Aging PowerBook with Loose Teeth
Ugh. My poor little PowerBook has a few loose teeth on its keyboard. Heavy use of various keys - as well as a botched attempt at cleaning awhile back - have left a few of the "scissor" mechanisms a bit injured. I swapped some of these around to less important keys, but I'm debating ordering new parts. And that's not to mention the half-dozen or so keys whose paint my fingers are wearing through. Good thing I remember where A and S are.
Oh yeah, and my AppleCare ran out a little while ago. Hope the hard drive doesn't keel over again.
Also: I'm considering a new MacBook Pro in the next year or so. I really want to wait for favorable financial conditions, and the next revision or so of the hardware. I'd like to take better care of it than I have this 40-month-old (or so CoconutBattery says) 867Mhz G4 PowerBook 12". We have cats, so one of the nastiest things is that there's a micro-hairball woven under each keyboard scissor. Does anyone have any experience with those silicone keyboard protectors? Annoying? Worth it? Removal of the cats is not an option.
I just got a new battery for this thing, since my 45 second dashes between power plugs really annoyed me during LibraryCamp. Hopefully that wasn't a waste. Now, if I can just get the aluminum case unwarped, I'll be happier. This thing survived a car accident and got a bit buckled on one corner, so I can't complain too much about this little trooper.