Friday, February 29, 2008

Curse you TV

"Ashes to ashes" has cost me a fortune on iTunes in music I already bought the first time round. Which is now on obsolete media. Grrrr.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Lovely pair

Lovely pair
Originally uploaded by davehodg
Shot from the hip on the obs deck at Schiphol. A moment, as they say.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Skinny bridge

Skinny bridge
Originally uploaded by davehodg
Today was the first day of spring. The transformation in Amsterdam and indeed my own feelings was just amazing. More please!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

New MacBook

My trusty and only slightly tuna-infused G4 is nearing the end of its Applecare eriod and has a couple of warranty, as opposed to abuse, related niggles that need fixing. So in preparation for sending it off and bequeathing it to my progeny, I had a new laptop in my sights. After much evangelising from my old colleague CMS, I was persuaded that a simple MacBook would suffice rather than the pro. The differences between the two were minor and white plastic wasn't that gay after all.

So, off to PC World and return with a remarkably slimline box.

First impressions are very good indeed. Bright screen, no lid latch to fail and after the annoying intro video, a breeze to get through initial network and user setup.

First niggle: MacBook couldn't see my G4 over firewire to import my not insignificant volume of data. Having been warned off rsync by the aforementioned cms, I consulted the Mac shop in Bath who suggested looking at the system profile to see if the G4 was seen at all on the firewire and then run the disk utility to see if the volume was visible to be forcibly mounted. After much, much cable plugging, magically both became true. It was then a simple matter to repair the G4's disk from the MacBook and mount it. Woohoo!

First epiphany: all my apps run on Intel. Woo for fat binaries!

Second and final niggle: my Vodafone USB dongle doesn't work. The USB bus sees it, the Vodafone software spins. I haven't had the time or the energy to work it out. Not sure if I care.

Result: MacBook: 6/5.