so after much time spent yesterday working on dead and semi-dead computers, and _not_ going to the dang ballgame with christa, joy, et al, i am not much further ahead than i was.
there are– or were– three computers that i was going to bring with me on this trip.
– my powerbook (aka ‘spacecase’)
– my white ibook (aka ‘icemaiden’)
– my g4 cube (aka ‘foxy box’)
the powerbook is still fine. _thank god._ i would go out of my gourd with panic if it died right now.
the cube is pretty happy except that the cd-rom drive doesn’t work so much anymore. this leaves me stuck at an OS two major levels back from current. i tried to turn my ipod into a bootable hard drive so i could upgrade the OS (this is possible), but although the cube recognizes it as a bootable drive, it won’t actually boot off of it. i now have to decide if i will spend more time on this, and try to make the ipod bootable, or if i will just leave the cube as it is.
the ibook hard drive is unusable. it has to be completely zereo’d out according to tech tool pro (which took 12 hours to tell me this. thanks!) since there’s un-backed-up data on there that i’d like to retrieve, i will try to boot it in firewire target disk mode while connected to another computer, but don’t expect that to actually work. if it doesn’t, i’ll have to decide if i want to spend more time trying to retrieve the data after i return from roswell and travel without the ibook (which is not the end of the world), or call the data a loss, zero out the drive, and configure it to go to roswell and run a web cam.
now that i write that it, it seems clear that i should forget about the ibook until i get back. i’ll still have the capability to run at least two cams during the car show, and that’s probably plenty.
the real problems are that i’ve lost at least a full day of prep time, and the whole thing has thrown me _way_ off my stride. i hate it when my computing environment goes to hell. i feel very unsettled. if i give it some rational thought, i know that i can do everything with the powerbook. i just have to install the printer driver on the powerbook and really, that’s all i need to be good to go.
i was so happy and excited about how well things were going before all of this happened… i want to feel that way again! maybe tonight i can get some good work done and recover that feeling.