June 18, 2012

The Unrepairable Computer

A few years ago I shied away from getting an iMac. One of the main reasons was because it was all one unit, and if anything broke I thought I'd be screwed. I would never be able to upgrade the monitor. I'd never be able to add more hard drives. For the last decade I'd had a big Windows computer that I'd upgraded through the years. I couldn't quite swallow the idea of not being able to repair it if something broke.

Over the last couple years I've realized that I have no interest in spending my time repairing computers. I just want it to work, and if it doesn't, I don't want to have to deal with it. Apple, and all computers in general, have been moving in the direction of custom cases that can no longer be opened. The new Macbook Pro is the least repairable computer ever made.... but who cares? John Gruber made a good point on his site the other day. The average consumer isn't looking to mess around in their computer, and if they can't they are really not going to care.
Daring Fireball

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