When my 5-year-old-laptop bailed on me, I reacted like any strong independent woman with a brain and an alarm clock; I handed it off to my husband and said “This is broken, please fix it”. Seriously.
Women have been fighting for equality for nearly a century, and yet it’s common to find the nearest guy when one of our electronics isn’t working*. Like me, many women who use computers daily don’t feel comfortable taking apart and putting back together their devices .
Being the feminist my husband is, he said NO……. but I’ll help you me to fix it yourself.”
First, I did some research on iFixit to find out what was wrong. It’s friendly homepage asks: “What would you like to fix today?” The site is organized by computer model, so I started by going to a page that specified in my 2010 13-inch MacBook pro. (HINT: Exact model numbers can be found on the back of your computer engraved in the smallest font imaginable. you may want to use a magnifying glass.)
I realized that I need to replace my trackpad, battery, and hard drive. To find the models I needed to order, I googled “2010 13-inch MacBook hard drive” and “2010 13-inch MacBook pro battery“…double checking model numbers and reviews on various sites, and comparing them to what iFixit showed in their instructions.
When I first started I was a bit nervous. I am a visual learner, and when instructions get too wordy, I lose focus. The clear and specific images on iFixit it were really helpful. (The images are model-specific because every model is internally quite different.) This guidance was perfect for me, but if you like things written out there are simple instructions as well. And iFixit’s brilliant toolkit, contained everything I needed to replace all three components.
My husband stayed nearby and documented my adventure…
I felt giddy with accomplishment when all was completed and my computer was up-and-running again! (It inspired me to looked online for other computer hacks. I found an old article on RookieMag about how to build your own computer completely from scratch for about $100. I’m down with that!)
An old-school relationship said “I love you, so I’ll do it for you”. My relationship says “I love you, so I’ll help you learn how to do it yourself”.
What in your life that needs fixing? Can a little research and encouragement help you do it yourself?
*(Women in programming and technology is a growing industry; this is not to discount that- it’s to encourage even more)