Yesterday was my birthday and my biggest preoccupation was whether Apple was going to introduce new MacBook Pro models. Rumors had been flying ever since they didn’t show up at Macworld last month. My laptop is almost exactly three years old and the screen has been slowly dying for the last year and a half. So I desperately need to replace it.
Around noon, local time (CET or UTC+1), I found that the Apple Store was being updated, a sure sign that new products would soon be available. I then decided to print some more shopping lists that I use weekly when I go grocery shopping at Alcampo. Lo and behold I couldn’t print on either my laser or ink-jet printer.
I tried resetting the print subsystem, rebooting, etc. all to no avail. I searched several “fix it” sites and found that another person had the same symptoms. After several “suggestions” had been tried without success, I saw the dreaded “re-install the system”, which finally cured the problem. Groan.
This was about the time that Ruben called asked how I was enjoying my birthday. I wasn’t. I was very anxious about having to spend several hours in reloading my laptop and not sure that it would be successful.
Just before I “cloned” my hard disk, as the first part of my system reload, I received an e-mail from my son who had sent a one-liner that said my daughter was in labor. I knew that her time was getting near, but the due date was that of the elecciones generales (9 March), which was nearly two weeks away.
And now Apple was showing new MacBook Pros available with me about to be computerless for several hours. And all because I probably made an incorrect
rm *” in priviledged mode last week.
So I backed up my hard disk and proceeded to re-install the OS. I knew that at one point it would prompt for transferring user data and applications that could be fetched from the back-up drive.
At 19:30 it was time for me to head into town for “Happy Hour” at Átame. So left my laptop churning away with installing all my changes from the past three years.
I returned home two hours later and it was only a few minutes before I could login. Of course I didn’t want to “touch” any applications until after I had downloaded and installed the myriad of “fixes” that Apple has released the past two years. It took five uses of “Software Update” before nothing else was available. At least the process was fairly automatic and my ISP was delivering a 14 mbps download rate.
You are now a Grandpa
I checked my e-mail and there was a message from my son, another one-liner:
Jack weighs 7LB 15 ¾ ounces he is also 20” long. He seems very healthy.
So I became a grandfather for the first time on my birthday!
A bit later I ordered a new computer.
From the pedido (order):
MacBook Pro 17-inch
- CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
- RAM: 2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB
- Hard disk: 200GB Serial ATA @ 7200 rpm
- Optical Drive: SuperDrive 8X (DVD+R DL/DVD+RW/CD-RW)
- Display: Hi-Resolution Glossy Widescreen Display
- Keyboard: ISO Spanish
- System: Mac OS (int'l English)
The memory and SuperDrive are “stock”. I upgraded the processor speed, the speed of the hard disk, and the hi-res glossy display. The keyboard is ISO Spanish, which is not available in the US. (They have something called “Western Spanish”, which is popular in México.)
When I got to the “pay” part of the order process, my debit card was rejected, probably because the amount was over my transaction limit. So I went back and selected transferencia bancaria. And I was successful in printing the instructions for making the bank transfer.
This morning after chatting on-line with Ruben, I walked to the nearest branch of “la Caixa”. It was only few moments before I was back home. Currently my order is: En proceso de revisión.
It certainly was a birthday to remember!