Thanks to the Hive Mind February 16, 2011 5:54 AM   Subscribe

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who commented in my AskMeFi thread about my slow iMac; you helped me narrow down the likely suspect.

After looking into all the possible fixes I could try on my own, I finally contacted AppleCare (and jumped through a couple more of their hoops, such as erasing the drive and reinstalling from scratch) before arranging to have the hard drive replaced. In doing so the tech who checked my system also thinks the logic board that was replaced last year might also be failing, something I'd not considered.

I'm hopeful that when the new hardware gets installed the system will resumed its normal snappy behaviour.

Anyway, I appreciate the input and hope this follow up might also help anyone else who might be experiencing slow performance on their machine.
posted by bwg to MetaFilter-Related at 5:54 AM (61 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

That's great news bwg, but since you've mentioned Apple I believe tradition demands that I turn your warm and friendly thread into a bitter war of words of ultimately little significance, so I hereby suggest that you install Linux instead.
posted by Abiezer at 6:00 AM on February 16, 2011 [19 favorites]


No soup for you, Abiezer! " )
posted by bwg at 6:01 AM on February 16, 2011


STOP IT STOP IT

bwg, thanks for this. It's felt like a twitchy few days around here and your reminder that MeTa is also a good place for a 'thank you' note is 100% excellent.
posted by mintcake! at 6:03 AM on February 16, 2011


Does this mean I've blown any chance of Best Answer?
posted by Abiezer at 6:08 AM on February 16, 2011


Abiezer: "Does this mean I've blown any chance of Best Answer"

A bottle of Jack Daniels would go a long way to swinging the vote.
posted by bwg at 6:10 AM on February 16, 2011


Pfft. Everyone knows Jim Beam is the only true bourbon.
posted by item at 6:12 AM on February 16, 2011


There should be a SnappleCare hotline.
posted by mintcake! at 6:15 AM on February 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


Q. I've got a mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and flour, but I can't get it to congeal into a semi-solid loaf.

A. Have you tried calling the ScrappleCare hotline?
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:22 AM on February 16, 2011 [8 favorites]


I find the suggestion I might engage in bribery offensive. I don't pay my lobbyists all that money to have any hint of impropriety directly linkable to me.
posted by Abiezer at 6:23 AM on February 16, 2011


I'd like to thank everyone who helped with my busted PowerBook (it's still broken), my silent car stereo (it's still silent), my dense matzoh balls (haven't many any since posting the question), helping me find beer in Palo Alto (I never did score a bottle of Russian River), my rosemary plants (no luck again this winter), and all the great ideas for bacon flavorings (my fucking cholesterol is through the roof). AskMe has been such a great help!
posted by slogger at 6:28 AM on February 16, 2011


item: "Pfft. Everyone knows Jim Beam is the only true bourbon."

Tried it, didn't like it as much.

Abiezer: "I find the suggestion I might engage in bribery offensive. I don't pay my lobbyists all that money to have any hint of impropriety directly linkable to me."

Think of it as a hope instead of a suggestion. " )
posted by bwg at 6:34 AM on February 16, 2011


I would like to further this discussion on bourbon, as I feel there are different "best's" depending on how you are consuming the product.

Oh wait, congrats on your fix!

For drinking straight, one must drink Turkey.
For drinking mixed, one must drink Jack.
For drinking rocks, one must drink Beam (and water, possibly.)

And now I would like to end this discussion, as I am right, and will hear of no other options.
posted by TomMelee at 6:37 AM on February 16, 2011


I'd like to thank you for being you.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:41 AM on February 16, 2011


TomMelee: "For drinking straight, one must drink Turkey.

Turkey, eh? I'll have to give it a try.
posted by bwg at 6:53 AM on February 16, 2011


Q. I've got my opponent's arms intertwined with my own, and my hand on the back of his neck, but I can seem to turn this into any sort of positioning advantage.

A. Have you tried calling the GrappleCare hotline?
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:54 AM on February 16, 2011 [4 favorites]


I've added another response that goes slightly beyond checking the SMART status.
posted by jeffburdges at 6:59 AM on February 16, 2011


I declare TomMelee's formula invalid on the grounds that Jack is not bourbon.
posted by EvaDestruction at 7:00 AM on February 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


Q. I've got my opponent's arms intertwined with my own, and my hand on the back of his neck, but I can seem to turn this into any sort of positioning advantage.

A. Have you tried calling the GrappleCare hotline?


They answered "Don't hold him like that."
posted by rokusan at 7:07 AM on February 16, 2011 [6 favorites]


All that advice is wrong.

I think you need a new hamster in there or maybe you should oil its wheel.
posted by chillmost at 7:29 AM on February 16, 2011


Knob Creek or GTFO, you heathens.
posted by Zozo at 7:48 AM on February 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


Something something PapalCare something something.
posted by kate blank at 7:55 AM on February 16, 2011


O snap, what was I thinking. You're right. Well...for non-scotch straight-american-whiskey, Jack's for mixing. :)
posted by TomMelee at 8:21 AM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well...for non-scotch straight-american-whiskey, Jack's for mixing. :)

Hence: Lynchburg Lemonade
posted by SLC Mom at 8:41 AM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Q. I've got all these pork scraps, bits of offal, and cornmeal, but I can't seem to turn this into any sort of interesting snack.

A. Have you tried calling the ScrappleCare hotline?
posted by elizardbits at 9:08 AM on February 16, 2011


man, i am a goddamn failure at reading this thread.
posted by elizardbits at 9:08 AM on February 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


*rushes in*

*pants*

Did someone let you know that you're computer's running slow because you don't have Win7 installed?

*catches breath*

*looks around*

*waits for BP*
posted by eyeballkid at 9:29 AM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Q: My congregation keeps complaining about the state of our church. The altar has water stains, the podium is crumbling, and our organ sounds like a dying cat.

A: Have you tried calling the ChapelCare hotline?
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:52 AM on February 16, 2011


Q: It hurts when I masturbate.

A: Have you called FappleCare?
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:57 AM on February 16, 2011


Q: I'm concerned about the pattern of my horse's coat.

A: Have you called DappleCare?
posted by Shohn at 10:16 AM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Q: I live in DC and my paper wasn't delivered this morning.

A: Have you called WaPoCare?
posted by kmz at 10:22 AM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Q: The kids are using the diving board while I'm trying to work out.

A: Have you called LapPoolCare?
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:26 AM on February 16, 2011


Q: I'm trying to make up another one of these AppleCare jokes but I am somehow blocked.

A: Have you called BabbleCare?
posted by Namlit at 11:05 AM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Q: My co-worker spreads some embarrassing stuff all across the office that I have told her in private.
A: Have you calle Blab-leCare
posted by Namlit at 11:08 AM on February 16, 2011


Q: I need some good spy novels.

A: Have you tried le Carré?
posted by kmz at 11:09 AM on February 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


Q. My husband was hit on the head by a stuffed moose and now he's goose-stepping around and offending the Germans staying at our hotel.

A. Have you tried calling BasilCare?

/kind of works, if you say it like Mrs. Fawlty.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 11:27 AM on February 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


I made feijao preto for dinner, it is delicious. That is black beans with belly pork, onions and garlic. Mmmmm.
posted by By The Grace of God at 12:05 PM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Q: Who's that guy from the Black-Eyed Peas with the stupid name with all the lower-case letters and periods and crap?

A: will.i.am.

Q: No, the other one.

A: apl.de.ap.
posted by box at 12:49 PM on February 16, 2011


Q: My pon haus is crumbly and won't cohere when I go to slice and fry it...
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:05 PM on February 16, 2011


A: have you tried upgrading your iCuisine?
posted by Namlit at 1:19 PM on February 16, 2011


Q: Every time I change a DVD, my thumb gets stuck in the slot

A: Have you called HaplessCare?
posted by Namlit at 1:22 PM on February 16, 2011


slogger: "I'd like to thank everyone who helped with my busted PowerBook (it's still broken), my silent car stereo (it's still silent), my dense matzoh balls (haven't many any since posting the question), helping me find beer in Palo Alto (I never did score a bottle of Russian River), my rosemary plants (no luck again this winter), and all the great ideas for bacon flavorings (my fucking cholesterol is through the roof). "

I too would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who've helped me out in AskMe.*

You've helped me identify things that I only half remembered, like that comedy sketch about middle class one-upmanship, a PSA about post-apocalyptic pre-schoolers and a 90s TV movie about cannibalism.

You've acted as unofficial tech support for things like Flashplayer, Microsoft Word, Google News and Nintendo DSi.

You've let me draw on the wisdom of the masses to compile lists of things like goofy internet holidays, games that incorporate nature, ways of frightening people and death scenes from children's books.

You also taught me a valuable lesson about framing my questions better when I asked about doing chores in my sleep.

Thanks Metafilter!

* Because I can't think of an Applecare pun.
posted by the latin mouse at 1:53 PM on February 16, 2011


Q: I'm having trouble with my quidditch balls.

A: Have you tried calling QuaffleCare?
posted by frecklefaerie at 1:54 PM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'd like to thank you for being you.
If you knew me, you wouldn't say that.
posted by dg at 1:55 PM on February 16, 2011


QUAFFLECARE YESSSS I knew it was worth waking up today
posted by Nattie at 2:14 PM on February 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


Q. I can't do that on stage anymore.

A. Have you tried calling the ZappaCare hotline?
posted by scruss at 2:20 PM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ohh! let me try.

Q: I have a question.
A: Have you tried AskMeFiCare?

