POSTS FOR 2004

PowerBook Goodness!

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This morning, I have two computers sitting in front of me: The first is the one that I built from scratch a few months ago. That one has been almost completely unused (as of late) except for trying to get Windows XP re-installed from a scratched disc. My best friend is coming up this week, and I’m having him bring his Windows CD so I can use my serial. Once I get XP re-installed, I can finally begin the process of re-installing the rest of my applications, and getting my digital life back in order.

The other thing in front of me was a suprise from my wonderful, beautiful wife: A 17-inch Widescreen PowerBook G4. I almost wet myself as I opened the black box and saw the words “Made by Apple in California”. The only Macs I’ve ever had were at least 10 years old when I got them. I’ve had a thirty-three MHz Performa 550 with twenty megs of RAM for quite some time now. But, I’ll tell you, System 7.5.5 isn’t nearly as elegant and beautiful as 10.3 is.

I was up until 5am last night toying around with everything: getting iLife installed, installing Classic and XCode, and downloading Camino, Firefox, and Thunderbird.

With my 6.0 megabit internet connection, I was able to download ALL of the software updates and get them installed in under 5 minutes.

Now I just to find a way to remove the lick marks from my 17-inch LCD…

Ryan Parman

Ryan Parman is an experienced software engineer, open source evangelist, and passionate user advocate currently living in Seattle. He is the creator of and , and worked on DevOps and Security at . He is now bringing learning into the digital age as an Engineering Lead and Site Reliability Engineer at . Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than .