What I'm curious about is: when this happens and the battery doesn't charge, the computer slows to a crawl, just like a hard drive with a bad blocks failure, including frequent SPODs. Checking logs, SMART, and Activity Monitor doesn't reveal any problem. Searching the system log for "temp", "hot", and "heat" yields nothing. Booting to an external diagnostic drive is only slightly better. But shut down and allowed to cool off for a while, it's back to normal, which is why I think this is temperature-related.
What exactly is going on to make it slow down? When I'm not careful to keep my iPhone out of the sun, it will tell me it's too hot to function. Will a computer ever do the same, or will it just valiantly soldier on to the best of its ability?
I’ve had many hard drive—and more recently, SSD—failures, and in most cases they won’t get to this state if the drive is bad. I suspected that it was a linkage between the drive and the laptop that was at fault, and suggested Haris try to swap the cable. He wrote back:
I bought a new hard drive cable and then the problem was solved. It seems that the MacBook Pro from 2011–2012 have some issues with the hard drive cable failing after some time.
A Macworld article from 2013 by Chris Barylick cites cable failure as one of the most common problems he saw working at a university-run tech-repair shop.
For example, instead of my password being: ‘MyPassword’, I would make it: ‘mYpassworD. This would make it more difficult for someone to guess or gain access to your password. Numbers and symbols would also help add strength to your passwords but I would urge you again to use them in various less typical ways. Rather than the password ‘MyPassword1`, I would instead use the password, ‘mY!passworD’ which varied the capital letters, swapped the ‘1’ with ‘!’, and moved this to a less obvious middle of the two words. These simple changes are still fairly easy to remember and will add a high level of difficulty to your passwords.
If you choose Account > View my Account in iTunes, iTunes will tell you how many Computer Authorizations you have.
“iTunes in the Cloud” is a weird phrase, one of the many perplexing phrases you’ll find in the complex back corridors of iCloud.Just click the Manage Devices button and you’ll be presented with a list.
If you can't receive the password recovery email on the iForgot page, there is also the option to answer security questions. If those don't work for you either, yes, you have to call Apple and answer their questions, but they will unlock the account for you. They normally make you wait a day or two, probably to prevent fraud.
A new piece of Mac-targeting malware is in the wild, potentially allowing hackers to remotely execute code and even control the FaceTime camera on a user's computer, but Apple's own Gatekeeper security prevents the unsigned app from being installed.
Yes, Macs can get malware. Beyond traditional viruses, worms, and Trojans, there’s now a thriving ecosystem of adware and spyware programs that bombard you with ads and spy on your web browsing, just like on Windows.
Are your passwords strong enough to resist an automated attack? If you believe any of several common password myths, they may not be. In this installment of FlippedBITS, Joe Kissell examines a few of the most dangerous myths about password security and explains smarter and safer practices.
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