July 19, 2006

I'm having an aimless sort of week right now. It's that feeling that everyone gets at one point or another where you don't have any direction. You're lonely, although you are surrounded by people. You feel slightly awkward, as if you are uncomfortable in your own skin.

I found a quote that appealed to me; inline with this feeling.

You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why
bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below,
but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One
descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of
conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw
higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know. -Rene

I guess I just have to traverse the valley until I reach the next peak.

Posted by nicki at 06:14 PM
Mac Attack!

My iBook G3 died last week. I got the very sad Mac screen and my OS wouldn't boot. I tried the usual Option-P-R to flash the memory, tried booting off of the install CD - and nada. Disk Utility couldn't erase or partition, and a quick hardware diagnostic showed that my MAC couldn't find its harddrive.

In a fit of confidence, I decided to replace the harddrive myself. Who knew that a Mac harddrive was in the most difficult to get at spot on a laptop? After taking out 47 screws, i figured out at 1:00am that the last 4 screws required a Torx screwdriver (which I didn't have of course). A little more research revealed that a Torx is a 6 sided star shape screwdriver.

I did, after a brief search, manage to find a star star screwdriver (literally translated from Chinese) and finally finished the job last night. I changed the harddrive, put it all back together and TA DA - it turns on. I've reinstalled the OS, and things seem to be ok. Unfortunately, I still have 5 extra screws that I can't figure out a place for... ....

But it runs. And I have 80G of space now! Hooray for Macs!

Posted by nicki at 06:06 PM