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Comment: Re:I'm surprised. (Score 1) 153

by michaeldot (#27187521) Attached to: MacBook Modded With Second Monitor Inside Logo

I've had (and expressed) lots of problems with Apple hardware in the past, but case design isn't one of them - albeit, Apple has gone substantially backwards in many regards. Ever take apart, say, a Mac IIci? It's actually kind of a joyful experience. Now, ever try to disassemble a classic iMac to make some upgrades? Egads! Even fucking around with the blue-handled Xcelite MacCaseCracker on a classic doorstop Mac is pleasant by comparison. I haven't taken apart a Mini, but the instruction photos leave me shaking my head.

I build my own PCs, but every so often I do get to pull apart a Mac of various vintages - most recently, a Mac Pro to put a Broadcom 802.11n module into it (the most IIci of their current line), and a base Mac Mini to bump it to 4 GB and a 500 GB drive (interior design reminiscent of a Cube).

It's actually a very satisfying experience being in amongst the Apple hardware: there's a certain artistry to getting the most use out of the diminished space of their designs, and the feeling is more of being a delicate caver exploring a new miniature subterranean world than serviceman.

The analogy is that building a PC is like "electrical" wiring where you route power cables under floorboards or up walls, there's space aplenty. Inside an Apple is like "electronics" where every atom of space counts. The Mini is like a large PSP.

There's no question you have to delicate turn your delicate setting to 11 when operating inside a Mac.

A PC you can basically upgrade with a blunt hammer.

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