GEEK ALERT! Ever upgrade your RAM in a Starbucks?

Yep, this is what a Macbook looks like when you take the back off panel off to remove the old memory and replace it with the new.[/caption]

Geek Alert! Ever upgrade your RAM in a Starbucks? I did. Today. I own a Macbook Pro 13″ Mid 2010 that I picked up on Craigslist. It works great, but needed some boost for my Adobe CS6 and music software. Going from 4GBs of RAM to 8GBs of RAM will do the trick.

There is a link at Apple that gives you instructions. In fact, you are taken there when you open the “About This Mac” and select “Memory” where you will see the link on upgrading. You will find some YouTubes on Google, if you hunt. Some of them are great. The upgrade process is easy. You will need a couple things to make it go smoothly, however.

First, proper tools make a difference. There are Apple tools available online and use of a plastic tool to pry open your back panel is far better than a metallic flat head screwdriver. You are gonna want to be careful to count and keep track of the screws.

The fun part of this is realizing how many times I failed as a home car mechanic as the businessman next to me said, “Wow, that is f—-in awesome! I have never seen the inside of a Macbook before!” For a second I was in childhood glee, living a fantasy that geeky people are actually cool. What a minute. That is indeed the truth.

Frugality means you buy on older, used machine and “pimp” it up rather than splurge on brand new fancy things. I really love the new Apple products. However, for less than a third of the price I am enjoying a previous year’s model. And, when you have lived with a machine that is five-years-old then 2010 or 2011 does not sound too bad.

The next projects are going to be upgrading the hard drive and self-installing a replacement battering in a few months when the current one will cycle out. I dare you. Try upgrading your computer in a Starbucks. It’s fun! More than that, try doing something yourself to save money.

 

 

 

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

22 comments

  1. Your next project should be upgrading to a SSD using CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper while in Starbucks.

    1. Actually, that is fairly close! But, maybe at a pizza place next time or taco place where I use my hands to eat!

  2. Yes – this is so cool. Changing the screen on my iphone required a more specialised environment 🙂 but I would have loved to do it in Caffe Greco, if only the light was a bit better.

    1. And, I still want to someday enjoy a latte with you in that place. 🙂

  3. Bro you are super studly in the geek department! I did something similar, upgrading the RAM and HD in my mid-2009 MBP. Got the kits from OWC. I would never have the chops to do it at Starbucks though. You plenty man!

    1. O course you could have done it! But, the risk of losing a screw or spilling coffee goes up in a public place.

  4. Bro you are super studly in the geek department! I did something similar, upgrading the RAM and HD in my mid-2009 MBP. Got the kits from OWC. I would never have the chops to do it at Starbucks though. You plenty man!

    1. O course you could have done it! But, the risk of losing a screw or spilling coffee goes up in a public place.

  5. Bro you are super studly in the geek department! I did something similar, upgrading the RAM and HD in my mid-2009 MBP. Got the kits from OWC. I would never have the chops to do it at Starbucks though. You plenty man!

    1. O course you could have done it! But, the risk of losing a screw or spilling coffee goes up in a public place.

  6. Bro you are super studly in the geek department! I did something similar, upgrading the RAM and HD in my mid-2009 MBP. Got the kits from OWC. I would never have the chops to do it at Starbucks though. You plenty man!

    1. O course you could have done it! But, the risk of losing a screw or spilling coffee goes up in a public place.

  7. Bro you are super studly in the geek department! I did something similar, upgrading the RAM and HD in my mid-2009 MBP. Got the kits from OWC. I would never have the chops to do it at Starbucks though. You plenty man!

    1. O course you could have done it! But, the risk of losing a screw or spilling coffee goes up in a public place.

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