Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Alas poor Orac (I knew it well)

Wow. I can't believe it's been 18 months (give or take) since I last posted to my blog. What a slacker!

Much has changed in the last 18 months: I found a great programming job here in Kelowna only to be downsized about 18 months later (damned economy), and Sun is in the process of being acquired by Oracle! And to top it off, my beloved shiny red Acer Ferrari 3400 laptop died last Thursday. I tried all sorts of reset incantations, removed the battery, etc., etc., no no avail. I am now the proud owner of a shiny red brick (whose hostname was orac, hence the title of this blog entry).

I started looking at various laptops, with the intent of buying one to run Solaris. Windoze is still not an option for me! Finding an appropriate one was kinda hard, but the problem was solved when The Boss (that'd be Jenny, my wife) mentioned that she was hankering after a Mac so that she could hook her iPhone up to iTunes. She had some birthday money to spend, so (to cut a long story short) last night we ordered a 15.4" MacBook Pro with a 2.66 GHz CPU, 4 GB of RAM, and a 128 GB SSD (the speed increase of my Ferrari was phenominal when I installed an SSD into it, so there was no way I was going to order a new computer without one!). It should be here in the next week or so...