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CPR for an old MacBook Air


Once upon a time, I picked up a 2nd generation (2,1) MacBook Air (Late 2008), 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 120GB HD, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256MB, and was thrilled with how small it was. 3 lbs woo!

MacBook Air

It ran 10.5 briskly. Then I made the mistake of upgrading to 10.6 and that’s when I pretty much stopped using it. It was dog slow and I was too lazy to downgrade back to 10.5. But recently, while cleaning out my old technology boneyard, I thought I’d give it another go at being useful. Always good to have a laptop around the house when you need to do something like remote desktop spy on your kids to make sure that they’re not on tumblr or playing CS:GO http://blog.counter-strike.net/. If CPR can be made as easy as 2 steps …

I picked up an OWC SSD replacement (Mercury Aura Pro MBA) and whew! It’s snappy. Upgraded to 10.7 and still snappy. 10.8? Snappy. 10.9? Less snappy, but definitely usable. So I’m pretty annoyed at myself for waiting so long to get on the SSD bandwagon, although I’ll be the first to admit that it was because I didn’t want to pay for something that wasn’t really working cost related. This is a 7 year old machine after all. I wonder how well it’ll do with Yosemite or El Capitan?

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