Originally Posted by Marinewright
Keep in mind these devices are becoming more difficult to open and service without proper tools and training. Longtime Mac users are becoming frustrated with this, but many people think dumbing down the entire experience is better in the long haul. Like it or not, it's happening.
Heh, they've always been that way. I used to be an Apple Service tech back when Mac's were relatively new. They took a host of specialized tools. Firstly, you had to have this foot long Torx driver because Apple recessed the top screws so far in. They did it on purpose, too, just to be difficult.
Then, you had a handy spring loaded spreader affectionately known as "the Mac cracker" to pull the front off the case without leaving pry marks from a chisel or screwdriver. It wasn't necessary if you didn't mind a ton of chisel marks on your really expensive machine...
And lastly, a huge ground sink for the tube (they were all-in-one back then) with the grin-inspiring moniker of "anal probe." One had to be diligent in grounding that baby out or it'd knock you on your tail if you brushed it.
They were way harder to work on back then, too. Just look at an original Powerbook and the static charge from your eyelashes when you blinked would fry it. That was after the "where is that last damn screw hiding" because half of them were under stickers of some sort. Hell, the third (I think) series powerbooks had to have the keyboards removed to open the case. Just a hair too much torque on a screw putting it back in and half the keys wouldn't press because the board was tweaked. Another hair and it would crack. I can't tell you how many machines came in for upgrades and left with new keyboards...
During the PowerMac years they tacked, and started making cases that were as easy as possible to open and access. CD-ROM bays were even on hinges so you could flip them up out of the way. The PowerPC Powerbooks could be sucessfully dissassembled outside a nuclear facility clean room. Life was good. And then I married and got a real job. Bummer.
At any rate, thanks for the ride down memory lane... Glad I don't have to do that anymore...