Why I’m waiting on a new computer

Got a new job, got an old iMac (800 MHz G4!), gonna get a new com­put­er!  Right?  After spend­ing two sol­id days re-mas­ter­ing the Home Com­put­ing Mas­ter Plan, I think I can safe­ly say, maybe.

The first thing that has to hap­pen is item num­ber one in the Mas­ter Plan.  We need a new disk for the back­up sys­tem.  We’re start­ing to get full, and they are cheap ($135) so there’s no real rea­son to avoid it.

The sec­ond thing that needs to hap­pen is that I need to get a pay­check.  We need to see exact­ly how much I’m bring­ing in after tax­es, com­pare it to exact­ly how much we hem­or­rhage each month, and fig­ure out if we can buy a new com­put­er, and whether that is before or after we plug the leak in the base­ment, or clothe our chil­dren, etc.

And so, I wait.  Slow­ly.  Just today I have had two encoun­ters with the Dread­ed Beach­ball on my Mac.  The first took twelve min­utes to resolve itself.  The sec­ond one was final­ly end­ed with a Forced Quit after twen­ty min­utes.