Category: Apple

iBook drive replaced at long last

By , October 30, 2007 3:41 pm

Finally got around to it. After a daybreak wakeup call from the fan in the external hard drive case dying that is. The previous link I posted to the site with info on doing the replacement is NOT for the same computer. There are quite a few differences between the one he has and the one I have. LOT of the screws are in different places or just not there. As well as a bunch that are in mine that aren’t in his. Such is life in the world of Apple. Stupid asshats!!! There is NO excuse other than greed to make the hard drive in a laptop that hard to replace. And just one more reason that I will NEVER buy another Apple product.

Got it done and only had 2 screws left over at the end. One 3 mm and one 4 mm. It works, so I figure that the 40+ that I put back in are plenty so didn’t take it all the way back apart to find where these 2 go. If and when I get another drive to go in it I’ll look for their location then. One other gripe is the # of different tools that it takes to remove and replace the screws. Got to have a super small philips head screwdriver, a small phillips head screwdriver, a # 2 allen head driver, and something under a #10 torx driver. The torx screws are in the sides of the drive and a pair of pliers work just fine thank you very much Mr. Jobs/chief asshat/greedy bastard!

But it’s got the new drive installed and is now getting files copied over to it. Tis somewhere over 100k files now of 581,672 files and about 22 minutes into the copy. So sometime after 5 pm it should be ready for a reboot to the new drive to make sure it all works. Then I can start clearing more of the unused stuff off.

For now am going to go out and work on the camper a bit more. Had hoped to have the electrical done by now but this has taken me all day so far. About an hour and a half to get the drive in and the rest of the day to get the files on the backup drive paired down to the point that I would have SOME space left on the 80 gb that I put in the iBook. I think it’ll have about 12 gb of free space left when it gets through copying stuff over. Would like to have at least 40 gb free but will most likely settle for less.

One more piece of paneling to install and then can get back to the electrical. Have to put the paneling in so I can run the conduit on top of it for plug, light switch, light plug, and ac plug in this one run. Then 4 more plugs to run and can get back to finishing the kitchen cabinet. Getting closer than I was though. I think. At least I think, I think. Some days I don’t know… 😉

* Update – Was closer to 6:30 pm by the time it finished copying stuff over and I got to reboot it. Working fine. Quieter than it’s ever been. Guess the drive had problems from the factory. Don’t have the energy to get on the cleanup yet. Got a head cold or something and no energy to do squat. More later…

Shrook v2.6 released

By , September 25, 2007 11:23 am

Shrook v2.6 released
One final note: Mac OS X v10.3 is no longer supported.

Shrook was about the last piece of software I paid for the use of. I mainly got it because at the time it was the only (or best/easiest anyway) way to read feeds from different computers and be able to keep up with read/unread feeds on them all. Then not terribly long after I paid for it, the author changed the way he charged for it, and instead of charging for the software, started charging for the usage of the site that allowed for the cross platform/multi computer usage. He did roll the payments for those that had paid for the program into the first years site fee so I can’t really complain about that. I still quit using it as I started spending more time on the linux box and less on the mac. If I was still using it (and paying for the service) this bit about v10.3 not being supported would be the last straw.

I quit supporting Apple’s stupid DRM lock-in in any financial way (no iPod or iPhone in this here house folks!) not long after I bought my second iBook G4 and am as a result still using OS X 10.3.9 which is locking me out of quite a few updates to software I use on a daily basis. I’m leaning toward Slackintosh for my next iBook OS update.

To get this post back on reading feeds, I like (and use) the Google feed reader. I keep looking at/debating the software giant vs the small software author question, but the ease of use, cross platform availability, and (most important to me) not having to have anything but a current browser to use, no matter where you are or what machine you are on, makes it the way to go for me.

Just my $0.02 worth/rant for the morning. Sorry Shrook…

One of those days

By , August 28, 2007 11:28 am

Awoke this am to a non functioning iBook hard drive.

After a while with a bottle of ice applied to the outside of the case got the temp down enough to get it back running. Shortly after that went down again. Been having problems with this drive off and on for a while so decided to boot from the external firewire drive. Again with the ice and after a while got it up and going on external drive. Which is what I am running on now.

Guess I will try to replace the internal drive with the broken 80 gb drive that “someone” has left here for a while. Not looking forward to the surgery at all. From what is shown at http://www.sterpin.net/uk/ddibookg4uk.htm it looks to be a real pain in the arse. No real rhyme nor reason for them (Apple) to have used 3 different types of screws nor as many of them. Nor is there ANY reason (other than designer stupidity) for the hard drive to be this difficult to get to. But it is and I bought it so I get to try to salvage it.

If I am back on today that means either I decided to continue running on the external drive or I managed to get the internal replaced and going. Or I decided to see if I could get the Linux box back up and going. Or something.

