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By ana (Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 08:34:06 PM EST) (all tags)
And that's saying a lot. 


 Got the lawn mowed, finally, with minimal drama. At one point mowing close to the overflowing raised bed of a weedpatch garden, a vine reached out and grabbed the mower-height adjustment. So when I went around to the other side, it was basically scalping the dirt on the first push, until I figured out what was up. I abuse that poor mower something fierce.

So this morning I was eating breakfast, the coffeepot was gurgling out the day's brew, the radio was playing. The lights got brighter and then went out. The FIOS box beeped, as it is wont to do when you pull its plug, but the lights came right back on again, quickly enough that the coffee pot remembered it was supposed to be on, and continued making coffee. I restarted the radio, making myself a mental note to restart the iMac.

Half an hour later the power went out again for a few seconds. I was tired of the radio by then anyway, but it did remind me to restart the iMac. Which utterly, completely, failed to respond to having its power switch tickled.

Now I remember in the "five years ago" meme we did last spring finding to my amazement that we'd just bought that iMac (and named her "fray" after a slayer in the BtVS comic). So, yeah, that's like 80 in dog years.

My iPod has the Apple Store app on it, left over from last Christmas, which if you recall featured my laptop dying while I was visiting the 'rents in Colorado. I made a reservation, and went out there. The response was "Yup, the power supply's probably fried. It's old enough that we don't have them any more; don't let anybody charge you more than about $100 for one. Next?"

And ooh shiny, all the pretty puters on display. So I bought a replacement iMac. It's the basic model, now with quad cores, etc. etc. Oh, and Lion. Which other than backwards scrolling, is not so bad. And it won't run some ancient software, but that's pretty much okay with me. It does run the EyeTV software, and functions nicely as a 21" TV.

I'm here to tell you the buddy system doesn't work, for keeping hands and credit cards in the pockets. toxicfur decided to come along, and she also bought a new computer.

So tonight I had to try to figure out how to reconfigure the router to forward port 22 (ssh) to this machine instead of the old one. Turns out Verizon in its security-through-not-very-obscure-obscurity had set all the admin passwords the same, which is (duh) a security problem. So some time ago they did a firmware push that reset the admin password to the serial number of the router, which is printed on the case, but not easily available otherwise (apparently the machine knows its serial number, which might be exploitable somehow). Anyway, done. We can now log in remotely and use it as an ssh proxy, just like the old one.

So far only my wits are frazzled.

New desktop computer. Every six years, whether I need it or not.

Oh, and the cat's appointment with the vet for dental cleaning under anesthesia has been postponed a week. So I can wake up at 3am and worry about it for a while longer. I'm pretty sure it'll be fine, but there's a certain trust we have, the cat and I, that nobody's going to do anything dire (or get bit, which is the direction these things usually go). Feels like a betrayal of that trust, for, to be sure, an ultimately good cause (keeping him healthy longer). But he's gonna give it a four paws down Do Not Want vote.

And I've reconnected with my sister-in-law. I'm not sure what the status of their divorce is, but she's on the not-blood-relative side of it, so it would be understandable if I lost contact with her. But she wants to stay connected, which is good, from my point of view. And I get to see more, and e-mail more, and facebook more, with my nieces and nephew. And we can compare notes, as we try to rebuild our respective single lives.

Tomorrow, back to work, and back to autumn. It's been over 80 all 3 days of the long weekend, the first time Boston has had such a warm streak since the 1940s.
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Oh, and... by ana (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 09:02:24 PM EST
I probably need a UPS to protect the computing equipment. What do I need to know to buy intelligently? 

I now know what the noise that is usually spelled "lolwhut" sounds like. --Kellnerin

the number of joules it protects against? by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 09:26:24 PM EST
What kinda average load will it need to run for how long would you need to run it?

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Congrats, sir! You got me laughing to tears! by atreides (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 11:43:55 PM EST
It's been over 80 all 3 days of the long weekend, the first time Boston has had such a warm streak since the 1940s.
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! Wanna trade? :D

He sails from world to world in a flying tomb, serving gods who eat hope.

Uh, no thanks. by ana (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 07:04:19 AM EST
I think I failed to mention the in October part. But yeah, it was nice, temperate summery weather, though with disturbingly early sunsets.

I now know what the noise that is usually spelled "lolwhut" sounds like. --Kellnerin

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A replacement iMac. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 08:56:28 AM EST
Once I get the cash my 24" iMac will be replaced by a Mac Mini+27" TBird display. Which comes out ot about the same cost as a 27" iMac.

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(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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