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.