my new macbook is groooovy! i'm liking it a lot--using it is making me realize how sluggish and clunky my powerbook had become. i feel like the monkey in my new userpic (ripped from yahoo--it looks a little blurry, unfortunately): "i have ALL the bananas!" i'm almost all moved in to the new machine. so far it has been relatively hassle-free, just a couple of weird quirks from using the migration assistant to move a bunch of files over from my old powerbook (i didn't have a firewire cable while setting up the new machine, so i waited to migrate files...not sure i would do it that way again). i figured everything out except for one strange glitch: when i open up the "about this mac" window, and click to open the full view (where it lists out everything your computer is and everything it has), the top of the window identifies it as "sharon crowley's powerbook g4 12-inch." but of course all of the equipment listed is what's on the new macbook. this probably doesn't matter at all. i'm just wondering if there are possibly any other weird things that might be mis-labeled that do matter. anyone out there with any experience?

running log: ran 3 miles today. i took tuesday and wednesday off because i was working hard on my prospectus draft (which i turned in on wednesday). thursday was a planned rest day, and i was trying to make up for some lost sleep, so i left it at that. and then on friday (yesterday) i just didn't feel like running, so i didn't. today's run was fabulous. but i ended up at only 7 for this week. :-(

osx leopard

Apr. 13th, 2007 08:40 am
arguchik: (susie derkins)
damn. osx leopard won't be released until october. stupid i-phone...apparently they had to divert people from the osx team to work on the i-phone software so they could get that schmancy device released on time.

well, i was trying to wait until leopard came out to buy a new laptop, but i might just do it sooner. might as well upgrade before i start on the real diss writing. the new mac books are pretty reasonably priced, actually--especially considering that i get the academic discount. also, i have discovered that the uw bookstore has clearance mac books for like $800. they have the intel core 1 duo processor rather than the intel core 2 duo processor that's in the new machines. i'm still deciding whether or not i want to pay for the newer technology. the up-side is that they may have worked out some of the kinks of switching to intel processors prior to building the newer machines... the down-side is that pesky cash...

i think i'm going to buy apple's word processing software rather than using microsoft office, too. i've been talking about going microsoft-free for years now, and haven't gotten around to it. i have office now, and while i'll miss excel, i won't miss the annoying features of word. no doubt apple's software will have other annoying features... so the question now is, should i get appleworks, or should i get iwork? i would pay $39 for appleworks, $49 for iwork (love that academic pricing--they each cost $79 for those outside of the ivory tower). appleworks has spreadsheet software, which i use for grading when i'm teaching. iwork integrates with ilife programs, which in turn come with the computer. i have fooled around with the word processors in both suites, and i prefer pages to appleworks...but that spreadsheet would be nice to have... no matter which i buy, the up-side is that i already own the most recent release of office for mac (2004, student and teacher edition), so if i end up hating the apple stuff, i can always switch back and not be out that much money. (by contrast, office for mac 2004 cost me $150 when i bought it.)

shit...neither endnote nor procite (bibliography software) is compatible with either of apple's word processors. guess i'll be stuck with office for awhile yet. p.s. i'm going to have to re-buy this software. i had endnote for awhile, but it didn't work with my version of word very well, so i didn't re-install it on this machine when i upgraded to osx tiger. i was wondering if anyone out there has experience with either/both endnote or procite--specifically on a mac--and could recommend one over the other. i have been limping along without biblio software, and i just don't want to have to re-type my bibliographies again and again and again anymore, or even to transport them from document to document. ya know?
or...should some names be off limits? ask sweden, i guess, which won't let a couple name their daughter metallica. yes, really. now, i'm not sure if i agree with this governmental intrusion or not. on the one hand, sure, name your kid whatever you want. on the other hand.....metallica??

in other news, i am highly annoyed (again). i dropped my computer a little while ago and bent the case even worse than it had been bent before. why apple made laptop cases out of fucking ALUMINUM, i will never understand. it's pretty, sure, but it's dumb. anyway, it seems to be working OK, but it no longer sits flat on a table. instead, it rocks back and forth as i type. that is gonna get old really, really quick. does anyone out there have a suggestion for surmounting this problem? because right about now i'm ready to chuck the thing in the trash on my way out of the library, and head over to the computer store to buy myself a new mac-book.

what i'm saying is, this might be the last straw for this machine... but i would feel a little ridiculous (i.e. a conspicuous consumer) junking it, because it does still work. otoh, it is hard to imagine not going insane while trying to write a dissertation on a machine that won't sit still. as if dissertation writing weren't crazy-making enough.

well...yes, my machine is running OS X.4.8--but OS X.4 is tiger, not panther. freakin' cats--who can keep them all straight? so i don't need to upgrade my OS after all, at least not until they come out with leopard, which is rumored to be VFS (very freakin' soon). when does jobs do his big unveiling spiel every year? isn't it in january? i'll bet they'll release leopard then, or shortly thereafter. so if i'm gonna buy a new machine, i should wait until after then so it will come installed on the machine along with all of the other requisite software goodies. i think that works pretty well with my timeline--i'm thinking a new machine might make a nice 40th birthday present to myself, along with that marathon i'm threatening to run.

we'll see. i'm on the bargaining team for my local, and we're going to be in contract negotiations pretty soon, so that might cut into my ability to train for a 'thon.
hey all you mac people out there, i'm trying to decide on a course of action with regard to my laptop. here's its particulars:
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