Sunday, November 30, 2008

Consumerism Kills 

A Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death during the the 'Black Friday' post-Thanksgiving sales in Long Island.

By a crowd of shoppers.

After discounted goods.

I'm wondering what sort of a deep discount balances the loss of a life and injury to several others.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Some observations 

Drumming is hard.

I like guacamole.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Resurrecting the Fallen 

After a hard drive failure last week, I got brave this afternoon and undertook an open-case transplant on my faithful G4 PowerBook. There were a couple of tricky moments, with case clips and keyboard cables, but iFixit had a pretty decent guide, with pictures.

I put OS X 10.5 on the new disk and was pleasantly surprised to discover that, compared to 10.3, the machine seems to perform better! So far, things are familiar, but different enough in places to cause some mild irritation.

With the reinstall, I'm on the lookout for a new multi-protocol IM client. I was using Fire, but the project shutdown a while ago. I've loaded Adium for now, but was wondering if anyone had any better recommendations?

Haven't had any luck trying to get data off the old hard drive as yet (which is failing to spin up. Trying real hard, just not quite getting there), so I've left in the ITS Data Recovery Chamber (aka the freezer in the kitchette at work) overnight. We'll see what happens.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

I was... 

going to post about how it was a bleak, rainy and windswept night and how it matched my mood, but that was at midnight after having collected my mobile which I'd accidentally left on my desk at work before rushing off to a play without having had any dinner, but now that I have eaten something (some pasta with oily stuff and a sandwich), I think I'm just really tired rather than desperately unhappy.

Oh, and the play was good too. Had Angriest and Lie_xin in it. It was called 'A Laughing Matter' and has three more nights to run. Go see it.