Re: Happy with their Choices
He cares what his partner's relatives use because, like many tech geeks, he (and I) want our friends, etc., to get good economic value for their tech investments,
Surely you want your friends and family to be happy with their tech investments too?
Not everyone places economic value at the top of their personal check list, that one took me years to understand.
Plus, if you've spent many years being free tech support for everyone, it can be very liberating to just go 'Oh... is that an Apple, no, sorry I don't know anything about them'.
and for them to not support corporate assholes.
If you want a phone that does 'modern things' you're kind of out of luck here unfortunatly. :(
I understand his partner's relatives viewpoint: they want to throw (perhaps "too much") money at problems they won't want to spend their time solving.
Yes. Time has value too, especially as you age. The amount of 'fucking around' I want to spend getting a piece of technology to work in my 40s is far lower than the amount I'd spend in my 20s.
On a practical note, is it possible to easily open a modern Mac and replace the RAM and HD within? Will they work with "standard" RAM and HDs/SSDs?
The poster above was referring to an old mac, if it's one you can replace the RAM in then it will take some standard (probably laptop) RAM. I had an iMac from 2013ish, that took standard SO-DIMMs of some variety. (DDR3 I think?)
Replacing the HD in it was sustantially harder though, and involved removing the bonded screen. Which then required special tape to re-attach. Not for the feint hearted.