I bought this laptop in Paris in 2012: it has the French keyboard layout (
AZERTY instead of
QWERTY) even though I use it with the Italian layout by memory (👀).
It's probably one of the last models Apple made that you could open up and upgrade yourself. I did, a long time ago, with 16 GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
It's starting to worry me: the fan makes weird noises sometimes.
I can say that daily programming with Rails activates the fan quite often (damn you Rails system tests 😂), it didn't when a couple of years ago I was writing a web app with Go (not a fair comparison, I know).
Having held on to a "slow" computer (well, it wasn't the first few years 😝) also had the side effect of me becoming really interested in performance optimization in programming 🔥
It's also the only computer I own.
Eight years with a portable computer is pretty amazing in my opinion. It was great hardware or I got super lucky or both!
Here's to another 8 years. Just kidding 🤣