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expensive parts

friendly note: do not go to the apple store at the glendale galleria, at least for a month or two. between the ongoing construction in the parking structure which makes it a bear to get in and out of, and the super-small space the apple store is in while they remodel their usual location, it is not a particularly pleasant experience. luckily, they called my name about ten minutes after my appointment was scheduled. the store was jam-packed, especially for the middle of wednesday afternoon.

the genius made a quick verdict of fried logic board for the mac mini. when he looked up the price to repair it, it came up as $612. which is just barely less than a new mac mini would be. now it is up to my boss (or his boss, or his boss, or his boss, or maybe someone else) to decide if replacing the computer is an acceptable expense.

after giving me the bad news on the computer, the genius hooked up the monitor that i thought had a fried power supply, and it turns out that it works just fine. whew!

we grabbed a late lunch at the oinkster in eagle rock after leaving the apple store (and i dragged celia out of the pet store next door). their bbq pork sandwich is so tasty. and so is the ube shake.

h₂o is not your friend

actually, water is not my computer’s friend. in a spectacularly clutzy move, i managed to spill water on my desk, pretty much straight into my mac mini, and then it proceeded off the back of my desk into the power supply for my monitor. it looks like both the mac and the monitor power supply are dead.

at least the water missed my external drive. there is not really any important data on the mini itself.

i have an appointment for wednesday to see what an apple genius can do for me. besides commiserate.

mac mini for sale

i am slowly chipping away at all the unnecessary electronics around here. up for sale now is: mac mini, 1.42ghz g4, 1gb ram, 80gb hard drive, tiger, ilife '06 gone.

i listed it on craigslist for $300, but could certainly be talked down from that.

don’t give up the fight

antirsi is a nice little application that sits in the mac os x dock and bothers you every so often to take short typing breaks and longer get-away-from-the-computer breaks. i’ve never had serious wrist problems, and i don’t really expect to have any since i am not much of a crank-code-out sort of programmer. i started using it to remind me to get up and give my back a break.