In 18 years of computers, I’ve never had a machine physically break until last Friday, when my PowerBook G4/400’s hinge broke, severing half my LCD from the machine. The LCD is functioning normally: the blue bundle of cables that connects the screen to the logic board is still securely attached, though it is now exposed. The screen, meanwhile, is balanced on the one remaining hinge, not a pleasant sight to say the least. This might qualify as an ‘Extreme PowerBook’, were it not that the breakage occurred during normal use, not as a result of some catastrophe. Indeed, I hadn’t even noticed the break occurred until I opened my well-padded case and discovered it. Close inspection suggests that stress over time and poor design contributed to a fracture in the hinge around the two metal screws that affix it to the case.
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