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Is the iMac running a newer OS? I remember there being issues with PC formatted drives on older versions of OS X. You can perhaps try using NTFS-3G to override the OS handling it:http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com
The problem is people will use their laptops differently. When I type or use the trackpad on a laptop, I don't rest my hands on the front. My sleeves or wrists would be there. It's actually quite difficult to use a laptop with palms rested there so I doubt the staining would be a common issue. The protector cover above even says that Apple recommends it for "demanding users". People on forums tend to react based on the assumption that everyone has the same usage habits as...
You should still be able to get to recovery mode by holding alt at boot but it depends on how old the machine is. If you don't have a working browser, you can download the latest Safari in the terminal: curl http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/18/32/041-6651/147ugedbeiqpz43czixlgawayfoa7tjyjv/Safari6.1MountainLion.pkg > ~/Desktop/Safari.pkg 10.9 Mavericks is a free upgrade in the App Store. Upgrading to the latest OS will bring the latest Safari with it.
Apparently so: http://davidvielmetter.com/tricks/macbook-pro-palm-rest-discoloration/ I doubt it will be as bad as plastic laptops and it describes how to repair it but it must be enough of an issue for there to be a 3rd party solution: http://store.apple.com/us/product/TW021LL/A/moshi-13-palmguard-palm-rest-protector-for-macbook-pro
I do think that, especially with the iOS devices. They make such high quality products from the outset now that people can happily hang onto them for years. They at least seal in components that will always go bad eventually to force a repair or upgrade - batteries and SSD will always fail eventually and the display has a good chance of going bad. But this is nothing like years ago when people had to deal with MHz clock speeds and KB of RAM and performance upgrades were...
Performance-wise, they are pretty much the same. If you don't get Applecare on the used model and it was bought when it came out, you'll only have 3 months warranty with it vs 12. Also, low battery cycles aren't always a good thing over long periods of time. Some people have reported early battery failures due to lack of use. They have chemicals inside that need to be activated regularly to stay healthy and there are recommendations to power cycle them every couple of...
There's a CPU benchmark here (click the 64-bit multi-core tab):http://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarksThe older i7 is 8% faster. Having the 512GB SSD is a plus over the 256GB but if you are going to pay $1500, you could get the top 13" Haswell at $1699 educational and then maybe $100 off in the Black Friday sale. This way you'd get a new machine, 512GB PCIe SSD, roughly the same CPU performance, graphics would be about the same, Thunderbolt 2 and longer battery life...
That's the problem right there, your MBP needs to see those regularly to stay healthy. You should check if your drive is going bad. HDDs have a typical lifespan of 5 years. Listen to the drive when it's hanging up to see if it's making abrupt clicking sounds. If it is, you should backup/clone the drive and replace it.I take it you have a MBP with the 9600M/9400M GPUs? Some of those had failures like the 8600M before it (logic board failure due to defective GPUs) but...
256GB is a little small to have Bootcamp but you can get away with about 50GB for Bootcamp and Windows 7, maybe a touch less. This would leave you just over 200GB for the Mac side. The later MBP also has PCIe SSD, which is quite a bit faster than the previous SATA model and you'll get Thunderbolt 2. If your friend's MBP is still under warranty, you might be able to get Applecare on it but I don't know if it can be applied, cancelled and reapplied. The 15" is great if you...
I've always felt they should bring prices down a notch to boost marketshare but I don't think the numbers work out. If their gross margins are 30%, a $1999 rMBP makes about $600 gross profit. If they drop the price to $1699, they have to sell double the amount to make the same profit. Apple sells about 1/3 the volume of the biggest PC manufacturers that are selling way down to $500. There's no way they'd double their volume at $1699 so all that happens is they lose money....
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