is a pain and I haven't figured the proper way to get it off, though I did successfully remove it. There are metal bars on the top and bottom edge that you have to work free. Then there are two of the white plastic scissor clips to release. When you put the spacebar back on, there are a lot of things that need to snap together. It may seem like you have it back on, but you really need to press down hard on every part of the bar to make sure.

'Tis mine

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I know I have issues when I go to buy boxers and I come back with a MacBook Pro. I've avoided buying laptops as I've always had a work laptop, but that was before I was really into photography. Apple's revamp did my wallet in and is my first Mac purchase, though I've been using Macs at work for the past several years. Now that the case is much stiffer and has a virtual right click button, I can mostly shut my mouth about the differences between PC and Apple hardware.

I like the new revamp a lot. It feels much more sturdy, which is good considering that I bent the CD drive out of shape on my old Pro. The case also has the subtle detailing that I found lacking in the previous Mac Pro design and feels like a much more worthy successor to the Ti design. The trackpad is much smoother and the entire-trackpad-is-a-button is pretty sweet. I'm not sure about gestures yet: four-finger and three-finger swipes are pretty cool, but I'm still not used to accidentally triggering the resize gesture. It is inevitable that one of my nervous habits will collide with a new feature: tapping the mouse 'button' looks a lot like a pinching motion. Windows broke me of my shift-key tapping habit and Google Desktop broke me of my ctrl-key tapping habit -- I may go into nervous breakdown if I can't find a free key.

Oh, and I did manage to get the boxers.

Space monkeys

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My new Mac laptop is in and being setup as we speak. We're required to name our laptops after one of the explorers listed over at enchanted learning. I wasn't really digging the list of names -- mostly because I couldn't spell or pronounce most of them -- until I clicked on 'space' and found exactly the type of name I wanted for my new Mac: monkeynaut.

Maybe when I finally pay for a membership over at the Techshop I can get a space monkey laser engraved on it -- I'll have to check if company policy allows that.

"Switching" to Mac

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I should soon have a brand-new 15" MacBook Pro at work. It's not really switching, as my primary machine will remain a beefy dual Xeon Windows machine, but it will be nice to finally be able to live in both environments. I was very nearly considering getting a MacBook for personal use, but a lucky scratch-and-win contest changed that. But perhaps it made my work upgrade choice easy: as I already have relatively new Windows desktop and laptop, a Mac laptop is just icing. I won't get to use it for personal stuff, but lets take things one step at a time.

Any software recommendations? For my last Mac experiment, I took a liking to Adium and Quicksilver.

New Apple laptops

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Intel dual-core Apple laptops, $1999+, and Intel dual-core iMacs. Maybe one of these days I'll finally pickup a Mac... or maybe after I recover from the purchase of my TV. Also cool to see Apple embracing video blogging and podcasting with iLife '06. An interesting tidbit from the announcement was that Apple sold 14 million iPods last quarter. That's a whole lotta white earbuds.

Note that at this time, the Apple.com homepage is still advertising the "new iMac G5" and "new Powerbooks." Hope they didn't produce too many of those.

update: apple.com has finally updated with the new products