My iMac crashed

Last week my 7 month old iMac crashed and I had to take it in for repairs.

I have no idea what happened. It was left on, I came back and it was not working. I tried different outlets, a different power cord, still nothing. When I tried to turn it on, it was making a noise like it was trying to initiate the startup, but couldn’t do it. I am hoping that I will be able to get it back next week. In the mean time, I have been using my old MacBook that is almost 6 years old. It doesn’t handle a lot of programs at once, but at least it works! n’D

I also decided this week that I would no longer provide free hosting and I am switching to a smaller VPS instead of a whole dedicated server. There are two main reasons why I decided to do this. First is that due to a low exchange rate it was costing me over $300 AUD a month for the server. Second, is that I would like to start saving money so I am able to travel and get my own car. Because the expense was so large, it was the logical move to downgrade. It’s not an easy decision, especially when I do love to host websites, but sometimes you have to make a choice that is going to help you personally.

It was also a sad week. We lost David Bowie and Alan Rickman, two incredible artists. I made two ‘artworks’ as tribute to them.

bowie  snape

Oh, and this is the featured image illustration. Poor sad Mac. :P

sadimac

Hopefully I can get my iMac back very soon. :love:

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About the author / Kya

I am Kya a twenty something who loves art, cute things, design, illustration, photography, reading, writing and creative adventures.

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  • Accccck. That sucks your iMac crashed! I hope you get it back ASAP! I went nuts when my own PC power supply died and took my motherboard with it. It was only about 4 and a half year old, so I wasn’t pleased. I ended up getting a new custom-made PC about a month after that. I got my new one in 2013, and now I’m trying to make sure it won’t die on me by having a professional do maintenance on it and clean it out for me LOL. I can do the basic cleaning, but I’d feel more comfortable with a pro doing it.

    I think it’s sensible that you downgraded your hosting. Paying over $300 AUD a month is just far too much! It’s good you’re going to save for travelling and a new car. I know you love hosting people, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.

    Thank you for sharing your art of David Bowie and Alan Rickman. They’re a very tributes <3

    Here's to hoping you won't have any more technology issues!

  • The iMac looks so sad! Lol, poor thing :P I hope when it’s back from repairs that they were able to revive it for you.
    I think you’re making the right decision in downgrading your hosting/not hosting people for free. I didn’t realise you were paying so much! That’s a massive outlay every month that you could definitely be using for saving.
    I’m currently using a Sony Vaio ultrabook laptop that I bought in 2013. It’s been fairly decent… even when one day is fell off the couch, while open, onto a tiled floor! I thought it was done for but it was ok.. phew.
    I’ve had other computers crash, it’s so frustrating that one day they work fine and then the next they don’t. That’s technology for you I guess.
    I know there are a few free hosts around but I’m not sure about their reputations and wouldn’t be comfortable recommending them for other people.

  • Sara

    Try switching off your computer after you’ve used it. It’s not good to leave it on overnight. I did this a lot with my Macbook.

    What type of computer do you have?
    – I have a very old Macbook, and I use an iMac at work. But I can also work with PCs as I used to use one anyway.

    When was the last time you got a new computer?
    My Macbook, which was like 8 years ago lol!

    Have you ever had your computer crash?
    Not yet…

    Do you know any free website hosts?

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your iMac!

    I have a 6-year-old Macbook Pro and I upgraded it 3 years ago with a SSD so it’s running great and I haven’t had any slow downs. The last time I got a new computer was 6 years ago. Surprisingly, I feel like I have no needs for an upgrade any time soon.

    I haven’t had a computer crash on me, fortunately.

