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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Tuesday August 12, 2003
01:11 PM

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amichan, my beautiful blueberry ibook, has been in shock (there's a sad pun intended here with what I think was the initial cause of the trouble) since late last year, and been dead for about four months. Today I found out it would cost almost as much to fix as it would to get another blueberry ibook.

I shopped around used and refurbished stuff and came really close to bidding on a graphite ibook in ebay before I finally convinced myself I didn't want to deal with another refurbished computer. Refurbished equipment always worked out well for me before this one, and I may try again, but not right now. So, for about $1000 I have a new snow ibook headed my way, now. I decided at first that I might as well look at Intel laptops since practically all I do is run GNU/Linux, but I was aghast at the prices. I never realized what a good deal an ibook really was.

I'm officially no longer buying Apple for hardware; now I'm buying Apple for price. (Oh, okay, and maybe for GNU/Linux compatibility; Apple systems and peripherals are usually a less diffuse target to hit for free software developers.)

I guess everyone whose bought an ibook has had trouble, huh? But I guess the price will keep us around. Who'd've ever thought Apple would take the developer world by storm, and that they'd be winning on price?

I'm starting my master's thesis this fall. In mynew job (as of December), I'm having to commute to Dallas. I considered mass transportation but rejected it when I saw it would add at least a half hour to my daily commute. However, my plan now is to take the train and use the time to work on my thesis on the laptop. Instead of this removing thirty minutes from my day, mass transit actually adds the hour and a half I spend each day back in for research purposes. Shoot, I never get any time to read any more ... maybe I'll stick with this. No, wait, Sarah'll change that.

Update: Incidentally, I will probably be ebaying the old dead laptop. Estimated repair costs were $332; someone might want to buy it and see if they can fix it, or use it for parts. If I do auction, I'll try to post here.

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  • My iBook's 20 months old and, other than a lot of scratches on the surface (which you can't see unless you look close, and are entirely my fault) is still going strong, with nary a glitch or burp. (Though I have had two power supplies die for a variety of reasons) None of the troubles that have afflicted some other folks have hit me, and this thing's taken a lot of abuse and logged far more miles than I'd care to think about.

    I'd get the extended care warranty anyway, if you've got the choice. It gives a ni
    • Thanks. I'm glad to hear there was at least one person who hasn't had to have his ibook repaired or scrapped!

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • Glad to here you're head to grad school. I'm sure that you know that CVS (or your versioning system of choice) and LaTex are your friends (if you go thesis that is). I've been meaning to whip up a little something for the grad students in the department I sysadmin about the virtues of CVS and LaTex.

    I've seen way too many folks use MS Word and it goes wiggy (yes, that's a technical term ;-) when it gets large.

    As for laptops, I just bought a Thinkpad 600e for about $440, it'll end up being around $50 after
    • CVS I know well. :) LaTeX and I are not acquainted, and unfortunately as my school goes away from UNIX more and more (with a consequent decline in quality of education) professors who might have used it in the past seem to be disappearing. I'll definitely look into it, though.

      They seem to provide an MS Word template for my thesis; I hope I don't have to use it, because whether I use LaTeX or not, I prefer to stick with free software as much as possible.

      I had Word for Mac go wiggy on me a few years bac

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers