Boot Up Problems with MacBook Pro 2017

Today my new MacBook Pro (15-inch 2017) arrived by FedEx.  Nope, I didn’t take a picture or shoot an unboxing video.  No time for that.

I purchased the MacBook from B&H Photo.  Yes, yo can get the better Coffee Lake processor with more RAM and most likely a faster SSD in the 2018 model, but that was too far out of my price range.  After I got over the initial hiccup with the setup (which is what this post is about), I am enjoying my new 2017 MacBook Pro.

While I was setting up the Mac, I received an error after connecting to my home Wi-Fi.  A critical software update was needed but there was an error.  I clicked Try Again, and everything seem to work.  I was able to set up with macOS High Sierra and everything was good to go. Critical_Software_Update_2Then I plugged in the charger, and nothing.  No power, no chime, no change in the battery icon.  Weird.  I rebooted the Mac and the same error came back, and nothing was letting me get past it.  I found a discussion on an Apple Community and it resolved my problem.

Here are the steps and the link to the article I found:

  1. TURN OFF MAC, REMOVE USB-C POWER SUPPLY CABLE AND ANY PERIPHERAL
  2. WAIT 10 SECONDS
  3. PRESS SHIFT + CONTROL + OPTION + POWER FOR 10 SECONDS
  4. WAIT 5 SECONDS
  5. CONNECT USB-C POWER SUPPLY
  6. POWER ON.

Minor issue fixed!  I am able to charge the Mac, update to macOS Mojave, install almost all of my apps, setup iCloud, and a few other things.

A Nice Weekend in Washington DC

The kids were off from school on Friday for a teacher in-service day, so I took the family to Washington, DC for a 2 day trip.  I’ve visited DC several times over the lat 25 years with my wife, and the Boy Scouts.  This trip, however, was my daughter’s first.  Our first stop was the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Unites States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a very emotional place to visit.  My daughter took in a lot of information during the visit.  Like the good student she is, she then repeated everything she read back to me and included information from books she read over the last few years.  As always, there were a lot of students walking around chatting, looking at their phones, and have no clue of the past.  Yet these are the same people who need a safe space because someone treated them unfairly.  OK, I don’t want to get started on something political, so I’ll move on.

We stopped for lunch at Shelly’s Back Room and I had one of the best Blackened & Blue Cheese burgers in my life.  The only thing that would have clinched it as a perfect meal would have been a draft beer.  After lunch we were off to the Whitehouse, World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and then to the Museum of Natural History, and we stayed there until closing.  We cover almost 9.5 miles! Then it was off on the Metro to Arlington, VA to the hotel.

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At the Museum of Natural History

Saturday we checked out a few more places including the American History Museum  before heading home for a Boy Scout Service Project.  All in all, it was a full weekend with the family.  Everyone had a great time, and I’m

looking forward to going back in March with our Boy Scout Troop to hike the city and check out some of the lesser known monuments.

The feature image on this post is a Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.

 

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The 1989 Batmobile (my favorite Batmobile)

iPod Touch 4 Still a Great Music Player

Last week I found an old email from Apple welcoming me to my iPod touch.  This was my third Apple product I bought, and it was amazing!  It came with 32GB of storage and can play all of my games, videos, YouTube videos, and music with space to spare.  I used this as my camera on our Disney World vacation, and took it camping with me.

Last year I wiped and reset the iPod and left it on the charger for the longest time.  I had no intention of using it in my Jeep.  My music is on an SD card and I use Sirius XM or stream Apple Music when I travel.  But the last couple of days, I’ve been driving my old Subaru which does not have an SD card reader or Bluetooth.  It has a an AUX connect that works well.  So yesterday I uploaded all my music to the iPod Touch and played music on the way to work, and I’m listening a rock music playlist with some of my favorite artists including Meat Loaf, AC/DC, Van Halen, Kansas, David Bowie, David Gilmour, and Bob Seger.

My iPod Touch is still working great for music, reading email, reminders, address book, and some web sites.  Definitely one of my better purchases.

Another Bike Ride at C&D Canal

Sunday night I met up with my good friend, Mike, and had a few beers and grilled burgers and brats.  He was talking about his Boy Scout Troop going on a bike trip on the C&O Canal and would like to get in a few practice rides at the C&D Canal.  This morning we started in Delaware City, Delaware and rode to Chesapeake City and back (about 29.2 miles in 2 hours and 14 minutes).  I closed out 2 rings (Exercise and Move) and just need to close out the Stand ring.

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I had a follow-up visit with my doctor and reported I was doing well, but need to keep it up.  It is easy to stop or cut back on exercise and start eating too much.  She is right, I can feel the difference because I cut back on how much exercise I was doings and started eating too many carbs.

For September, I’m going to get back on the exercise program and continue my weight loss and strength training.  I’ve lost 40 pounds to far.  According to the BMI, I’m still considered to be obese for my height.  I need to lose another 40 pounds to be in the normal weight.

April Challenge – 2018

Tonight I earned my April Challenge while on a practice hike.  We also spotted a few deer, a small red fox, and a friendly Yellow Labrador Retriever.

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Apple AirPods Battery Levels

I was skeptical when Apple released the AirPods back in December 2016.  I purchased the AirPods to work with my new Apple Watch Series 3, and the AirPods have worked very well except for a few minor times when Bluetooth would cut out (but I think that’s an iPhone 6S problem).

I wish I could figure out why the batteries in my AirPods show different levels.  I would be OK with it if the difference was within 3% of each pod, but not 12%.

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Maybe it’s because I double tap the right pod more than the left?