  • What a bummer with your iMac, I hope they can fix it. Macs don’t usually do such things but I get the impression that if they do, there’s usually something hardware-related that is easily fixed. I have a Macbook Pro from 2012, and it works like a charm. Before that I had an iMac, which I miss a LOT, but when I started doing layout jobs and photography, it was to weak for the Adobe programs. The only computer crash I’ve had so far was an old pc that I bought from work, but luckily I had already switched to Mac and had another laptop when it crashed.
    Now I haven’t bought a computer since 2012, this one is still brilliant. But I bought an iPad mini last year that I use when I travel.
    I’ve been browsing a lot for hosting lately, and I think I saw someone talk about a free host on her blog, but right now I can’t remember who it was. If I find it I’ll let you know. I use Stablehost now and have decided to use WordPress for my photography blog, and Anchor CMS for everything else (for now). If someone comes up with a decent commenting system that works with Ghost, I will likely switch to Ghost and use Serversaurus as hosting. They are cheap and good for Ghost hosting but seem too expensive for my taste for other hosting. I thought of trying a VPS to learn that sort of thing, but haven’t been able to find enough tutorials online about how to install and manage things.

  • Noo, poor iMac :( It sucks when technology gives up on us, we’re so reliant on it to just work. I hope you get your computer back soon!

    I got a new computer last year, or the year before… I honestly don’t remember :p It’s a Windows PC, custom built by my boyfriend. So far it’s running great (knock on wood) but I have a really cheap and crappy monitor that probably needs replacing soon.

  • Ana

    That really sucks; Mac computers hardly get damaged…maybe that’s why, when they do, it’s never something you can’t fix it at home. owo

    1. What type of computer do you have?
    I have a fuchsia 2011-12 Sony VAIO and a MacBook Pro 13″ (the model with the dvd player).

    2. When was the last time you got a new computer?
    Christmas 2015, when I got the MacBook Pro. <3

    3. Have you ever had your computer crash?
    Yes, twice: my assembled Windows XP desktop, and my old Samsung laptop.

    4. Do you know any free website hosts?
    FREE DOMAIN: Snowblush.com, SoLovely.org; FREE SUBDOMAIN/PAID DOMAIN: IceGlow.net, ofBlue.org, Toxicblush.net, LittleDancer.net

  • Poor iMac! I hate when stuff like that happens.

    I missed my MacBook Air when the keyboard decided to act up. It would randomly type and not type. >_< But they were able to fix it.

    Least you have something to use in the meantime!

  • If it makes you feel any better, last month I had to send in my six month old HP laptop because I had an accident involving fabric softener. It was dumb, but even though we acted quickly (pulled plug and battery, flipped laptop upside down to drain, left it to dry for a period of several days) the damage was done: nearly 2/3 of my keyboard was dead.

    Fortunately I have a great warranty (no questions asked repairs for a year – always a good idea if you have kids or a bottle of fabric softener, lol), and a five year old desktop as a backup, but still… I missed my baby for the two weeks it was out of commission!

    I hope you get your iMac situated.

  • Jun

    Hey Kya! I’m currently hosted by Ariel over at Snow Blush. She offers free hosting and have packages that really cater to all types of website owners! :)

  • Cat

    Oh no, that sucks that your iMac crashed :( 7 months isn’t very long either! I hope they figure it out soon.

    Wow, that is a lot of money every month for hosting. I think it makes sense to switch to a smaller one to save money. It’s unfortunate that you have to stop doing something you love, but it sounds like it will help in the long run :)

    I can’t believe we lost both David Bowie and Alan Rickman so close together :( I love your tributes to them!

    I built a gaming PC for home use, and for work, I have a Macbook Pro. I think my current computer is only a year and a half old! I replaced my previous gaming PC after 4 or 5 years. Since building my own PCs, I haven’t really had issues, but my Macbook Pro totally crashed after an update once. It was so bad, we had to reformat it and start over :( The free host I know of is OfBlue.org, which does free subdomain hosting!

  • It was a sad week, but your art gave me a little smile! :)

    Sorry to hear about your computer! D: I have been lucky to never have a computer long enough to have it crash. I’ve only had three computers in my life. I had a very old PC with Windows 90-something. I had a new computer with Vista, but I hated Vista… then I got my laptop.

