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Yay backfix and free battery

March 4, 2008

Today I saw the naprapathist, which was good. My lower back, which has been one of the most painful areas recently, is now much better. I have seen about three different naprapathists before in my life, I think – the last time was probably 10 years ago – and this was the first time the naprapathist was younger than myself. Turned out we went to the same school, he slightly later than me, so as he was tormenting me we chatted amicably about which teachers we remembered and things like that. Anyway, despite his extreme youth he knew his stuff. I’m going back there on Monday.

Yesterday, I went to an Apple service place to ask them about why my computer no longer warns me before the battery runs out of power, and why it dies when the display says that I still have almost 30% battery time left. I had already bought a new battery, on Saturday, but wanted to find out about the battery warning or lack thereof. The service technician looked at the battery and its serial number and told me I could get a new one under my computer’s warranty, because the one I had was in a series of faulty batteries. So I got a new one right there in the shop, and got to leave the old one there instead of sending it in myself. All for free. Luckily I hadn’t started using the new battery I bought, it was still in its unopened box, so today I returned it and got the money back. (I’m not sure how a faulty battery, the actual hardware, can cause the battery warning to break, and the service technician said it might not be the battery but a Leopard bug. I haven’t checked to see if that problem is still there.)

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March 8, 2006

Woo-hoo! The university IT services dept approved my application for a partially-funded new computer — I was a little afraid they wouldn’t, as only permanently employed people are supposed to get that, and I only have another year or so to go. But they approved it (because the head of my department signed my papers — thank you, Christer!) and hopefully I’ll be looking at a shiny new MacBook Pro, 2GHz, sometime after Easter.

It couldn’t have come at a better time. My old Powerbook, Senex, is no longer portable: every time I close it, a couple of cables are trapped and if I do it too often I’m afraid they will fray and break. So I’ve had to start using the almost-useless computer which is taking up space on my desk at work, and use Senex only at home. In a way it’s nice to have just a memory stick to carry to and from town, instead of a computer, but it wouldn’t work in the long run. So yay!!

Plus the MBP is shiny, and has a built-in camera, and it’s fast like the wind. I’ve only heard good things about it, apart from some stuff that doesn’t really affect me anyway.

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January 11, 2006

MacBook Pro. I wants it.

I need a new computer, there is no question of that – there are too many things broken or too slow or just plain malfunctioning with my old PowerBook. The latest one I popped up today, when the screen has started to flutter, not alarmingly but enough to make it difficult to work. Question is how long one wants to wait before buying a brand-new product. I haven’t read any reviews of the MacBook yet, presumably there are none since it’s so new that nobody has had a chance to try it. I do wants it, though.

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May 13, 2002

very big sigh

Brought the Powerbook with me to work so I would be able to work on the VIE on the bus to and from work as well as tonight at home. So naturally I forget the computer in the safe at the library. So much for getting anything done tonight….

I’ll go lie down in the sauna instead. Mmmm.