While there are others who are apparently fit as fiddles and never seem to get sick no matter what they do or do not eat, yet once injured or aged they easily get achey or itchy here and there, and sometimes gassy too.
Machines are the same.
When I had a Dell laptop which was operating on Windows, all kinds of viruses played havoc on its internals when I had let the anti-virus lapse.
Yes, entry-level just like my terra-firma vehicle as I am not one to afford the airs of a pro.
And since a Mac is purported to be the ultimate upgrade from the lowly PC, I didn't even consider buying the extended warranty.
As is bound to... nope, make that PROGRAMMED to happen very soon after the expiry of every manufactured product's limited warranty, including an Apple product, some part or other will get weary or worned out or simply die. It's another conspiracy I tell you.
The only appliance that has lasted as long as my 30 plus (can't recall off-hand how many) years of marriage is my Made-in-Malaysia National rice-cooker. Alas they don't make things to last like that anymore.
Yeah... so after being left unused for a whole week the Mac's battery stopped charging, which was OK by me since like the Dell I use it plugged into the wall socket practically most of the time (which now I know with Macs I shouldn't have had).
And then the trackpad got moody and wouldn't click which made me resort to using a mouse - no problemo.
Sometime later though the trackpad lifted up off one side of the Mac's top casing, and soon after the other side, ending up it looking like an gaping vent window with a chipped frame
Inside I could see something in three sections wrapped in thick black plastic. (Sorry, picture is rather unclear).
So what gives, Apple?
Only after some googling did I realise that beneath the trackpad sits the Mac's lithum-ion rechargeable battery pack. In other laptop PCs the battery usually lies towards the back and you can lift it out easily after unlatching the lid in the bottom casing. However in the Mac it is sealed within the inside and though you can see it, it is not possible to get it out from under the trackpad.
What then had caused the trackpad to lift itself revealing its hidden treasure?
Haha... just like a pregnant woman's cervix dilates during labour, this trackpad got itself opened up by a heavily pregnant Li-ion battery. And this is something I totally did not expect: that for Macs and apparently Macs alone, its battery pack can get heavily bloated due to gases emitted by the chemicals in the battery cells themselves.
Now this is a worser case than mine
Almost like a worn-out person huh?
So off I went to the Apple service center at Mid-Valley and had them removed the battery. Buying a new one to replace would have set me back RM500, and with a new trackpad and casing. everything would have cost a total of RM1,500! For that money I could easily get a brand new entry-level Windows laptop with some handy bells and whistles to boot.
OK, had I bought the extended warranty at RM800 thereabouts, I would probably have gotten the fixes for free, but most likely not since I read that they do not recognise the bloating as manufacturing defect anyway.
So would I consider purchasing a Made-in-China Macbook ever again?
That's a question that needs no answer.
However a Made-in-China Sony Duo Hybrid running the latest Windows 8 looks deliciously tempting. Played a bit with it the other day at Harvey Norman's and was quite taken by it's high resolution touchscreen, built-in front and rear camera, no touchpad, slimmer and lighter than the Macbook and thus better portability for granny.
But at RM4,000 plus an additional RM300 for a three-year extended warranty.... hmmm, out you go to the back burner, baby. Achey, itchy and gassy granny will make do with her plugged in mouse-navigated Macbook for the time being.