    I’m hoping to get a new computer soon. My laptop runs pretty hot these days. I use it a lot too, for my blog, art (so PhotoShop) and playing MapleStory. n’D

    I don’t know of any free hosts, but I will likely move my blog to wordpress.com and pay for the upgrades. It comes out to about the same cost for me. My current host is free, but it is not one I would recommend. I pay for upgrades there too. My hosting is up in May, so I’ll move some time then.

  • I’m sorry about your iMac! :( I actually just had to buy a new laptop myself. I had my previous laptop for about a year and a half and of course, I didn’t buy a warranty (mainly because I never needed one before!) But I bought another HP – I was going to go with the lowest price laptop, an Acer, but this one has a DVD drive and I couldn’t resist that! I hope your iMac can be fixed soon!

    I’m sorry you won’t be able to host for free anymore – I know how long you’ve offered it and how much you loved hosting! But that is incredibly expensive (I mean, I can barely afford $5 a month let alone $300). You have to do what’s best for you <3

  • Oh no! I’m sorry to hear about your iMac! You recently got it too, so it’s weird for it to crash already. I’m sure the techs can fix your iMac no problem! They’re much easier to fix than Windows ;).

    I can’t believe how much hosting cost for you! It’s good to save some money, but sacrifices will have to be made somewhere. You have amazing talent.

    I have both a Mac(book) and PC. I rebuilt my computer a couple of months ago :).

  • Hi, Adrianne here! (from Blogmatter and Twitter @AdriCULOUS) ^^ I’m sorry about your Mac, hopefully you can have it repaired soon.

    I currently own 2 Dell systems, one All-in-one desktop purchased back in 2014 and an almost top of the line 15″ laptop last Sept. 2015. My old laptop of 7 years died back in early 2014 which is why I got the new desktop, but it’s a very basic one and ended up being too slow to run graphic programs like Adobe CS6 and even run local dev servers like XAMPP and VirtualBox for web development (at 4GB RAM). I wanted to purchase a Mac but my budget was really low and settled for a PC laptop that almost has the same specs as a Mac (at 16GB RAM) for development. I only use my desktop for light gaming and burning CDs and DVDs (laptop doesn’t have a CD/DVD drive) as well as listening to CDs as well. I use my laptop for web development, graphics/designing, and occasionally for light gaming also. It’s also a touchscreen so sometimes I use my finger for quick illustrations when I’m away from home instead of using my WACOM tablet.

    In terms of hosting, looks like others already posted them. I’m helping my friend with Little Dancer Hosting w/ rebuilding the entire site and customer support hub, but I’m also looking for another hosting for the hub, but sadly the budget’s rather low. Maybe the other low cost hosting mentioned would host the hub?

  • Awe! Sorry about your iMac. For what it’s worth– I accidentally spilled coffee all over my Macbook Pro last week and completely blew out the battery. It’s a pretty pricey repair and my warranty just ended. This week is not a good week for Apple products, am I right?! Hopefully they are able to fix your iMac as quickly as possible.

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  • Liv

    RIP David Bowie and Alan Rickman. They were both just starting senior life too. It’s crazy how fragile we are, some of us do great when we’re old while others are blighted. :( Life is too short to waste even a minute or waste someone else’s precious time.

    And that’s a lot of money for a server especially since you are altruistically hosting so many website! I pay $15 a month for my hosting and I even think it’s a lot compared to most hosting services. I remember back in the day when I started blogging there were a bunch of free hosts going around! I’m not sure where they all went off to though. Perhaps everyone decided to start saving money? Hehe.

    Lastly I have the new retina Macbook Pro, but I only got it last summer because prior to that I was using an iMac for about 3 years! I actually remember an exact same situation where it makes the startup noises but won’t turn on. I can’t remember how it fixed itself because it somehow started working again too! Hopefully taking it to repair can prevent it from happening again.

  • Your poor iMac! Hope it comes back soon. Apple are apparently really good with repairs. My MacBook is about a year old (wow already a year, though!). I had one before that but I upgraded before it could have any kind of decency to crash on me. LOL.

