The ibook install went so smoothly that I decided to upgrade my desktop. It’s sure a lot easier than it used to be between versions of Fedora. No CDs to burn, no rebooting (actually one time at the very end, but still), and a reasonably quick too boot: from about 7pm until morning. (It could have been longer, since it would periodically hang on an interactive prompt, and I wasn’t babysitting the install. But there were only a handful of those.)
I haven’t used my iBook during 2007. It’s an 800 MHz G3. Also, I don’t have a copy of 10.4 “Tiger” for it, and between the speed and the increasing degree to which it is isolated from the software I’d like to use, it just isn’t worth the effort. (This is with the exception of 10 minutes about 10 days ago when I convinced myself that the network was working but my Linux machine’s NIC wasn’t working.)
Anyway, this has changed now that the latest version of Ubuntu is out. Its support for the PowerPC architecture is awesome. (It’s much better than a couple of years ago, when I briefly tried Yellow Dog — which may also be better now; I wouldn’t know. I’m not slamming YD, just puffing Ubuntu.) I was most impressed that it just worked. I haven’t done a complete test of power management and other laptop-y functions, but most everything else appears to work out of box. Cool.
To be honest, I’d rather have a new Mac. (Like Tim.) My plan had been to sell the iBook and apply the $300 toward the cost of an iMac. But pending such time as I actually sell this one, I might as well be using it.
It’s Thursday, which means I’m procrastinating on my sermon.
Also, even though I ordered my new NIC on — what, Saturday? — it still hasn’t arrived so I don’t have many opportunities to blog. Anyhoo, I’m at work and thinking I might blog during my lunch hours. Especially if I ought to be writing a sermon.
So the way I’m procrastinating (by blogging) is by using Marsedit. It’s pretty slick, and it supports both Markdown and Smartypants, which I use a lot. (In fact, I write my sermons using gvim and then pretty ’em up with these same tools.) I’ve been thinking I should convert my blog to use one of those Markdown plug-ins, but maybe what I should do is use something like this to create HTML from Markdown and not use a plug-in.
Hmm. It doesn’t do a lot. But it doesn’t cost a lot either. I’ll think about it.
We had a power outage here the other day. Afterward, everything came back up except (it appears) the NIC in my Linux machine. I spent a couple of hours figuring out that it was the only casualty (difficult at first, since it’s the machine from which I do most of my admin). Bummer.
But the good news is that these days an Intel 10/100/1000 Mbps NIC costs 30 bucks. Back when I worked on a 1 Mbps NIC (1986-ish) it cost $595. My employer was trying to build a low-cost version for only $295 but eventually they threw in the towel because they figured they couldn’t make any money at that price.
Anyway, blogging will be even less frequent for a few days until the NIC arrives.
It’s been busy, what with the usual administrative work at church, plus two funerals and Holy Week. (Four services, three sermons in 8 days.) So I haven’t been blogging, it’s true. But I’m about tired of WordPress upgrades. They are pushing out changes about as often as I add a blog entry. And it’s such a pain in the butt to do the upgrade. It’s never just a file or two. It’s always 6932 lines of changes in 83 files. Sigh.