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Being dead


I’m really not a violent person, but I am a person who enjoys films, stories, and the like, and if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s when a character in a movie “kills” or “mortally wounds” another character, but doesn’t make sure… doesn’t finish the job.

We’ve been watching the old seasons Heroes for the past week, and there’s just too many of the “I thought you were dead!” moments where we find out someone appeared to have been killed, and, well, they’re ok! It’s like those old Bond movies (or Bond-parody movies) where the super villain sets up the hero to be killed, and then leaves secure in the fact that nothing can go wrong. There’s a reason it turned into a comedy bit…

So when I see this happen, I keep thinking of Frank Miller’s Sin City (film) where Hartigan kills the Yellow Man (it’s been 4 years, I hope I’m not spoiling it for you!) first by stabbing him, then castrating him, and then keeps punching and punching and punching until there’s pretty much nothing left… In fact, he says:

After a while all I’m doing is punching wet chips of bone into the floorboards. So I stop.

See? Make sure! That’s all I’m saying…

And just to be clear, I’m not a violent person, and I have no problem distinguishing fiction from real life, but that doesn’t stop me from being disappointed in unrealistic fiction.


My main Mac, the PowerMac G4 (Quicksilver) is dead. :(

I got it in 2001, so it’s just shy of 6 years old. It was used (and abused) daily, and ran as a server, so it was always on. Still, I think 6 years is a short life for a Mac. I’ve got Apple hardware twice that old that still runs fine. Through the years I upgraded the RAM many times, put in new hard drives, added a second video card, added USB cards, upgraded the optical drive… It was a good machine.


The details are fuzzy, but Saturday night, Dana was using her account, and thanks to “Fast User Switching” was switching it over to my account when it froze with a kernel panic. I figured it was no big deal, as I get a kernel panic about once or twice a year, so we called it a night, and I rebooted it.

I didn’t realize until Sunday morning at 5:30 AM that the Mac never rebooted properly. I could power it off, and then power it back on, but the monitor would never show anything. Panic? Not yet… I tried many, many reboots. I tried zapping the PRAM, removing some of the RAM, disconnecting the hard drives, starting from a DVD, trying another monitor, trying both video cards, and then I even pulled out the processor upgrade card, and put in the original one. Still no luck. It would chime the startup sound, and I could use the keyboard since the PRAM zap worked, but no dice, just dead.

Now was the time to panic slightly. I checked my backup strategy. I had most of the files I needed for clients. They get backed up to an external drive nightly. There was one project missing, which I stupidly had sitting on the desktop instead of in the ‘clients’ folder, but I was pretty sure that was backed up on my iPod as well. (Yay for multiple backup plans!) So my backups were good, but didn’t have everything, just client essentials.

At this point, I carefully removed the two hard drives from the Mac, and connected them to my iBook with the connector from one of my external USB hard drives. It’s all good. No data loss. To be honest, I would have been devastated if I had lost all my data. That’s the irreplaceable stuff. The computer? Sure I loved it, but it’s just a computer. It’s not my digital life.

So now what? My guess is the logic board is dead, which means the Mac is useless. I’ll run with the iBook as my main machine for now, while I formulate a plan. I have a few, I just need to determine which is best.


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