Seems legit.

by Joey deVilla on November 25, 2015

star wart

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I’m sure the Disney lawyers are already on this case.


sad weird al in airport security

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He’s still not as sad as Billy Corgan at Disneyland.


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The 15″ MacBook Pro.
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SOLD! as of Monday, November 23 at 11:00 am Eastern.

Attention cash-strapped web and mobile developers! Hey, starving artists and musicians! Look here, budget-conscious students! If you’ve been pining for the one-two killer combo of a Mac laptop and iPad, but can’t get them because they’re out of your price range, I’m selling my trusty early 2011 15″ 2.2GHz MacBook Pro and 32GB iPad 2 as a kick-ass budget package for $700.

Go ahead, go look on eBay and see what they sell for individually, and when you’re done, come back here and read on!

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The iPad 2.
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Here’s a screenshot of the Mac’s specs, as reported by the “About This Mac” dialog box:

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This model features the “Sandy Bridge” 2.2 GHz Intel “Core i7” processor (2720QM), with four independent processor “cores” on a single silicon chip, a 6 MB shared level 3 cache, and integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics. It has the stock 750GB 5400 RPM hard drive. You can get the full set of specs on this model from

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I maxed out the RAM to 16GB with a pair of Crucial 8GB DDR3/DDR3L-1600 MHz (PC3-12800) SODIMMs purchased from Amazon in 2014.

simply mac

I got it in early 2011, which means I qualified for the recall (a number of them, including mine, started experiencing video issues), which means I was eligible for a replacement motherboard, which I got in April 2015. It may be a 2011 machine, but it’s only 7 months old on the inside!

Here’s CoconutBattery’s report on its battery:

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In addition to this battery, I’m throwing in an additional new battery, complete with the hard-to-find tri-wing screwdriver required to install it.

I’ve taken good care of the Mac, always carrying it in a carrying case, and then inside a padded laptop knapsack or bag. Take a gander at these photos to see what good shape it’s in — here’s the top with the lid shut:

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Here’s the top with the lid slightly ajar so that the apple is lit:

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Most laptops take a fair bit of abuse on their underside. This one’s in quite shape, with brand-new rubber feet, which I got at the same time as the motherboard replacement:

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Here’s its left side:

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From left to right, the ports are:

  • MagSafe power port
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
  • Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)
  • Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
  • SDXC card slot
  • Audio line in
  • Audio line out

Here’s its right side:

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From left to right, what you’re looking at are the slots for a security cable and the SuperDrive (combination DVD/CD drive). My one caveat is that the SuperDrive hasn’t been working reliably, but it’s 2015, and unless you’re planning to use the Mac as a CD/DVD player, this shouldn’t be an issue. I haven’t used it in ages.

And finally, here’s a closeup of the keyboard and trackpad:

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Like the MacBook Pro, the iPad is also a 2011-era device: a black 32GB wifi-only iPad 2 with A5 processor. Wikipedia can give you more about its specs.

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Also like the MacBook Pro, it’s been well taken care of — always in a case, and never dropped. Here’s a pic of the back, the most-abused part of a tablet:

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I’ve got better things to do than to try and wheel and deal, and I’d rather get some nice machinery in your hands and a decent amount of money in exchange. That’s why this combo is so reasonably priced.

Interested in this deal? Drop me a line at, and let’s talk! [Update: Sorry, it got sold!] I’m based in Tampa and would prefer to sell locally, but if you’re willing to cover shipping, I’m willing to ship…


Coming changes to the Statue of Liberty

by Joey deVilla on November 21, 2015

offer may vary



by Joey deVilla on November 21, 2015



Hey, kids! Need a really cool name for your band?

by Joey deVilla on November 20, 2015

your new band name

Once you come up with your band name, post it in the comments! Better still, if you tell me your credit card’s expiry date, I’ll send you a postcard from Hawaii!

Thanks to Peach Flambee for the find!

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Only Chewbacca’s hairstylist knows for sure!

by Joey deVilla on November 19, 2015

chewie switched conditioners

It’s either a new conditioner, or Han’s been adding a raw egg to Chewie’s Wookiee Chow.