Yes, it’s “bad luck’s fault” for us. Fair Future has been forced to invest in unbudgeted computer equipment for its field teams, and it’s painful!
Within two weeks, two of our MacBook Pro-type laptops failed us. Having them repaired is extremely expensive, according to the Apple Service Center.
As I said above, there are days when nothing goes well. You will tell me that “that’s life”. To which I answer you, “yes, indeed, I agree with you…”. But hey, I will try not to say bad words, but this is really “a financial obstacle” for the rest of our work and actions in the field.
I will tell you what happened and, for transparency, what we had to do to continue working. But above all, it’s incredible how much we depend on our computers, our IT tools. Having spent a few days without my laptop, I can say that in the 21st century, working without a computer tool, without a computer that you take everywhere with you, is just impossible. Is it not?
The history of the MacBook pro 13” of 2019
A little over six months ago, we had to change the battery. It cost us CHF.450.-. Previously, we had to change its motherboard. It cost us CHF.830.-.
Three weeks ago, the 2019 MacBook Pro 13” purchased in Switzerland, which Kawan Ayu uses for his excellent communication and reporting work and field actions, broke down. Suddenly the screen went blank. We have all tried to restore the situation, but it seems to be a hardware problem. So we brought this computer to the nearest Apple service, and the diagnosis is as follows: The screen must be completely changed.
Repair costs: IDR.12,000,000.-, or nearly CHF. 800.-
The chosen solution: It’s starting to do a lot, and we’re a little tired of these breakages. Therefore, we have acquired a new 13” MacBook Pro from the latest generation. This cost us IDR.25’999’000.- or CHF.1’667.-.
The history of the MacBook pro 16” of 2021
This computer is the work tool of Kawan Alex (me), the foundation that acquired it in 2021. I cannot do without it. He is the one who essentially manages the foundation and tells you what we are doing in the field. As part of my work, this computer follows me everywhere. I use it for activity reports, control of actions, feasibility studies of a project, and establishment of accounts of my visits to villages and families. But here’s what happened while I was in East Sumba, working in the field:
I took it out of my backpack, I wanted to turn it on, and a small dull explosion, accompanied by small flames, came out of the vents and various ventilation present… Then, absolutely nothing, total nothingness. As soon as we returned to Denpasar base camp, I also brought it to Apple service, and the diagnosis was just amazing: You have to change the motherboard and the screen.