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Fix: Sad iPod Face? Out of Warranty?

Posted in iPod by fernieville on June 12, 2008

Fear not!! My son’s 4G 40GB B/W iPod “died” and this is how I fixed it.

If your iPod isnt’ being recognized by your computer and it keeps restarting over and over and over again and displaying that pathetic and sad iPod face don’t throw it away!

Open the iPod (you can do it). It wont be pretty and it’ll scratch, but hey, it’s dead to you now anyway! Start near the FF button, push down with a thin screwdriver until the metal part separates from the plastic part. Be gentle but don’t fear, you wont break it. When you pry it all up, there is a ribbon attached to the metal part that bridges over to the plastic part…just remember not to make any sudden movements and open it slowly so you see it.

Anyhow, the thing that has the blue plastic around it is the hard drive that stores your songs! Just push up the connector away from the hard drive (don’t pull if you can…push is away from the bottom of the ribbon where it meets the hard drive).

Reseat the hard drive connector (fancy tech way of saying take it off then put it back).

Test your iPod before closing it…it worked right away for mine and hopefull it will for yours also!

Here is the pic (random web one…) on opening the iPod.

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iPod Touch-es your wallet

Posted in iPod, Mac, MacWorld 2008, Rant, Tech News by fernieville on January 16, 2008

iPod Touch users are being told to get over it! It’s only $20… but Apple missed the chance to come out of this the benevolent provider. A few months ago it released the iPod touch, a revolutionary player missing key applications that would make it 1 notch short of a phone! But instead of that, it was several notches short…5 applications short to be exact.

So this MacWorld Apple had the chance to say “gee, sorry everyone, we made a mistake and would like for you to enjoy these apps with your wireless iPod! Let’s make things right and here, have them as a free update.”

But that was not to be and instead they charge $20 for the apps, which is really cheap but it’s akin to tipping a waiter a penny because it sends the message: “I’m cheap and I hate you.”

Bloggers instead say: “See, but the iPhone is a continual source of revenue blah blah blah.”

I say: “So does the iPod touch…with iTunes integration, the iPod touch constantly brings in the cash for Apple.”

So what did MacWorld teach me this year?

a) Don’t be an early Apple adopter…you’ll pay more, even later.

b) We rather update later than give you things we already have, now.

c) Gone are the days of revolutionary technology WITH amazing bundled software.

I pay more for Apple products because I get more. And if this MacWorld is a glimpse of the new more-popular-Apple to come, I’m not liking it a bit. Withholding features for future sales is bad business and not very nice and makes me want to hack. Like that stupid $1.99 for “unlocking” 802.11n wireless on MacBooks. WTF?!?!?!?

Here’s your tip for this year’s MacWorld Steve Jobs: