Saturday, February 3, 2007

Death in service... Rest in Peace, Nadia.

Nadia, my dear, thank you for a wonderful year...

Nadia, my Macintosh Powerbook G3 "Lombard", died today after a year of faithful service. My first "modern" Powerbook, Nadia took over for my ailing Powerbook 5300 (aka Raven) as my mobile office and website maintenance machine.

Nadia was also the first Mac I had that was able to run OS X. In the three months I used OS X, I became enamoured... OS X is so easy to use, and it introduced me to the "modern" internet. I created my first blog using Nadia (first through Blogger's web interface, then through Ecto) and had fun using Shrook to catch all my favourite RSS feeds.

When I decided to buy a new MP3 player, I went with an iPod, because I knew it would work well with my Powerbook. It didn't disappoint! iTunes is so easy to use, it's unreal... seamless updating of my iPod.

Life was grand for the month after my iPod arrived... until today. At 7pm today, Nadia died. Victim of CPU failure.

She will be missed.

As will all the songs I imported from my CDs, my serial number for Ecto (which I forgot to write down), pictures from my digital camera, and a few web-related projects I was working on. Wish I'd bought that CDRW drive when I had the money...

Looks like I'm in the market for a new Powerbook. And an external drive enclosure, so I can salvage what I can from Nadia's hard drive.

I'm leaning towards buying the Lombard's successor, the Pismo... likely a 500MHz model. Why? Because I have three batteries for Nadia, and they'll work on a Pismo... not to mention a CD/DVDROM drive, spare PRAM battery, and a few other accessories, too...

That, and a Pismo is much more inexpensive than, say, a new Macbook.