A short while ago, one of the Power Mac G5 editing systems at work stopped working. My first response was to run the Apple Hardware Test, which revealed a problem with the video card. We called AppleCare, who dispatched a technician to take care of the problem. Much to our surprise, the cause of the graphic card failure turned out to be quite unexpected, as shown in this video. Who would have thought that the cooling technology uses in this digital age machne would be the cause its own near-death experience, a reminder of the value of AppleCare protection for your Macintosh, and that in rare cases Macs can eat themselves from the inside.
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The video was shot casually in a matter of minutes with a Canon PowerShot S410 digital still camera in movie mode and edited using Final Cut Pro on the train ride from Boston to New York on the way to Podcamp NYC. Once I got to Podcamp, I uploaded the video to blip.tv thanks to the WiFi access provided by UrbanHotspots. Piano performed by Howard Apley.