I’ve been using Apple computers both professionally and personally since the 1980s. I have a keen interest in the origins of the personal computer industry, in which Apple was a very significant player.
I don’t waste any time arguing about which computer or operating system is better – they are just tools, and you use the one that helps you be more productive. I’m the first to point out the failings of Apple and their products, but they have consistently topped the list in customer satisfaction, so they must be doing something right.
I’ve never camped out, or joined a ridiculous queue to try and get my hands on an Apple product first, but I do have a few vintage Macs in my collection, including an original “Macintosh”. I think my enthusiasm for Apple products helps me with my repair work as it makes me happy to bring the broken ones back into useful service.
This blog site is designed mainly as a personal resource, but I’m hopeful that over time it will become a useful collection of information about repairing different types of broken Macs.
I’m very selective about what I will repair and I prefer laptops rather than desktop computers. Most desktop computers in need of repair get sold without a keyboard and mouse. So if I am planning to resell them as a complete package I have to factor in the extra cost. And then there’s the space. If I have a few repairs on the go at any given time, the laptops are far easier to store. Another important factor is the resale. Laptops seem to hold their second-hand value much better than their desktop counterparts, so that gives me a better chance of selling for a profit. I stick to Apple Mac Laptops because they usually sell for more than an equivalent Windows laptop and there seems to be a good supply of second hand and after market replacement parts. And finally, laptops seem to get liquid damaged a lot, which can often be an easy repair. Most of the broken laptops I come across fall into three categories: liquid damage, cracked screens and failed graphics chips. I usually steer clear of the last two, and try to buy the liquid damaged laptops as much as possible.
Unfortunately though, I’m not the only person doing this, so the cost of buying broken Macs is remarkably high. There’s never any sort of guarantee that the computer can be fixed, so there’s a definite financial risk with every faulty Mac I buy.