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The new MacBook Pro arrived yesterday morning. The rest of the day was spent putzing with it.

So far, I'm very impressed with Rosetta. I've got a few PowerPC only apps that I use constantly (like Mulberry), and they work just fine. Most apps that I use regularly are now Universal, so very few things have to be run in emulation.

Yesterday felt a bit like Christmas, since three other things showed up in the afternoon - new business cards (which I forgot to put a title on), a iGo power adapter for all my small portable stuff, and a Tom Bihn Brain Bag for my laptop. My one reservation about this backpack so far is that it is big. As in maybe too big to stuff under an airplane seat.

This completes the binge of ordering to replace everything stolen.

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Last night, my laptop computer was stolen.  I had rented a car to go on a business trip, and parked outside a restaurant, and left my backpack with laptop (and a bunch of other stuff inside) on the front seat.  The window was smashed, my backpack taken, and someone else's bag dumped inside.

I've been lucky in that my laptop was a company owned machine, and my boss immediately agreed to replace it (with a new Mac Book Pro!).

But I still have a mountain of other hassles to deal with.
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This update is somewhat delayed, since where I left things a week ago was that Apple had taken my laptop away to fix it.
Click here for me writing about my laptop )

Click here for me writing about my workstation )

Any bets?

Jan. 5th, 2006 10:59 pm
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So far, AppleCare is doing things right.

I was on the phone yesterday, and they tried to help me get my drive working, and when we couldn't, they started the process for me to send the laptop to them. They guy on the phone said the box would get to me 'in two days' - it got here today, one day early. I put the laptop in the box, dropped it off at a mail-it place (the DHL guy was willing to wait, but I wasn't sure I could get ready that fast). The laptop will be in Houston tomorrow.

Any bets on how fast Apple will turn it around, and it will leave Houston to be back in my hands? If I'm lucky, the earliest it could be back is Saturday. The promised turnaround time was 'ten to fifteen days'. I'm pretty certain that it won't take a tech long to say 'yep, the hard drive is toast, put a new one in', because by the time I shipped it off the hard drive was no longer responding at all (couldn't mount, couldn't boot, couldn't FSCK ...). The hard drive replacement process should take 15 minutes or less (opening the powerbook is a bit touchy, but these people do that all the time and are equipped), so the only real wildcard is how fast it will get in front of a tech to be repaired.

I'm going to bet that I'll have it back by next Tuesday. I'm hoping it will be sooner, but can't be sure.
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Many things went wrong yesterday:

  1. The hard drive in my laptop went CRASH! I managed to get one last (damaged) backup off of it, which I'm using now.

  2. I decided that the old PC running Windows ME needed to be reinstalled, so it would actually work. It was getting to the point where it could never complete the scandisk process, and also would never shutdown cleanly ...

    However, the dang thing has something flaky in the hardware, so the reinstall wouldn't work either. I tried pulling memory out (under the assumption that the problem might be memory) and it stopped responding. ARGH!

  3. Kjersti shoved a peanut up her nose (again!) This time, we couldn't get it out ourselves, so we took her to the emergency room. No more peanuts for her!

And, to continue my computer-related woes, on Monday I had a battle with my Sun workstation at the house - somehow it decided to stop booting. I managed to fix that by getting a fresh copy of Solaris NV, and patching that OS image. Solaris NV now uses GRUB for booting, and the config was intact.

So, three out of four functioning computers in my office had to have major surgery this week. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the fourth won't come down with any maladies, as that would be a major pain to recover from.

Today was much better. It was dry(!), warm, and sunny out, and Valkyrie took the kids to the zoo. My computers are mostly limping along ok, and Apple will replace the hard drive in my laptop. The only down note is that Kjersti started throwing up at dinner time.

A footnote: it turns out that we got the peanut out of Kjersti's sinuses without much help from the emergency room doctor. He suggested that Valkyrie perform mouth-to-mouth and blow the peanut out; which Valkyrie did, and Kjersti found this amusing.
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