    To be honest I felt very numbed by Bowie’s death, I didn’t listen to his music much but I listened to some after he died and it was really surreal. I was very sad by Alan Rickman’s death though, I really did remember him for voicing Marvin (and I know you like Hitchhiker’s too) and he just played his character of a sarcastic depressed robot so well… I do remember him for what he did despite not having watched much of Harry Potter.

    What type of computer do you have?
    Macbook Pro 13″ retina, March/April 2015 :) I had an Air before that, which was my first Apple. Before that I used PCs, which I no longer have.

    When was the last time you got a new computer?
    Last March/April. ?

    Have you ever had your computer crash?
    My PCs would crash, but not too badly – I had one between 2003-2008 that, after some time, just kept shutting itself down after I turned it on for a few minutes. I hated it. I tried to put up with it for as long as I could, tried everything I could to make the problem stop. It sucked. A couple of times I have had my MacBook get suspiciously hot for no reason (as if I had left it on and in a bag to die) and then not turn on, but I just had to leave it for a while. That shit was mysterious. Macs tend to be OK when you leave them on or on standby… but I dunno. :S

    Do you know any free website hosts?
    I knew A Small Orange, but after they were so unreliable I am disappointed.

  • Jae

    That is the cutest (sad) iMac I’ve ever seen! *all the heart eyes emoji*

    What type of computer do you have? I have the MacBook Pro 13″ (the latest version prior to the retina display)
    When was the last time you got a new computer? I got this in January 2014. (I can’t believe my baby’s going to be two years already!)
    Have you ever had your computer crash? I have, just recently, but I managed to troubleshoot it on my own. I’m scared it might die on me even before I get a chance to replace it. HUHUHU.
    Do you know any free website hosts? Sorry, I don’t! :(

  • I’m so sorry about your iMac! I hope it comes back to you good as new. You’ve been so sweet for opening up your server to free hosting! It’s understandable to scale back if it’s that expensive.

    Alan Rickman’s death made me so sad. I loved him in Galaxy Quest and Dogma. I recently watched those again to honor him.

    1. What type of computer do you have?
    I have a Windows dual monitor desktop, a Macbook Air, and an old Acer laptop running Ubuntu. :D I’d gladly switch to an iMac if more games were available on OSX, but I can’t let go of PC gaming. XD

    2. When was the last time you got a new computer?
    I bought my Macbook Air around November 2014. It was a refurbished late 2013 model though.

    3. Have you ever had your computer crash?
    Not lately, but it’s happened to some very old computers.

    4. Do you know any free website hosts?
    I only know of Ofblue subdomain hosting. :(

  • Oh your poor imac, I hope he comes back all repaired and happy!

    I love your artworks for Bowie and Rickman

  • Wow, it sucks that your mac died. But how did you get into hosting other peoples websites? Isn’t that a lot of responsibility for you? I used to have vps, but I didn’t really need it, and it was costing me too much.

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  • I’ve had computers that crashed, but not iMac. Never had one, that sucks though.

    What type of computer do you have? An old Dell laptop and a Dell laptop
    When was the last time you got a new computer? About 4 years ago
    Have you ever had your computer crash? Had several, they couldn’t be fixed and had to be replaced
    Do you know any free website hosts? No, but I am offering free hosting for select personal blogs. I don’t have the funds/resources to host a lot though.

  • I’m so sorry to hear that about your IMac. I generally as a rule of thumb don’t buy Apple products, but that’s just because I despise ITunes and Apple in general. I think a lot of their products are the same or whatever compared to PC, you know?

    I completely understand. You have to do what is right for you!~

  • Sorry to hear about your iMac crashing on you. I hate when that happens. Luckily for you can take it in to the Apple store to get it fixed. Since I buy Apple products, I have to decide do I want to get it fix or buy a new laptop. Sometimes I end up buying a new laptop because you can’t fix the old laptop.

    I understand your decision. You do what you got to do even if that means cutting back.

    R.I.P David Bowie and Alan Rickman.

    1. What type of computer do you have? HP laptop
    2. When was the last time you got a new computer? July 2012
    3. Have you ever had your computer crash? Yes
    4. Do you know any free website hosts? No

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