The Bomb I Took on 30 Flights

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I thought I bought an Apple; what I got was a lemon. A flammable one at that.

Years ago I built my own computers from parts sourced by a Chinaman who ran a small warehouse in an industrial park in Westmont, Illinois. No big box retailer could beat him on price and so I eventually became a loyal customer of Han’s. My most frequent purchases were 3.5” SATA drives which I used for system backups.

When I moved to Bali I chose not to lug around those large SATA drives. Instead I bit the bullet, dropped a cool three grand on a MacBook Pro and started paying for iCloud – expecting Apple to keep my data safe. Sadly that was a mistake.

During my time owning a MacBook I learned that, not only was Apple tracking my machine in ways even paid versions of Little Snitch couldn’t stop, their iCloud storage was designed to prevent users from encrypting their backups.

The cloud takes away my agency to control the software in front of me.

Simon Phipps, during a talk with Doc Searls at freenode #live 2018

Afterwards, and as a result, when Apple Support told me to wipe my machine in order to safeguard my data I took it a step further, backed up everything, switched over to Linux and now encrypt my own cloud backups.

Doing all of this just to protect my data has cost me more than 3 months of work and eroded all remaining trust I had in Apple. Needless to say I wasn’t the least bit surprised to learn last week Apple is being sued for defrauding its paying iCloud customers. That’s a class-action suit I fully intend on joining.

And when that lawsuit is settled I hope to reclaim more of the time I lost so I can work to replace this FAA-banned fire hazard I’ve been lugging around in my backpack – now on its 3rd $80 power supply due to mechanical burnout.

I’m sorry to anyone I flew with during my bi-monthly trips out of Bali over the last two-and-a-half years. I didn’t know it at the time – but I took a bomb on your flight. It won’t happen again. Introducing the 15” MacBomb Pro Retina.