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No satisfaction with Apple MacBook Pro and Support (part 1)

Apple places big value of the satisfaction of his customers said a hotel guest in Costa Rica to me, after my MacBook Pro after one year gave up his mind. I tried this and that, here my progress report.

We live for 25 years in our Costa Rica hotel on the Pacific-sandy beach of Samara Costa Rica. Till some years we used Windows computer for our Internet service. All 2 years a bigger repair was included. All 3-4 years a new computer. Because many of our Costa Rica guests use Apple computers, I asked whether they are contented with the Apple computers.

Many said yes so I resolved to buy an Imac 27. I liked this well and now after 3 years I still own iPad Tablet and an Ipod to hear the music. All this ons gets function well and I am done by the innovation.

With the purchase of a Macbook pro in ICon in San Jose Costa Rica on the 24th of March, 2014 at a price of 2500$ I own another nice device.

Indeed, I wanted to buy a smaller Macbook, but in the big Mac Filiale in San Jose there would be only one Macbook to shop, only this. I bought it because I have a long trip from Samara to San Jose (there and back 10-hour journey) behind myself had and no desire had to drive once more here.
11 months the Macbook well ran, then overnight no loading of the battery. I tried this and that, however, without success. So I called with Apple in San Jose. The mechanic Eric says I must come by to make an analysis. As quickly as possible because the guarantee, Apple gives 1 year, in few days runs off. What only 1 year Warranty with a price of 2500$. OK, our Costa Rica hotel is completely full with guests and now I am not able here simply go to San Jose.
Then after couple of days I went to San Jose to make the Macbook pro to let analyse. Then the engineer said this after half an hour analysis, the battery is dead and costs the repair to about 900$.

It would be complicated with the MacBook Per with Retina display. The calculator is connected with the battery stuck together in the case. So also gifted craftsmen better the fingers away. He can repair it, however, just minimum 900$ of costs.
Quotation: #Apple this new form of the paternalism of the user funds to one by the level construction form of the MacBooks, as well as with the achievement and perseverance of the batteries. Thus the manufacturer “promises” 1000 loading cycles for the modern lithium polymer accumulators, until the battery falls less than 80 percent of the original capacity.

Therefore, with normal use such a battery would have to do her service easily from at least two to three years. Unfortunately, this marketing promise can be not always understood in practice, because every accumulator has his peculiarities and must be substituted therefore sooner or later.

I had enough trouble for the moment and drove home to our Costa Rica hotel to forget the annoyance on the beach of Samara and to turn then in rest to the Apple Support.

will be continued. . .

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Apple macbook pro

Trip to Costa Rica hotel, a place for nature lovers, located close to the turtle playa Buena Vista near Sámara in Costa Rica. Music hotel in Costa Rica, During the day the sun, beach and evening music

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Tropical Storms and their effects
 (Example Costa Rica, Nosara)

The rebuilding to avoid floods of the Nosara river affects the flora and fauna in this area.

Tropical Storm Tomas
In November 2010, Tropical Storm Tomas affected 246 families in Nosara, including Santa Marta and Santa Teresita as the Nosara River streams flooded everyone who lived within 500 meters.

As a result, Costa Rica has developed the solution, to give the Nosara river a bypass.
Nevertheless, although the work is in line with current legislation, it is a fact, that the impact to the environment is inevitable.
Such is the case of the mangrove trees located on the banks of the river, or the birds like the kingfischer, which perch on the branches of the trees surrounding the river. Also the monkeys, which have now the possibility, to cross the river.

Another important point is the effect on the health of the river due to gravel, the material that is being applied as a filler to form the dike and also the inevitably suffer from the pollution due to the machinery operating in the riverbed.
The consequences leave a bitter taste but it is also comforting to know that if another tropical storm hits one day, the lives and homes of many Nosara residents will be safe.

Costa Rica climate

Usually it is relatively quiet on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Only during the hurricane season, mainly between September and October, the Pacific sometimes gets the foothills of these storms in the form of strong winds and rain. The whole usually lasts no longer than 3 days. The other time is with the sun and mild climate perfect for vacation in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is now and will forever stay the number 1 ecological area with its nature and nice climate.

Our advice for your vacation on the pacific side is Costa Rica Hotel Samara at playa Buena Vista.

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The half flippers (Dolphin Tour in Costa Rica Samara)

To de fishermen

In a line of three cars we left our Hotel Paraiso del Cocodrilo – after a short breakfast – at half past eight towards Samara. Rainer and me ahead to lead the other five guests following with two cars the right way. Because of the river still being comparatively high and apart from that because of the non-existent amphibious-vehicle-qualities of the two rental cars, we had to drive in a roundabout way. After about an half an hours drive, we arrived at the houses of the fishermen at the outskirts of Samara.

Right after Rainer had bought some fresh dorada fish, we were guided to the fisher boot at the beach and off we went. Behind us the waving hotelier, in front of us a wonderful look over the bay and a small uninhabited island. Whereas our two native fishermen / dolphin tour-guides steered the small boat calmly trough the waves into the open sea, we were sitting excited watching for dolphins and full of anticipation, our cameras all-time ready, on the two wooden benches at the sides. Further and further we went without even seeing a single dorsal fin. So no Flipper for us today?!

