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teh max0r witnessing - Have you heard the Good News?

Posted on 2007.02.11 at 21:22
Current Location: 63114
Current Music: XM Chill
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Neighbor across the street had asked me a couple of days ago if I'd seen the commercials on television with the Mac & PC guy. I told him that yes, I was familiar with them. He then asked me if they were true.

I told him they were.

And its not really my word that carries the weight, its how I came to that conclusion. You see, drax0r had up and bought himself a mac mini way back around 2004 or so, and I mocked him mercilessly, day and night, for months. When he upgraded to a dual-proc G5 tower, he graciously offered me his mini. I laughed in his face. As a unix adminstrator, I knew XP had its flaws, but they were flaws I knew. My XP machine was a fast, healthy machine. Daily it was set to run full virus scans, ad-ware scans, defrag, and updates. All non-essential services were turned off, and sure it locked up when applications wrote to reserved memory areas, etc - but that what computers do, right?

I finally agreed to 'test' it. I played with it for weeks on end, learning its foreign GUI, playing with its FreeBSD-based back-end. This was a unix administrators dream! At the end of a month or so, I hugged him fiercely, thanked him for freeing me, and powered off the XP box. I took my new mini, attached a 7200 rpm 8MB/cache firewire drive as a boot device and built the O/S from scratch. He'd already maxed out the RAM, so all that was left to do was overclock the CPU. Sure its a little dated now, but I have no reason to use anything else. And when the time comes to finally let it go, I'll purchase another one with the Intel duo-core and bequeath this one to my son.

I don't run virus scans these days, or ad-ware scans. Journaled filesystems means never having to defrag. The object database filesystem that they didn't quite get working in Vista is alive and well on my mac, and I'll never go back. I never considered myself one of those odd 'mac people' but knowing what I now know, I pity Windows users.






And now, a w0rd to galinda822: Sorry I missed your AIM, the neighbors were downstairs in the basement during my tutorial (I think they're going to get a mac). Also, I picked up two boxes of tea for us, The 'Wild Berry Zinger' and 'Madagascar Vanilla Red Roobios' both Celestial Seasonings.

Comments:


(Anonymous) at 2007-02-12 04:26 (UTC) (Link)
I remember when I first met the texas crew in person. They had a small tty on a single box in the single room apartment that the five or so of us were mudding from. A suggestion was made; it sounded good; I said, 'let's code it up'. I opened up a telnet terminal to sl9vg, logged in, changed the code, compiled it and rebooted the game. Behind me watching was the equivalent of half a dozen dropped jaws saying 'no way!'

I blame that incident for corrupting Talos and Squeak.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-12 22:36 (UTC) (Link)
And look at the mud today. WOW.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-12 04:29 (UTC) (Link)
You're a Mac now!!! Why did you make me a PC? Now I have corupted files and I hear strange voices. It's all your fault!!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-12 22:37 (UTC) (Link)
Had I known then, what I know now...
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-12 23:00 (UTC) (Link)
So would upgrading to Vista solve all my problems????
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-13 00:04 (UTC) (Link)
It would cripple you.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-12 23:01 (UTC) (Link)
I hear Vista is da BOMB!!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-13 00:05 (UTC) (Link)
Its a time bomb.
galinda822 at 2007-02-12 23:10 (UTC) (Link)
Thank goodness he learned from his mistake by the time I needed to get a computer.

Because of ehowton I am a proud owner of a Mac mini!!!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-12 23:38 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I am proud to one of his grand experiment subjects!!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-13 00:06 (UTC) (Link)
You wouldn't be able to play your game collection on a mac. You're well suited for XP dude.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-13 01:42 (UTC) (Link)
No Star Trek Voyager Elite Force II, FORGET that. Give me Windows any day.

Like a woman you just have to learn to live with its faults.
galinda822 at 2007-02-12 15:24 (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmmm! You know how I love my Roobios!
Thanks for thinking of me.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-12 22:37 (UTC) (Link)
Tomorrow (if there is a 'tomorrow') "Wild Bery Zinger!"
galinda822 at 2007-02-12 23:11 (UTC) (Link)
Ya gotta love anything with 'zinger' in it! :)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-13 01:52 (UTC) (Link)
Just don't eat the yellow snow!!!!
irulan_amy at 2007-02-12 18:03 (UTC) (Link)
The Madagascar Vanilla Red Roobois is delicious. It got me hooked on rooibois tea. :~)
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-12 22:49 (UTC) (Link)
Now that I've had them both, I prefer the Moroccan Pomegranate Red, but thats not to say the Vanilla isn't good...
galinda822 at 2007-02-12 23:08 (UTC) (Link)
So far, I've liked every rooibois I've tried. My favorite by far is the Stash Red Berry Rooibos...I highly recommend it.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-13 00:07 (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh - the Red Berry Rooibos is fantastic!
irulan_amy at 2007-02-13 04:36 (UTC) (Link)
*duly notes*

Thank you! :D
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