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Sunday, June 12, 2005


The Mac Is Dead, Long Live The New Mac

The Mac Is Dead, Long Live The New Mac
Originally uploaded by renaissancechambara.
Picture courtesy of Apple Computer Inc.

Last Saturday evening, my trusty iBook G3, gave up the ghost in spectacular fashion, I needed a replacement machine sharpish to do work from home. This meant that the usual online shopping expedition was off the cards.
A trip over to my friend Steve on Sunday morning established that I hadn't been doing anything stupid and that the hard drive was dead. The drive could not be resurrected with DiskWarrior.

Its now Sunday afternoon, what do I do? Sack off going to see Sin City and head on down to the Apple Store in Regent Street.
'I want the cheapest system that I can get running'
'No I do not want a warranty'
'I do not want a more expensive machine'
'Yes I do want additional memory fitted today'
'No I do not want a warranty, or overpriced technical support'
'No I do not want an overpriced Apple display'

Then off to Tottenham Court Road to pick up a monitor, where it is virtually impossible to find a shop that stocked them, eventually Maplins came good.

In the meantime, Apple removes the 256 MB DIMM from the memory slot and upgrades it to a 512MB DIMM

I cart it all back to the ranch:
- The mac mini has Panther on board, so I need to upgrade the
Operating System as well as uploading my applications.
- Fortunately I had my mail on an IMAP account so it was all held server side and my .mac account re-dumped my diary, to do list and address book down on to the new machine.

10:35pm on Sunday night finally sorted, just the work to take care ofthen...

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