I interrupt Christmas cheer with a classic DummyGeekGurl gripe.
The other week, I had accepted a firmware upgrade alert from Apple Inc. I had upgraded my firmware successfully, and I was fascinated by how it’s done. When the computer shuts down and restarts after the other software upgrades, instructions would greet you upon startup on how to perform the firmware upgrade. You restart (or was it shut down?) your computer again, then long-press the power button till the “sleep” indicator light (the one near the infrared receptor/port/whatever on the right side, where a floppy or a CD drive usually is on other computers) blinks repeatedly, or a beeping sound is elicited. Then the computer will just upgrade itself. When you boot up again, voila! You have upgraded your system.
I somehow thought that that would make things better for Sayuri. Alas, it actually wreaked havoc, a bit. Somehow, I think the system runs more efficiently nowadays. However, I hate the fact that it seems to need more RAM now. Before, Sayuri survived on 512 MB RAM. Today, Camino crashes constantly, and I constantly seem to have that RAM-maxing-out phenomenon once too often.
Thus, I am working on getting more revenue so that I can buy Sayuri the RAM she deserves. Poor Sayuri, the 2nd-gen MacBook. 🙁
Indeed, OS X (Tiger) is such a RAM hog. Sadly, I love it too much to part with it. 🙁 In fact, I’m so in love with Tiger that when I saw Leopard, I made up my mind not to ride the wave of change. It’s that iTunes-like thing in lieu of my beloved Tiger Finder interface that made me loathe to even consider the upgrade. :p
In other news, I had started a wishlist segment up on Froodee, so I will have one up here too. Today’s salivation is an OEM laptop. She may be unbranded, but you have to admit, she’s a beauty. I spoke with the dealer of this over the message system of the online marketplace where I found this, and I must admit, he had me smitten with her. One of this baby’s sisters fell out of a customer’s car, and nary a dent nor scratch was incurred by the lappie. According to the dealer, this is a favorite among local doctors, for its lightness and durability. I never really thought about OEM laptops before, but when the dealer told me the reason why some brands ship out bum laptops, and as he told me about the history of his laptops and how returns were rare for this model, I have to admit, he got my hypnotized with this Arima beauty. Just clickie clickie on the pics for the specs and to realize that a Php 35000 (around $830) laptop with the following specs might be worth salivating over this Christmas season (1GB RAM, 1.73 GHz, 80GB HD, DVD Dual Layer burner, ATI Mobility Radeon x1300, Bluetooth). 😉