Most of us have heard the saying, “That’s the best thing since sliced bread!” What do you think is actually the best thing since sliced bread?
I think, it means something that makes our life becomes much easier and practical. For me, it is technology and the internet. That we can easily get information about anything we want. Anything. From a good recipe to how we can avoid ourselves of spending money to fix something that is apparently can be done at home. As what happened a couple of months ago to my Macbook Air that transformed into a Sleeping Apple.
Sleeping Apple. Hey! It’s Sleeping Beauty, you said. The snow white ate the cursed apple then she fell asleep until a (luckily) prince of charming kissed and woke her. That’s fairytale of the Grimms, the German authors. I have another story. It began with an Apple, hopefully not the cursed one. Not that round juicy fruit, but a MacBook Air my husband bought for me in June 2013. One Saturday I made a speech by the MacBook being charged. When it had done, I shut it down properly (as usual), Apple menu and Shut Down. I left it still being charged. A few hours later, my husband asked me. “Can’t we use the laptop while it is still being charged?” “Of course, we can.” I said. “Look.” I pressed the power button. Nothing. I pressed it again. Nothing. Now. It became a bit serious. I pressed it. Pressssed it. NOTHING. The screen was staring at us in an absolute darkness and no chime sound heard. Silent. My Apple was dead. Dropped dead. As we paid it by credit card. The debt was just finished. Technically it was still new. It couldn’t be broken. I felt terrible. Thinking about how much we had spent our money to buy it. No need to say my losing important data.
One day after, my husband took it to the Global Service Centre at jalan Imam Bonjol, Denpasar, the only Apple Service Centre in Bali. They said they would call in 2 days to tell what cause the problem and whether we need to replace ‘something’ to make it well. Replace surely meant buy. Since, I was dealing with Apple. I think, nothing is cheap. Agree? If you don’t. Clearly, you are living in a different world. Then, as promised. They called my husband and said they had to replace the motherboard. It cost 7 millions rupiahs (around $583), equals to my family daily meals (from breakfast to dinner) for 2 months! It was too much. So, my husband took it home in its box and put it on the table. It looked like new. Meanwhile, still felt terrible, I searched in the internet: macbook air won’t turn on.
As I thought, we shouldn’t give up that fast, right? Who knows, an answer was waiting out there, somewhere to be found. Many results shown. Luckily, I chose the right one from youtube. The boy in the video, Butler said to let the Macbook for few days without plugging in the battery (so that its totally off), and then turned it on by pushing shift+control+alt option+command+power at the same time. Although it was on MacBook Pro, I decided to give a shot. Nothing to loose and it was free anyway. I waited for 3 days. Lived my life as it should be. In the morning. At 04.30, I pushed shift+control+alt option+command+power at the same time. Nothing happened. This Apple product still dropped dead. Then, I plugged in the magsafe 2 (another word: charger connector) to the MacBook. IT WORKS! It really works. I heard the chime sound. And the Apple logo came out in the screen. I felt SOOO GOOD. Like winning something unexpectedly. Like able to save our money 7 millions rupiahs. Like able to keep my important data.
I am wondering. Where was the Global Service Centre got the idea of replacing my Apple motherboard. An easy decision but very expensive for a customer. My Apple didn’t drop dead. It was just sleeping. Very soundly. My sleeping Apple had woke up already. Back to work with me. Again.
Disclaimer: the cheese banana sandwich in the right side of the MacBook Air has nothing to do with this story. It is only a support when my brain works and the stomach needs something to be digested.
Reposted with some adjustment for Daily Prompts: Sliced Bread