Animal and nature photos

Instead of animal photographs we already had taken various of the costal landscape, the open sea and the fellow passengers, when we met another fisher boat. Not even with their cellphones the fishermen had been able to locate workmates who have been seeing some of the happy marine mammals. As well the driver of the second boat told us by sign language that we couldn’t expect any dolphins in the direction he was coming from. As consequence we turned round to follow to follow him.

And for real: No twenty minutes later: dolphins ahoy! Admittedly they were dark grey and just half the size I expected, but dolphin is just not dolphin.

Fascinated we could watch all of a sudden more and more groups of dolphins appearing at the surface to breeze or perform the one or other daredevil jump, so we cruised from one spot to the other. The question who would have to sacrifice himself as a bait for at least getting a shark in front of our camera lenses was thus luckily off the table…With enviable facility and speed the dolphins glided through the deep blue water reflecting the sky.

Drinks and pineapple

After some time and countless more or less well-taken pictures we veered off and left our aquatic relatives to take care of themselves again. However instead of immediately pelting full speed ahead back to the beach, a cooling box came to light, containing refreshing drinks and a directly on board excoriated pineapple, we shared. Afterwards the motor ran at full speed towards the beach.

Quasi as the culmination of our toure a couple of sea turtles did us the compliment the of waving goodbye. All in all a great lot, an awesome beach panorama and overwhelming sea dwellers, but after almost four hours at sea it felt really good again to be on terra firm again.

If you want to also take a trip to the dolphins can log in  Trips Costa Rica Hotel Paraiso del Cocodrilo.
Here are the prices Hotel Costa Rica Samara

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Environment in danger worldwide

For the first time, researchers have shown now in which regions the protection of the nature and the interests of agriculture are incompatible. The road building in the wilderness in favor of the agriculture causes irremovable damage to the nature. Even the country Nr.1 of nature conservation, Costa Rica, struggles to keep up the protection.

The worst mistake is already made, when the first road is built into the wilderness. Because this is just the base for many other roads that will be eating through the endangered habitats, destroying anything in its way.
It resembles a cancerous ulcer – one time there, it spreads really fast and causes heavy damage, according to the environmental researcher William Laurence of the James Cook University. In the Scientist Magazine „Nature“ he and his fellows published a map of the world, that should sensitize traffic planners of endangered regions.
 We speak about approximately two billion hectares ( 17 % of the land surface ) ! This area is mostly still untouched and it is the home of many animals and plants, that can’t be found at another point of the world. However, there could be created big areas of arable land, for feating the growing population. Therefore this regions are considered as conflict zones.
Poor countries are concerned the most
It is sobering, because above all in poorest regions of the world the interests of the nature activists and the ones of the agriculture crash. Especially the areas in the south of the Sahara, asian states of the pacific like Sumatra, Borneo and Indochina or the Andes in South America and wide parts of Central America.
The fast development of the road system makes scientists worry all over the world. In sensitive places enterprises, departments, local authorities, etc. should plan and built with more carefully. But the hope, that this will happen, is on a quiet low level. From 2010 to 2015 international experts of the agency of energy assume that more than 25 billion streets are to be built, mostly in developing countries.
Conflict zones are concentrated above all in poor countries. Because of the rising number of inhabitants the demand for groceries increases automatically. Unluckily the will to sacrifice the protecting nature, too. Moreover it is problematically that many countries in the subtropics and tropics belong to the developing and emerging nations.
But the situation differs a lot from continent to continent: more than a quarter of the land surface of Africa is considered as critical by experts. Whereas in Europa it is less than 10 %.
In this research of course it is taken into account how much of the surface is already lost and how much of the environment still can be destroyed.
Problems in Costa Rica
More than 25% of the countries surface have been put under conservation. However there are big problems in the environmental protection like the erosion of the earth•s surface or water and air pollution. Apart from that the burden of the garbage because of exposed refuse dumps, particularly in the growing cities.
As a consequence of the erosion the coastal waters become murky and this leads to a irremovable damage of the coral reef. At the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica all coral reefs are regarded as numb.
Nonetheless, Costa Rica is still at a high level in comparison with other countries and always worth traveling to!
Our recommendation for the Province of Guanacaste is a small Costa Rica Hotel at the sandy Pacific Coast.
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Please help us to save the environment!!!
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Epidemic in Africa continues to spread

Last year there were in Asia Nicaragua and Costa Rica and other regions, many dengue cases. It was relatively harmless compared with the Ebola epidemic which spreads rapidly further in Africa.

The Ebola epidemic is spreading faster in the west of Africa. Meanwhile, the virus has already reached the Senegal. 

It began in March. Guinea reported an Ebola outbreak. The spread of the virus was very quickly. Liberia and Sierra Leone were affected, to cases occurred in Nigeria. 

The WHO said on 8th of august, the epidemic is an international health emergency. Several assistants are transported to Europe and the United States. A patient came on the 28th of august to Hamburg. 

