Saturday, May 26, 2007
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Scarlett, further upgraded

With some of my earnings in hand, I found myself in Ynzal yesterday upgrading Scarlett's hard drive from 60Gb to 120Gb. I had originally wanted the 200 Gb upgrade (so she would be at par with the new MacBooks, even only in hard drive capacity and not in terms of processor and RAM), but they apparently sold their stocks of 200Gb and 160 Gb drives.

As a consolation (since I wanted to bolt out the door and just wait for their stocks to arrive), they offered me the 120Gb for the price of the 100Gb. With the savings, I got a 2.5" HD ultra-portable enclosure for Scarlett's original 60Gb drive. So, it was not that bad... a total of 180Gb capacity on the go.

They took a long time to migrate my contents and it was not perfect. When I took Scarlett for a test drive, there were a lot of problems, worst of these being Safari and Quicktime not launching at all. Fortunately, I discovered that they reverted my OS X version to 10.4.6 which I suspected was the cause (since I was already using 10.4.9).

That fixed the problem but it took a few hours of downloading and installing the updates, as the consolidated 10.4.9 upgrade was more than 300Mb. I think I downloaded about half a gig of upgrades that took a few hours.

Then, I migrated my Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux virtual drives (via Parallels Desktop) to the internal drive, which was my chief reason for upgrading the drive. And true enough, the performance gains were significant (than running off XP and Ubuntu on an external USB 2.0 drive). Running this new set up showed me the true power of the two cores (and the memory upgrade I did last year).

But all of these took time and I still have a lot of work to do. I'm already exhausted for the day so I'll just take a short nap now and wake up early morning to meet my deadline for this day.

On top of that, an impending family tragedy (my aunt, my father's older sister, is on her last legs...) will take us to the hospital this morning, then off a meeting that afternoon. Because of this, I have to skip my Saturday session (which I particularly hate because it's brass week, and I would like to show off my "newly acquired" clarinet skills). But hopefully, I can make it to choir tonight.

On Sunday, it will be more work because we have a Monday deadline...

Oh well... a happy weekend to you all nonetheless... mine will be hectic, at the very least...

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