Today was a painful day. I have had to give up my notebook for 6 days in order to get it serviced. I did everything I conceivably could to avoid sending it in, but in the end I was left with no choice. Although I saw some very interesting youtube videos on how to solve my problem, I decided that losing the entire notebook was not worth it. I was one of the earliest adopters of the Macbook Air and have had it for over a year now. Occasionally the notebook would get really hot, usually after intensive usage which caused the fans to start spinning at maximum speed. This resulted in an extremely irritating noise. The only solution was to let the notebook cool down, it would then begin operating normally. Given that this did not happen frequently, I had learned to live with the times that it would act up. The things we have to put up with for being loyal Apple customers!
A couple of days ago I was using the notebook extensively for intensive graphics work. A couple of hours later the noise from the fans surfaced again, I closed the notebook to let it cool down. After a short while I put it into it’s sleeve and went home. When I opened the notebook at home I noticed that it was still really warm, and as soon as I turned the notebook on the fans went crazy and started making awful noises. This is when I started panicking! I believe there are quite a few Macbook Air users that have been affected by this problem and Apple has yet to take any action to solve the issue. After searching through forums and websites where users shared their experiences, it appeared that I was left with very little choice. Either open up the system myself and diagnose the problem or give it in to the Apple service center.
I went with the latter option much to my despair. It feels weird not having my laptop with me. It is actually kind of scary how attached I have become to that machine. I think the next couple of days will be a good time for reflection. This notion of constantly being connected either through your phone, laptop or other portable devices seems to have taken over my generation. We have become overly reliant on them, and have lost touch with the real world to some extent. However,with the way things are moving, and with all of us becoming increasingly more connected through the internet, we will have to figure out where to draw the line. In the meanwhile I am going back to counting the hours before I get my laptop back!