3069 confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola infection since the outbreak. 1552 people have already died. (Status from the 28th of august) 

An acute case reaches the Senegal. A student has been infected in Guinea and is currently being treated in the capital Dakar. The epidemic has spread in recent days in West Africa. Faster than expected and continues to spread. 

The WHO has reported that the actual disease rates in many regions are two to four times higher than expected. It is feared that the epidemic is tackled only after six to nine weeks. 

No need to panic, but if you think Africa is so far away you can be fooled. 

In the United States, Spain and in Germany there is the first patient.

Doctors Without Borders in Afrika

Doctors Without Borders in Afrika

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Rout 160 Sámara- Nosara should be finally completed

It was a big promise for years, but only a few parts of the road from the gas station from Samara to Nosara were covered with asphalt. Starts in 2015 with Asphalt preparation? President Guillerm will help.

The visit of President Luis Guillermo, July 23 in Nosara was again a hopeful day for residents who living in this area. Also for tourists would have spoiled an end.

For years, talked about the fact that the route should be improve. The rout 160 is about 30 km long. But it happened never, just empty promises. Now there is new hope.

Again and again health problems among the local residents. In the dry season more dust is produced. The repairs will be fixed in certain intervals. It is a costly and time consuming process. That takes a long period of time, it requires a precise time schedule.

The catastrophic condition of the road was also confirmed by the Carlos Segnini, Minister of MOPT Ministerio de Obras y Transportes Públicas and among others by officials from CONAVI Consejo Nacional de Vialidad. The road is difficult to navigate, it’s not a motorway but a field path.

Already arrived the machines 

A start has already been made. Machines were transported by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT – Ministerio de Obras y Transportes Públicas) to the respective distances and the National Roadways Council (Consejo Nacional de Vialidad CONAVI). The maintenance work can begin.

The order was placed, so Segnini (The Voice of Guanacaste). The investments are currently about 150000000 ($ 280,000) to make the route passable by the end of September.

In the second phase, the President hopes to improve the route through maintenance and repairs until the end of December. Currently negotiations are in progress. The amount is ₡ 229000000 ($ 425,000).

The third and final phase is the most difficult and time-consuming. For asphalting the road you need a lot of helpers and especially for the repair more land by the residents. The project is supported by a loan from a bank and the help of the President. The project will be cost between $ 60 and $ 70 million, so Segnini.

When the final phase of paving will begin is not clear yet. Neither the President nor Segnini Solis comment on the appointment.

But in 2015, the project will finally start and hopefully the motorists will drive not too fast on the road.

 

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Hotel Samara Costa Rica

President Luis Guillermo, July 23 in Nosara

Speaking Luis Guillermo,

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Holes for sales, road Nosara

Climate change, fuddle duddle or what?

We’re jumping into a shit storm here, but who cares? Like a friend of mine said to me: „I already have enough issues to deal with, I can not take care of climate change as well.“
But the IPCC confirmed: With a estimated probability of 95 % the human being is the main cause of global climate change.

It is well known that CO2 emission, which is caused by cars, factories and powerplants, is the biggest problem. The heat trapping gas retains the solar radiation and leads to heating in the atmosphere. Up to what extent this effect is influencing out climate until now, the UN has published in the new climate report.

Measured changes so far

In the last 8 years, the CO2 content of the atmosphere increased by half. From the beginning of the 20th century the temperature has risen by 0.9 degrees and the last 30 years were the warmest since the High Middle Ages.

Snow and ice melt in a great measure. In Greenland, for example, was observed a rapid acceleration in melting, in the years from 2002 to 2011. Same applies to the Antarctic. In the mid-latitudes the snow is melting, and less and less is following. Also, the permafrost soil in Russia, is threatened by the rising temperatures. Altogether, has made the sea level already rise by 20 cm.

Nevertheless, an unexpected pause of the global temperature rise occurred. Due to the current climate model, this intermission is inexplicable. Perhaps, as the effects of clouds were not included here. Because it still remains vague how heating and cooling effects of clouds interact.

Forecasts

Depending on CO2 dioxide emissions, changes, greater than in the last hundred or thousand years, are expected:

The average temperature is projected to increase by 3.7 °C. More heat waves and a shift in climate zones are predicted. In the current subtropics more droughts will follow. In the tropical regions and mid-latitudes, such as Germany, more rain on the other hand.

Glaciers will disappear and the sea level will rise about 26 to 82 cm. Not only the ocean is growing, it is getting warmer too. The risk, in the air contained Co2 connects in water to carbonic acid, grows bigger. Consequently, the pH-value drops and the water would become more acidic. The marine life is threatened by a change in pH.

So far the UN climate panel depicts the current situation. Decisions will then be taken by the policy in the UN climate summit. Next time in Warsaw in November. Hopes are none too high.

Especially among the unspoiled countryside of Costa Rica the climate change is particularly painful. Therefore relax in Costa Rica and blast that climate change ignoramuses.

We play music at the beach in the lodge Hotel Costa Rica Samara

Climate and weather in Costa Rica Samara

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