Back in the Saddle … Finally

A little over a week ago, I was in the middle of an interesting week … and not in a good way. Whammy number one was a corrupted OS on my desktop computer. A visit to my local computer shop revealed that all was lost – I had key data backed up elsewhere – and there was no bringing the computer back … not without spending a fortune anyway.

Whammy number two occurred two days later. Checking my Kindle and iPhone, I had no network connectivity. A quick visual inspection confirmed my router was good but my modem was dead in the water. Fifteen minutes later I was on Amazon and ordered a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem, with one day shipping.

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The modem was an easy fix. However, replacing the computer required a little more thought. I was already sick of PCs and the Windows OS; it seems to me there are always issues. I had considered going with Apple the last time I had major issues but returned to the Windows fold … not this time.

Looking for a little guidance, I fired off an email to frequent contributor here at RetirementSavvy, Brian Tramuel, who I know to be an Apple fan and computer user. I informed him I was considering an Apple computer, and while it didn’t have to be the very best, I wanted something with plenty of memory, a robust processor, and a laptop that could reasonably take the place of a desktop. His suggestion? The 15.4″ MacBook Pro. He also informed me that he bought his refurbished and has not had any problems the last four years. I was sold, as you see above. I’m confident this refurbished MacBook – 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina, 16GB of SDRAM, 256GB Flash Storage, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics – is going to work out quite well.

While learning my way around the MacBook may take a little time, I’m already very pleased with the decision and of course, I’m firmly back in the saddle.

Blogger-in-Chief here at RetirementSavvy and author of Sin City Greed, Cream City Hustle and RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit.


  1. I bought my first Apple product, a refurbished iPad mini, directly from Apple. Only $50 less than retail price but same warranty. I also received a free half hour phone session with a technician.

    When we had electrical/internet issues made worse by an electrician (Mr G is still recovering) we used the fiasco as an opportunity to get rid of Windstream Internet and go with TimeWarner. We had already purchased a new router but since we both work from home, and all this came down during a work week in which we both needed a vacation day to get back up and running, we just went with the Time Warner modem/router and the monthly fee. When we quit our jobs in October we can experiment. If our router doesn’t work well, the Apple AirPort Extreme looks great. Do you know if it works just as well with Windows PCs?

    • ” … we used the fiasco as an opportunity to get rid of Windstream Internet and go with TimeWarner.” That has been my approach with our recent fiasco. While I’m disappointed some data was lost, I looked at it as an opportunity to improve some equipment and go a slightly different route. Already I’m pleased with the changes!

      Don’t know about Apple Airport and it’s operation/effectiveness in a Window environment; however, I imagine it works just as well. Maybe Brian has some experience and will chime in. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share your thoughts, my friend.

  2. I’m looking forward to the upcoming software updates to Mac and iOS. I didn’t even think about this when you talked about your modem issues, not related to a problem (other than a rental charge of $9 / month) but we ended up buying our own modem to not have to pay the additional charge. I didn’t realize it wasn’t both the modem and router and had to make a separate purchase for a wi-fi modem. I’m glad it happened that way because I ended up buying an Apple Airport Extreme. The purchases paid for themselves by providing a faster network with a larger coverage area (no weak spots in the house) while the cash evened out after 6 months.

    Very pleased with our Apple devices. I believe you will be very happy with your purchase.

    • Before the MacBook Pro, I had owned other Apple products including a first generation iMac, a couple iPhones, an iPad, and multiple Apple TVs. All were – have been – solid products and I have no doubt the MacBook is a well built device which will prove quite capable.

      In only a half day of use, I’ve already learned a lot about the differences between it and a Windows machine and most functions have proven pretty intuitive.

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