We now return to our regularly-scheduled programming

Apologies for the extended hiatus: I dropped my laptop a couple of weeks ago, which knocked me out of a commission for a few days, until I could get to the Apple Store to have it looked at. As I had initially suspected, the hard drive was broken. Luckily, I regularly back up my system onto an external drive, so I didn’t lose any data or files. The hard drive on my MacBook is user-replaceable, so beyond paying for a new one, I figured I wouldn’t have to pay for any labour. But I made out even better than that: Apple gave me a new hard drive for free — knowing full well I dropped my laptop. The technician explained that the model that was originally installed in my MacBook was proving too fragile in the similar circumstances and they were getting a lot of them back. Customer service like that is why Mac users love Apple so much!

This blog also reached a milestone during my little break, despite the lack of new material: there have now been more than 10,000 hits since I started a little more than a year ago. Thanks to everyone who has come by and commented — good or bad — and shown an interest in the topics discussed here.

Speaking of discussions, I’ll be in my usual spot tonight for Alberta Primetime’s weekly crime panel. Consultant and former Edmonton police chief Fred Rayner, and youth justice advocate Mark Cherrington will join me to talk about these topics:

  • A recent law passed in Ontario that bans drivers 21 and under from any alcohol consumption.
  • Child abandonment cases such as a recent one in Kananaskis, when a “father” left his child in a sweltering car for several hours while he gambled inside a casino.

(Alberta Primetime airs live at 7 p.m. MDT on Access TV: Channel 13 in Calgary; Channel 351 on Bell TV; Channel 267 on Shaw Direct. You can visit the show’s segment archive to view past discussions about crime and other topics.)

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