Not a good day for this for me either mentally or physically but computer breakdown wait for no one to feel better…

Colbert Interviews Steve Wozniak – Your Daily Dose of The Colbert Report

By , September 29, 2006 10:40 am

Colbert Interviews Steve Wozniak – Your Daily Dose of The Colbert Report

Love the bit with the biz card steak knife. 😉

OS X is no more on my iBook!

By , September 20, 2006 8:43 am

After downloading the latest Ubuntu distro and burning it to disk I started it up in the iBook. Fought with it for a while but as there was a storm going on at the time and all the wired computers were off, was unable to get to the instructions for making the airport extreme work so rebooted into OS X and waited till later.

Later came today. After updating the backup software I did a full backup to the firewire drive and rebooted into it just to check. Worked fine so then booted into the Ubuntu cd and started trying to get the wireless going. First step was to run an ethernet cable to it so I could do the apt-get thing as well as getting to the Ubuntu site with the instructions. 😉

First page was WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx – Community Ubuntu Documentation which told me to:

In a terminal, type lspci , which lists the PCI devices in your system. Mine is the same as the example and this will be a new install so next page was WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx/Dapper – Community Ubuntu Documentation.

Since this is a new install I skipped down to section 1.2.2 Obtaining the firmware.
It told me to enable the Universe repository and after following the links I did that. Next up was again in the terminal and was:

sudo apt-get install bcm43xx-fwcutter which gets the package needed. Then taking the easy way out and using the script:

sudo /usr/share/bcm43xx-fwcutter/install_bcm43xx_firmware.sh When it quits doing its thing we’re ready to setup the wireless card.

First up is to load it in the kernel: sudo modprobe bcm43xx then check to see what it was loaded as with iwconfig. Should be eth1.

Then see if you can scan the network: sudo iwlist ethX scan and then you get to pick and choose and restart till the damn thing works on reboot.

Not there yet but close.  I still have to start the network manager and choose the wifi card as the network device but it IS able to find it and load it.  So closer and closer.

Downloaded and installed the KDE base packages and am now back with my perfered desktop.  Bit more tweeking and then to try to get my years of mail moved over…

Is Ubuntu Linux a Sensible Alternative for Mac Users?

By , September 18, 2006 1:22 pm

Is Ubuntu Linux a Sensible Alternative for Mac Users?

I do and don’t agree with his reasoning. While it is true that Ubuntu and other linux variants that will work on the mac may not do things better or even easier than OS X, my biggest complaint is the DRM that is now entwined throughout Apples wonder os.

If you don’t like supporting a company that is doing its damnedist to take away your right to do what you like with files on your own machine, then YES make the move away from anything Apple as fast as you can.

I am still hanging on mainly because the airport software in Ubuntu wasn’t (5 days ago when I tried the latest release) (though to be honest I tried the latest Kubuntu so I guess I need to try Ubuntu now) able to connect at the distance that the native Mac OS X software would.

Actions > Mouth… I have just started downloading the latest Ubuntu to try. As soon as I can get the wifi thing working even close to what I am used to then bye-bye OS X and restrictive DRM!

Rig of the Day: Now that’s a TV – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

By , September 15, 2006 11:22 pm

Rig of the Day: Now that’s a TV – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

Now that’s a Mac!

WWdN: In Exile: Apple gave me back all my lost music, free of charge

By , September 15, 2006 11:26 am

WWdN: In Exile: Apple gave me back all my lost music, free of charge

Well looks like at least one Apple employee reads Will’s blog, as after the last posting he was contacted and allowed to redownload his purchased music.  Good to read that he got it all back, but I will still not buy from or in any way support a company that uses DRM on files.  Just ain’t gonna do it…

WWdN: In Exile: iTunes 7 ate all my purchased music. Awesome.

By , September 13, 2006 12:51 pm

WWdN: In Exile: iTunes 7 ate all my purchased music. Awesome.

Will is experiencing the JOY of DRM from Apple computer’s totally awsome(ly bad) iTunes store.  Did a sync and now all of his play lists are gone.  Poof!  No more.  You just got to hate it when that happens and after dumping quite a few bucks into it have nothing left but a bad taste in your mouth.

I don’t own an iPod but do have two iBooks.  However, when Apple started down the DRM path to total control, I quit updating my OS X’s and am waiting for Ubuntu to fix a couple of more things and then will wipe the DRM laden OS X from at least my iBook.  Cat may still use hers but then she still uses Winblows XP too.  Which I refuse to work on in either sense of the word.

I really do hope Will gets his music back, though according to Apple and Mircosloth the music they sell is not yours but only a rental.

Just remember, there is a LOT of FreeOpenSourceSoftware out there that doesn’t call you a crook and say NO if you want to play music on more than (insert # here)  authorized computers/devices.  And I don’t get pissed off at it near as much as I used to when using either Microsloth or Apple products… 😉

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