New Computers and Returning Carnivals

I got a new laptop. I’m currently trying to transplant my brain onto it and the surgery is taking longer than expected (although, so far there seem to be no complications). The surprise I had planned for yesterday it currently sedated, but I expect the patient to start to get out of bed tomorrow.

In the interim, there is a carnival <a href=””> here </a> that is worth playing at.


  1. Sam Wise October 18, 2007 at 11:10 pm #

    Thanks for the link, but… um… it’s not displaying correctly. Good luck with the brain transplant,


  2. Doc Kinne October 19, 2007 at 12:05 am #

    Ah! New brains!!

    I can’t say much. I got a “new brain” – Ananda – just before last year’s Annual AAVSO Meeting, after my then current brain – Luke – had his LCD screen fritzed out.

    Oddly enough, several months later that screen came back. While I sit here typing at you from Ananda, my Intel MacBook, Luke, an old, venerable, Inspiron 7000 (366MHz P2, 192MB RAM) is currently updating himself to Kubuntu Linux V7.10.

  3. Freiddie October 19, 2007 at 6:29 am #


  4. Jorge Schrauwen October 19, 2007 at 6:39 am #

    So did you get the 17ich MacBook pro?

  5. Richard B. Drumm October 19, 2007 at 7:54 pm #

    Oooh! A new ‘puter! I have the older 17″ Mac PowerBook and couldn’t live without it.
    Just wish I had about twice the hard drive, though (I have 100GB) because I edit video professionally on it. I actually had to take all my astronomy stuff off it for a month so I could finish a DVD program’s edit!
    Egad! Aaaak! Pffft! Dog lips!
    Enjoy the new machine!

  6. Jorge Schrauwen October 20, 2007 at 4:27 am #

    Richqrd B. Drumm you can!
    There are some modifications to remove the DVD drive and place an extra hdd in there you can even do raid if needed.
    Sadly I can’t find the link again 🙁

    You would need a external DVD Writer then though. Or you could use an external HD.

    Or just install a bigger disk following this guide:

  7. Sam Wise October 20, 2007 at 10:05 am #

    Richard & Jorge,

    Best source of MBP upgrade’s I’ve found is Other World Computing ( Buy a bigger hard drive & external enclosure, follow the ifixit guide, and you’ll have a 250GB internal drive with your current drive as an external backup for a bit over $220.

    Can’t vouch for anybody else, but this is the path I’ll be on in a couple of weeks with my MBP.

    (COS #25 online at

  8. Richard B. Drumm October 20, 2007 at 11:30 pm #

    Thanks for the link, Jorge! I just spent half an hour there and it looks like I have the biggest drive that you can get in a 17″ G4. I have the 100GB drive and would need 120, 160 or even 200 GB, but I’d need the 7200 RPM model to spool video in & out. The ifixit page has large drives fot it but they’re all 5400 RPM. The ones that are big & fast are for Intel Macs and have the SATA interface (I’d need the ATA).

    I think I’ll keep my DVD drive where it is, I never know when a client’s gonna want a change in their project…
    I’ll be going down to my local Apple Store and getting an OS upgrade sometime, so I’ll check with the geeks there about large internal drives.

    In the meantime I’ll make do with external HDs like you suggested. I have a stack of 4 of them already, so having yet another won’t be much of a stretch! 😀

    Now back to your regularly scheduled thread! ;-D

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