A look at the MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009) . . . in 2017

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The white polycarbonate unibody MacBooks are officially no more with Apple dropping support for the MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010), the last of this series, along with several other older models including the 13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2009), 15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2009) and 15-inch MacBook Pro 2.53GHz (Mid 2009). The end of support means Apple will no carry inventory/parts for nor make repairs to these models should you experience any hardware issues. However, you may be able to find third-party repair shops capable of making repairs albeit potentially expensive repairs.

While these models are considered older, outdated and obsolete by today’s standards, some can still run well if kept in good physical condition and with a few upgrades. For instance, let’s look at the MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009) series.

At the time of release, the base model MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009) came with a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM (upgradeable to 4GB* of RAM), NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of shared memory, a 250GB SATA 5400RPM hard drive (upgradeable to an optional 320GB or 500GB 5400RPM hard drive) and Mac OS X v.10.6 Snow Leopard. Additional features included: 8x Dual-Layer SuperDrive, Gigabit Ethernet, Built-in Airport and Bluetooth, Built-in iSight, Mini DisplayPort, two USB 2.0 ports, 3.5mm audio jack, Kensington lock slot and MagSafe with 60-watt power adapter.

Our MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009), which I coincidentally am using to write this post, was ordered to the base model configuration but customized with 4GB of RAM instead of 2GB of RAM. It’s currently running 8GB* of RAM, a Sandisk 240GB Solid State Drive (SSD) and Apple’s latest operating system, macOS Sierra v.10.12.

While the upgraded MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009) is a bit slower than the new MacBook product lines (and quite a bit heavier), it still performs quite well and gives our MacBook some new life. From running the latest applications to surfing the web, streaming audio and video, social media and so forth, the MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009) can still deliver and get the job done. And of course, if you need the SuperDrive and all those traditional ports, they are available on this model.

 

*The MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009) can support up to 8GB of RAM. The 4GB of RAM limit is based upon Apple’s official specifications at the time of product release. When upgrading to 8GB of RAM (2 x 4GB modules), verify that the RAM modules have been certified to work in the MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009). Some RAM modules may not be supported in the MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009) at the 8GB limit.

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On Broadway: Waitress

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and pie maker working at a small town diner trying to find a way out of an unhappy marriage and a chance at a fresh start and new life.

Jenna’s life soon becomes further complicated by an unexpected pregnancy and an affair with her new doctor; but a pie baking contest in a nearby town may give Jenna her chance for a start at a new life.

The broadway musical is based upon Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 film “Waitress,” book by Jessie Nelson with music & lyrics by singer/songwriter and six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles.

The show is an inspiring, captivating, relatable and touching story that will take you on a full, emotional journey topped with just the right touch of humor and reminds us that we shouldn’t settle to just be happy enough but to find our own true happiness.

Sara Bareilles, making her Broadway debut, currently stars as Jenna taking over the lead role from Jessie Mueller, who starred in the role since the show’s debut. Bareilles takes the stage for a limited ten week engagement (thru June 11th).

Bareilles and the entire ensemble cast put on a stellar performance (with some truly incredible vocal performances). The band is fabulous and the crew does a fantastic job keeping pace with all the moving parts of the show.

Waitress is currently playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in NYC. For more information on the show, check out the official site at the link below:

http://www.waitressthemusical.com

On Broadway: On Your Feet!

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On Your Feet! tells the story of Gloria & Emilio Estefan from their early meeting to their modern-day success. The show takes you on a journey through the ups and downs, highs and lows, challenges and struggles they faced, personally and professionally, on their rise to fame.

It is an emotional and inspirational story that touches on the impact and importance of family, life struggles & cultural barriers, the battle to rise above stereotypes, perseverance in the face of adversity and how love, passion, dedication, determination, family and a strong support system can help you overcome the darkest of times and reach higher than you could ever think possible.

The show has a fantastic ensemble cast and incorporates many of Gloria’s hit songs including “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “1-2-3,” “Reach,” “On Your Feet” and more. The show will touch your heart, make you laugh, cry, sing along, dance, and most importantly, get you up On Your Feet!

On Your Feet! is currently playing at the Marquis Theatre in NYC with Ana Villafañe and Ektor Rivera in the lead roles as Gloria and Emilio; respectively. Villafañe has played the role of Gloria since the show’s opening and Rivera took over the role of Emilio from Josh Segarra in July 2016.

On Your Feet! is truly a must-see.

For more information on the show, visit their official site below:

http://www.onyourfeetmusical.com

Dunkin’ Donuts: Merging Balances between DD Perks Cards

If you’ve used Starbucks cards, you probably know that Starbucks cards let you transfer balances from one card to another allowing you to quickly and easily consolidate all your funds onto a single card account.

Now head over to Dunkin’ Donuts and their DD Perks cards and you’ll quickly notice that there’s no option to consolidate balances onto a single card. Unlike Starbucks, if you have balances on a bunch of DD Perks cards, you have to spend the balances by using each of those cards.

Well, that has finally changed (sort of). With the latest release of the Dunkin’ Donuts app, Dunkin’ Donuts has added a new “Merge Balance” option which allows you to transfer balances between your DD Perks cards. After launching the app, go to “My Card” then scroll down and you will see the new “Merge Balance” option. Within “Merge Balance,” select the card you want to merge from and the card you want to merge to then press “Done.”

Keep in mind that DD Perks cards can only store up to $125 (previously $100) and once the card value is merged, the empty card will be removed. The “Merge Balance” option is only available via the Dunkin’ Donuts app. The feature is not currently available if you manage your account via the Dunkin’ Donuts website.