How'd I do?
posted by unliteral at 2:26 PM on February 16, 2011


Q: I'm out of retorts

A: have you tried PunCare
posted by Namlit at 3:11 PM on February 16, 2011


Q: I'm looking for a long thin pastry made with choux dough filled with a cream and topped with icing.

A: Have you tried an éclair?
posted by Threeway Handshake at 3:15 PM on February 16, 2011


That would be elevated BunCare, no?
posted by Namlit at 3:17 PM on February 16, 2011


I have tried the AppleCare, SnappleCare, ScrappleCare, GrappleCare, PapalCare, ScrappleCare Redux, BP-beware, ChapelCare, FappleCare, DappleCare, WaPoCare, LapPoolCare, BabbleCare, Blab-leCare, le Carré, BasilCare (with the voice of Mrs. Fawlty), apl.de.ap, iCuisine, HaplessCare (oxymoron!), all of the suggestions in the latin mouse's AskMe history, QuaffleCare (and a side of Every-Flavor-of-Overthunk-Beans), ZappaCare, AskMeFiCare (I do!), PunCare (or PunkCare...just one velar stop away from AwesomeTrain), and BunCare, that was sitting in the thread. But please forgive me.
The problem still persists.
posted by iamkimiam at 4:01 PM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Counseling. Hands down. And don't eat that pizza slice on the counter.
posted by Namlit at 4:16 PM on February 16, 2011


Let's be clear here: if it's not from Kentucky, it's not bourbon. Jack Daniels is Tennessee whiskey (and a sorry excuse for a straight-up drink). Jim Beam and Wild Turkey? Well, yes, technically bourbon, in the sense that Snookie is technically a celebrity. If you're lucky enough to live somewhere in the U.S. that you can buy it, do yourself a favour and try Rock Hill Farms. Sooooooo good. Now to persuade the LCBO that they must start carrying it....
posted by Go Banana at 5:02 PM on February 16, 2011


How about Blantons...
posted by Namlit at 5:05 PM on February 16, 2011


Counselling. For you, not her. That slice of pizza is fine to eat.
posted by dg at 7:31 PM on February 16, 2011


That thread is still open. You can thank people there.

GRAR SCHMOOPY GRAR
posted by Sys Rq at 1:01 AM on February 17, 2011


Sys Rq: "That thread is still open. You can thank people there.

GRAR SCHMOOPY GRAR
"

Well, I did. some time ago.

But this development just occurred and reminded me that perhaps it would be good to be grateful in a place where more MeFites would receive it, seeing as AskMeFi questions scroll into oblivion fairly quickly.

So there.
posted by bwg at 4:26 AM on February 17, 2011


I'm just saying, the best place to "say thanks to everyone who commented in my AskMeFi thread about my slow iMac" is in that thread. It'll show up in their Recent Activity. Bam, targets your audience perfectly. Post it to MeTa, and you're counting on those people to check MeTa regularly (just one of them has checked in so far, I think), while filling MeTa with noise for the rest of us.

If everyone were to post their AskMe gratitude to MeTa, it'd bog down the subsite pretty quickly.

Honestly, though, I don't even think AskMe thanks are necessary, let alone MeTa'd AskMe thanks, except in extraordinary circumstances, which this absolutely is not. Being helpful is what AskMe is there for. Don't mention it.
posted by Sys Rq at 1:26 PM on February 17, 2011


I just wanted to pipe in and respectfully disagree with Sys Rq on part of what he/she said. I agree that in-thread is best bet, but I disagree that thanks shouldn't be expressed.

From my perspective, when someone helps you out---you thank them. When someone saves you money, you thank them. When someone helps you out AND you learn something AND you save money? Well hells yes, you thank them.

No, none of us expect it, none of us answer because ZOMG THE THANKS KARMA IS AWESOME, but there's absolutely zilch wrong about thanking someone, and if you're genuinely really appreciative, I suppose a MeTa about it isn't a bad thing.

People get all GRAR like there's some kind of limit on the number of daily allowable acceptable MeTa topics, kind of necessarily forgetting that they're not morally obligated to click on something they don't want to read, and secretly hiding that they come here looking for SnarkWars and Shmoopy and FlameOuts.

So anyway, no, we don't want MeTa's for every successful Ask, and yea in-thread thanks are great, but so are occasional group-hug threads too; at least from where I'm sitting. You may also consider MeMails for this kind of thing too, they're extra warm and smooshy, except for when they're not.
posted by TomMelee at 7:34 PM on February 17, 2011


Thanks, TomMelee, that about covers my feelings on the matter (don't worry, Sys Rq, since I already thanked him in this thread I won't do it again in MeTa).
posted by bwg at 1:56 AM on February 18, 2011


I see what you did there. ;-)
posted by TomMelee at 5:44 AM on February 18, 2011


TomMelee: "I see what you did there. ;-"

Shhhh ...
posted by bwg at 4:40 AM on February 19, 2011


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