Archive for October, 2006

It’s here!!

October 31st, 2006
Posted in Cult of Steve, Geek, Life

TNT dropped by the office at 10:50 this morning and dropped off my new MacBook Pro! I will post pictures soon, but the box is tiny. Very slim indeed. The fancy-pants “MacBook Pro” box was inside a plain brown wrapper box, padded with Styrofoam corners. There’s about a 2cm gap between the outer box and the inner box.

I have yet to open the inner box; I’m showing incredible superhuman restraint at the moment. I may be called into a meeting at any point now, so I’m keeping the drooling geekery to a minimum. This afternoon, however, will be another story.

Mmmmmm new computer smell….


October 31st, 2006
Posted in Cult of Steve, Geek, Life

Delivery status

It’s a race!

October 29th, 2006
Posted in Geek, Life

A few months ago, around when Intel started shipping the first Core 2 Duo CPUs, I asked the Powers That Be at my employer for some money to buy a C2D based server. “Sure”, they said, “just give me a week or so to arrange things”. I realised it was inevitable that Apple would upgrade their then-current MacBook Pro laptops to use the new C2D chips too. I decided that would be the new laptop for me.

I idly wondered which would arrive first: the server or the laptop. Time passes. A “week or so” tuned into a fortnight, then into a month. Apple kept not announcing anything.

Last Friday, I got official word that money had been secured and it was heading my way. Hurrah! Looks like the server’s going to arrive first, because Apple hasn’t announced an upgrade yet.

On Tuesday, Apple upgraded their machines, and I placed an order. The server hadn’t been ordered yet. So now it looks like the laptop’s going to win. However, the ship date was about two weeks hence. That’s no good.

Yesterday, the server was ordered (I think). Delivery time is about 2-3 days. Now the server is winning.

This morning, I got The Email From Apple telling me the laptop has shipped!

So it’s a race! Technology heading my way from all over! Which one will win out! A server, hand-built here in Melbn, or a laptop, built somewhere in China? I tell you, gentle reader, this is excitement!

It will be a photo finish.

US to build $6 billion dollar wall

October 27th, 2006
Posted in Culture & Trash, Funny

This is fantastic. After the great success of the Berlin Wall (it did manage to keep East Berliners out of West Berlin), Bush II has decided that building a massive fence between the US and Mexico would be another great idea. Apparently, it’s to stop those evil illegal Mexicans from entering the country and working as slave labour for rich people in California. Or something like that.

He’s also learnt a new word. See if you can guess it:

“We have a responsibility to address these challenges. We have a responsibility to enforce our laws. We have a responsibility to secure our borders. We take this responsibility seriously.”

Michael J Fox

October 26th, 2006
Posted in Culture & Trash, Vancouver

Marty McFly, Alex P Keaton, and of course Teen Wolf. And there is the whole “boy from Burnaby” (immediately to the right of Vancouver) thing. I think there’s a special place in the hearts of people of a certain age range for Mr Fox. He’s from Burnaby (well, Edmonton, technically, but don’t tell anyone from Vancouver that), so he must be a nice guy. As Douglas Coupland might say: Burnaby is too bland to make a nasty person.

I was saddened when I learnt that he has Parkinson’s disease, but encouraged when he kept working, voice work and producer work. Apparently, he’s doing ads in the US now, campaigning for candidates who support stem cell research. Rush Limbaugh (bastion of truth that he is) has ridiculed these ads, claiming that Michael was acting. Aside from the fact that he’s probably not that good an actor, Limbaugh’s claim is just offensive in all kinds of ways. He’s John Gruber’s Jackass of the week, and mine too. Godessa oughta smite him.

Thank you for shopping at the Apple Store.

October 25th, 2006
Posted in Cult of Steve, Geek

Well thank you, Steve, for finally releasing a Core 2 Duo based laptop. And it’s mine. Well, it will be in 6-11 business days.

Just for the hell of it (what’s another $100 after spending $5000? ACK! I JUST SPENT FIVE GRAND!) I bought a second power adaptor: one for home, one for work. And AppleCare. Dude’s gotta have some AppleCare. Saved my butt with my old old iBook, and I wouldn’t buy a laptop without a good warranty. They take more abuse and are way more fiddley than desktops. I can fix a desktop, but there’s no way I’d go into a laptop (again).

Here’s the shizzle:

My MacBook Pro order

Yow! What a screamer! Three frikkin gigs of RAM! 2.66GHz Core flippin’ TWO Duo. Yeah, I’m excited. I can’t wait.