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I'm probably going to need a drool guard for my keyboard... [Feb. 9th, 2002|01:42 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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I'm typing this entry from the floor of my new apartment, on my new Power Mac G4. Still taking some getting used to MacOSX, and I'm learning that a surface with identical stripes does bad things to the optical mouse (you know that optical illusion that makes it look something is going backwards? Well, move the mouse too fast on that kind of surface...) Anyways, I have some stuff I need to do away from the computer screen, but I just downloaded iJournal, and had to try it out at least once...


[User Picture]From: self
2002-02-10 12:04 pm (UTC)


First the drooling problem, and now a Mac? You really should see a doctor.

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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-02-10 12:28 pm (UTC)

Are we not men?

(I'll ignore the Mac insult, except to say that even you would drool over this machine.)

Just saw a doctor Friday. She found nothing obviously wrong with me...Yay!

Blood tests next Friday to see if I'm anemic, and also to check my cholesterol and such (there is a history of cholesterol problems in the paternal side of the family, although the last time it was checked, I was very much on the low side of normal...). Health insurance is a good thing.

Although my left shoulder is still sore from the tetanus booster I got...(Hadn't had one since my bike accident as far as I remember.)

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[User Picture]From: self
2002-02-10 02:42 pm (UTC)

the drool factory is fueled by potential

We've been over this.

If you're confident in your warranty coverage, we can install Gigastudio under VirtualPC and see how long it takes to cause a physical meltdown.

Failing that, you overgeneralize. Your computer doesn't do what I need, so it's practically worthless to me. I have precisely one use for a G4, and wouldn't need a particularly good one to accomplish the task. (It does irritate me that such an elegant solution is just outside my grasp, but I do have workarounds, and I also know that this isn't something your machine will be used for, so there's nothing to be jealous of. You lack any functionality I might possibly envy.)

I'm glad you're happy with the investment. I won't pretend I'm not amused by your continued devotion after your last high-end Mac died so spectacularly, forcing you onto cheaper Windows machines which ultimately proved more stable. But you have a source of pride here (however displaced), and I'm happy for you. Make no mistake, though - that's the full extent to which I will ever care about it.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-02-10 04:42 pm (UTC)

Small correction on boldtype...

My last Mac still works (in fact, it's for sale, if someone wants an older machine for very cheap). It was the upgrade card which died, and it was off of warranty. I just was so used to using a 260Mhz G3 that going back down to 80Mhz 601 processor was unbearable for me. So, I dealt with the inconvenience of waiting for my roommate's computer to become available, and used his 450Mhz P3 that was in the living room while I tried to save up money to afford a new computer at the high end again, so it would last for a while...

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[User Picture]From: self
2002-02-10 05:50 pm (UTC)

You're splitting hairs.

If my motherboard dies, but I'm able to go back to an older generation of technology because I happen to have outdated parts lying around, the fact that it once had newer components does not make the system any more current. It had a brain transplant. It's base identity has changed. In this hypothetical situation, my good computer died and I am using an inadequate replacement.

Would this be different if my computer were built in layers, with new parts superceding old but never truly replacing them? Maybe in semantic logic, but not practically.

The daughtercard has to supercede the motherboard. When describing your computer, you would never say you had a 601 which was currently functioning as a G3. It would have been rediculous to do so. While the G3 was functioning, you didn't really have a 601 anymore.

It's a moot point anyway. Whether you used the PC because it was conveniently functional when your mac blew up, or you went out of your way to use it (while telling people your computer was broken, I might add) because it was simply preferable after your mac reverted to an earlier stage of evolution, your going back with a zealot's enthusiasm represents the same contradiction, and I remain just as amused.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-02-10 07:20 pm (UTC)

That's because I have split ends...

You said:
"When describing your computer, you would never say you had a 601 which was currently functioning as a G3."

Actually, that's exactly what I did. When people asked what kind of computer I had, I said, "I have an 8100 with a G3 upgrade card." Mac people recognized the 8100 as normally having a 601 processor. The 8100 had a slower system bus, so it wasn't exactly like having a new G3, but it was much faster than the original configuration and cheaper than getting an new computer of that speed.

Also, for a long time, I did think it was the computer itself that was broken. It wasn't until later, when I bought a cheap 7100, and installed the upgrade card into it, that I realized my problem...

Anyways, even when I was using my roommate's computer, I always felt Macs were better computers (there's a big difference between having a problem with one specific system and hating the entire company's output). I even had a subscription to Macworld during most of that period.

But, I'm not trying to argue with you about this, just clarifying. Your system works for you and what you want to do, my system works for me and what I want to do. All I was originally trying to say with the "even you would drool" comment is that the raw statistics on it are incredibly impressive, and that you would appreciate having a similar computer, assuming it ran the exact software you wanted. The drool theme was already running through both my original entry, and your response, so I kept it going...

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