Laptops are becoming part an parcel of people’s daily lives.
And with that you’ll find your portable lives a more dangerous life than a desk locked Mac. Laptops get moved, lost, stolen and thrown around. They get dropping, are bouncing in backpacks and generally suffer faster wear both outside and inside their slim packages.
So what causes Mac laptops to lose their brains more often? Flashing question marks, missing startup disks, slow starts and other anomalies. Its not the moving, dropping, banging or general use but something much more insidious. Not spoken of much, a real issue for the travelling Mac are the electromatic and magnetic worlds they get placed.
Magnets and Radios
When questioned, people usually remember after the fact that the laptop was either set on or had something set on it. And if that something is something that generates powerful magnetic or radio signals there is an increased likelihood these can cause a bit, byte or data write on your drive to get scrambled thus causing the file that data belongs to become unreadable.
Ah ha, thats why my iTunes library is missing songs. Or worse yet the afected data is part of the computer boot up sequence, causing it to hang during the startup process. Yes its true, if you set your iPhone, iPad, portable speaker or some other electrical gadget down on top of your closed Mac, when that device rings, plays, alerts or otherwise gets energized, data loss on the disk drive a mere half inch away becomes a real threat.
Common devices you’l want to avoid getting up close and personal with a Mac.
- Other Laptops
- Microwave Ovens
- GPS devices
- Electrical wiring, (extension cords)
- Electric Tools
- TV’s and Stereos
Energies coming from these devices reduces logarithmically, the further they are moved away, for example at 1 inch energies are 100 percent and at 2 inches only 60 percent, 3 might be 25 percent. In addition to weakend strength devices usually have some shielding that protects nearby devices. But it doesn’t take much to scramble just a small segment of your drive’s data.
So be careful about where you set your laptop these days, Strong magnets are everywhere. From the trunk of your car to the dashboard you’ll find some danger zone that can cause damage to your drive. And that smooth flat surface of your laptop is so inviting to set your phone on. Don’t do it. You and your Mac will be much happier together.
C Denver Mac 2018