First, the Bad NewsTM:
- After falling asleep during a thunderstorm, my motherboard got fried.
- I’m no longer a university student.
- When payroll at my student job learns of #2, I’ll be out of a job too.
- Replacing the motherboard and getting a laptop (which must be done quickly in order to take advantage of fleeting student discounts) cost 3400 dollars.
- My bank restricts my transactions to something less than $3400, requiring some juggling of phone calls between them and Apple.
- The laptop is a PowerBook, which I ordered about two days before Jobs announced that Apple is ditching the PPC in favor of x86.
- An ATM machine ate my debit card after I had paid for all that junk above — leaving me the $20 I had just taken out as my sustinence until today.
- It’s rediculously hot in my apartment.
(I should probably note that the combination of the above situations has turned comical, with each situation individually infuriating and, at the same time, extremely trivial.)
Next, the Good NewsTM:
- I have much more time to actually do GNOME hackage.
- The LDAP/Samba PDC/CUPS stuff at work is up, running, and working well — next up is some server shuffling, moving a pair of Compaq desktop boxen that had been serving admirably as the firewall and SUS server to the lab, replacing the last of our NT4-based desktops.
- I finally have a nice laptop to ward^Wplay around with.
- X11 on breezy works great now.