#533 Automator to Sequence Images, Tear Down a MacBook Air, Nomorobo, Bart & Steve Talk Pluto

Pluto!Remember no live show next week, and send in your audio contributions so Allister Jenks doesn’t have to work so hard! (Send them to me at allison@podfeet.com.) There’s a new Mac Roundtable at macroundtable.com episode #228. I created an Automator Service to generate sequenced images from Apple Photos – download from Dropbox if you want a play with it. I walk you through how much fun I had tearing apart a 2012 MacBook Air. A fantastic service called Nomorobo from nomorobo.com will cut way down on robocalls to your house. In a fantastic Chit Chat Across the Pond, Bart and I are joined by Steve Sheridan to talk about the exciting developments in our understanding of Pluto. We even try to explain why it’s not feasible to call Pluto a planet.


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Can I Fix a Shorted Power Button On a MacBook Air?

close up of the power button after I cleaned itMy neighbor Naila across the street has an adorable baby girl. As many of us know, small children and laptops can be a terrible combination if there’s any liquid nearby. The good news is the little girl only knocked a water glass over into Naila’s MacBook Air. Naila took it over to Apple, and they told her it would cost more to repair than it was worth so she bought a new machine and moved on with her life. I begged her to let me take a look at it and see what I could do. The model is a mid-2012 MacBook Air, 120GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. Not a power house by any means but sure seemed to be worth trying to save.

I did an article for Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online Magazine for iPad this month on how fun it is to tear hardware apart and how I regret all the years I was afraid of it. I walked down memory lane talking about how easy it used to be on the old Mac Pros, to how hard it was when Pat Dengler let Steve and me tear apart an old desk lamp iMac, to how it had turned into a jewelers skill on the iPhones and how Honda Bob and I conquered that task anyway. I’ve really gotten the bug to fix hardware so I thought this would be a fun project.
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