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September 30, 2005

Shopping Spree

So I went and dropped what seems like an extravagant amount money. $200 didn't used to seem like so much, but after acquiring a wife and kids without a substantial increase in income, your financial perspective tends to shift.

I had some money in my PayPal account, which always seems like Monopoly money to me, so it was bound to get spent quick. My son's PC has been dying for awhile (the final nail in the coffin was my fireworks-studded experiment with a known-bad PSU), so I wanted to see what I could get to patch together a new PC for him. I already had many of the components I needed, so I was looking at spending about $150 at Newegg or eBay on yesterday's technology.

I stumbled across the Macs on eBay. I've never really liked Apple stuff. The few times I've sat down with the OS, it seemed like a toy. Like there was some electronic nanny inside the trendy-looking box who wanted to hold my hand while I frolicked among its candy-colored widgets and menus. However, I've never installed Linux on anything other than x86 hardware, so suddenly the Macs seemed exotic and added a new challenge.

When my wife saw me looking at the Macs she got mad because she knew there would be no way she could talk me into running Windows on it. She wants me to install Windows on his box because we have some Win32 games that people have bought him. People know we have a lot of computers in the house, so they assume we run Windows and buy him this stuff. Well, the disagreement came to a head when she called me a "Linux fanatic" and I calmly closed Firefox and told her she could buy him the computer.

miMacAfter much silence she once again demonstrated she was the bigger person and sincerely told me to go ahead and do what I wanted. So I did. I found an old-ass iMac 333MHz that was going for about $65 including shipping. I ended up getting it for $74 shipped. I don't have the damnedest idea what a 333MHz PPC can do, but I'm guessing that with a memory upgrade, it will run Linux and its educational kids games. If not, well I'll be able to go back to looking down my nose at Apple, and just getting to play with it will be worth the 74 bones.

So I've been occupying myself with what distro I'm going to install. I know SUSE is going to be offering a PPC version again, but I'm thinking it won't do so well on this old bastard. Debian, Ubuntu, and Gentoo made the short list, but I decided to give Yellow Dog the first crack at it.

Watch this space for ensuing hilarity as I take my first crack at Linux on PPC.

By only spending $74 on my son's puter, I was left with surplus pretend-money which was burning a hole in my electronic wallet. I decided on a 256mb memory upgrade on my wife's old laptop running Vector. This upgrade will take it to its unlikely max of 384mb of RAM. Not that it needs it; Vector runs slicker than snot on a doorknob, but buying it made me feel more masculine after the iMac purchase.

The RAM was only $45, so the rest of the money will be spent on a memory upgrade for the iMac and on preordering Episode III from Newegg. Speaking of pre-ordering, you can pre-order SUSE 10.0 at Amazon.

Posted 4 days, 10 hours ago on September 30, 2005
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