February 17, 2005

This morning I had to run down to Ithaca to do some work. I was down there for the day. I was smart enough to bring along Andy’s MP3 player and I was able to listen to hours of seminars while I worked which was really nice. Normally when I am working at a client site I have nothing to do while I am waiting for the computer – this made the time pass a lot more quickly and I was able to actually get some seminars out of the way.

While I was down in Ithaca, Min called and said that my new Mac Mini had arrived. Finally. It has been weeks since I ordered it. I have really been looking forward to it.

I got home around 8:00 and got to work setting up the new Mac. This is the first new computer system that I have had in a long time. I have had plenty of chances to work with all the different Windows and UNIX/Linux systems but using a Mac is something that I haven’t done in years. I am really interested in trying out the Mac to see how it has changed over the years. Last time that I tried it, back in 2001, it was absolutely pathetic. It was totally unintuitive and I was unable to get anything to work when I used it. I had no idea how anyone who wasn’t a total computer expert with plenty of time to work on the system could possibly use it. But, I head that a lot has changed since then and the new OS X platform has really improved.

Min and I decided to wrap up the evening watching a movie. We watched the Roc Hudson and Doris Day classic Pillow Talk which is really good. Min and I just love the feel good movies of the sixties.

I got the computer set up without a problem and got started using it. It was pretty late so I didn’t get much chance to really use it but I got the basics working. So far so good.

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