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I’ve used them all.confession

Call me an equal opportunity technologist. I’ve given them all a try. From Windows to Linux and everywhere in between. Do I have my have opinions? Absolutely. Do I participate in the “Holy wars” for OS? Yes, on occasion, for entertainment in my life. So I thought it would be fun to write a few confessions about my experience. It’s purely for entertainment. 🙂

Mac OS

  • The ultimate OS right? Yet so many run Windows Parallels and I find that ironic.
  • I inherited a MacBook hand-me-down from daughter. To my frustration, Apple capped the MacOS upgrade level. It also ran super hot around the power cord connector so I had to download a special app for fan control and heat. I found these were common complaints via internet search. In the end, it was not a great experience.
  • Can we just agree on keyboard keys and shortcuts please?
  • Many Mac OS X zealots may not realize that  Mac OS is a Unix based operating system.
  • While viruses aren’t as prevalent on Mac OS. Mac OS is not immune to viruses as some have told me with a smirk.

Windows

  • Oh please Mr. PC tell me why you get slower with age? If your registry is bloated then give me a way to release the blockage please.
  • A breeding ground for viruses. Virus scanners are pricey and taxing to system performance.
  • Windows XP and IE 6. A match made in heaven and a marriage that outlived many attempts to kill it.
  • I have confirmed how long it takes my PC to boot in the morning. I turn it on. Then I go to the break room to put my lunch away and to get a cup of coffee. When I return, it’s ready to go. That’s Windows 7 and a platter based disk. (I’ve seen better with Windows 8 and a SSD.)
  • Windows 8? I get it.

Ubuntu Linux

  • It gave a few of my old PCs new life because it has less hardware requirements than Windows.
  • You can’t beat the price!
  • Software availability isn’t the best. Open Office has the basic features needed for word processing and spreadsheets. But it can lack the advanced features for power users and may not fully read a document prepared in MS Office.
  • Support is plentiful on internet forums. But I’ll admit, you have to be a geek to understand it.

Chrome OS

  • You’re right Google. I mostly just need a browser to complete my computing activities.
  • Google Docs is great. But just wait until someone passes a MS Office document to your non-techy spouse using a ChromeBook.
  • Boot-up time is amazing.
  • It’s really a “cloud” terminal.

Android

  • It works well for me because I’m in the Google ecosystem. Google docs, Gmail, Google contacts, Google+ and Google Voice.
  • Performance tends to lag at times. But I realize it’s tough to make judgements on this. Google doesn’t lock and control the hardware. So many combinations, so many possibilities.
  • Android phones don’t focus on simplicity. Some customizations can be hard to find, like speed dial and email account setup.

iOS

  • It’s not perfect as some make it out to be.
  • My daughter had reception problems from a dorm room in the basement of a building. I asked her to use wifi-calling, but found out it’s not supported yet. I’ve been using that for years on my Android device.
  • The marketing at Apple is the best. I’m not an Apple fan-boy, but their ads have won over an allegiance and created a brand title wave.
  • Let’s be honest, Apple die-hards are a bit snobby.

Removing a broken headphone jack from a Macbook – Solved

Several weeks ago my daughter updated to a new MacBook Air after using a MacBook for six years. I inherited the MacBook for general use and since I don’t normally use Macs, I was happy to get a chance to play with one.

But there was a problem. A headphone jack tip broke off inside the Macbook. Peering inside I could see a very small stem of the piece where it was broken.

What didn’t work.

My first thought was to try to pull it out with a pair of tweezers. But I was not successful with this approach as the width of the headphone jack port wasn’t large enough to maneuver the tweezers to grasp the broken tip.

So I searched google for tips on removing a broken headphone jack inside a computer. I was surprised to find that this was a very common problem. There are numerous blog posts and youtube videos with tips on how to remove the broken piece.

Most of the articles I read suggested using some type of super glue or epoxy with a thin applicator such as a Q-Tip or paper clip. I attempted this several times but could not lift the piece out of the socket.

Then I took the MacBook apart with the hopes of getting a better angle to the broken tip. This doesn’t work as the headphone jack port is completely enclosed in it’s own casing. Even without the white plastic casing of the Macbook I was unable to get the tweezers in with enough grasp to pull it out.

What finally worked.

Out of desperation I went to a neighbor’s house to ask for him for some ideas. After various trials and failures we did what we probably should have done at the beginning; we asked a woman. My neighbor’s wife brought us a pair of Craft Tweezers that she uses for scrapbooking.

craft tweezers

These tweezers operate in reverse from traditional tweezers in that they start in the closed position. If you apply pressure to the tool the ends open. Additionally the tip of the tool is razor thin. This type of construction allowed me to insert the tool in the jack cavity and then apply a bit of pressure to slightly open the ends. With that I was able to grasp the tip of the broken headphone jack and pull it out.