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Hardcore geekery

It took an attempted install of Mac OS X Leopard to uncover the sad fact that my desktop's boot disk had bad media. There were a few bad moments in there before I installed Leopard onto the second disk and discovered that the bad one was at least readable. Except for the bad sectors. Anyway, all data recovered; Leopard purring away on the desktop; development tools installed. Ready to roll.

Now that the Leopard upgrade is established as painless aside from timebomb hardware, I'll go through the house and upgrade all the Macs. We are almost entirely an OS X & Linux household these days. With the exception of our firewall, which runs FreeBSD on a diskless Soekris. Highly recommended, btw.

I have a handle on my Ninth Doctor ficathon assignment. I am going to try Nine's point of view, because I think I can't pull off the other character's viewpoint. And I have a kind of hunch about a sort of manic rapid-fire thing that I want to try for the Doctor. Dunno. This assignment still scares the pants off me.

Especially since stories are already appearing in forty_or_better, which kinda points up how late I am at starting this.

Also, have discovered new music: Vector-Lovers. Electro meets ambient, two genres I'm fond of. The album Afterglow is warm and almost emotional.
  • Current Music: Tokyo Glitterati (extended mix) : Vector Lovers : Boulevard
This assignment still scares the pants off me. Especially since stories are already appearing in forty_or_better, which kinda points up how late I am at starting this.</b>

My assignment for the bujold_fic ficathon was started approximately three days before it was due in July because of the madness that was summer_of_giles. I got through it by pretending it was a tag-fic and that I just needed to write it as fast as possible with no pressure. Then I had someone beta it, of course, but it happened to begin with by tricking my brain. I knew I could write something decent with the time I had - I'd been doing it for awhile by then - it was just a matter of doing it.

So. That's my advice. Trust your skills, which are substantial; pretend it's tag-fic if you have to. And just do it.
Tag-fic. Huh. A very useful suggestion. And with that in mind... I pull the trigger on leather-jacketed ear-wiggling joy!
I've heard a lot of Leopard bugs aren't ironed out yet, so I'm going to wait for the .1 version.

Ever since upgrading to Leopard, friends have reported errors like failure in syncing calendars w/ external hardware (like iPhones), audio playing out of sync in EyeTV, molasses slowness of the machine when running Azureus, increased crashing in Mail (which was always a crashy application anyway, hence my love of Mulberry), and even Safari crashing (hence my love of Firefox). Also, problems with BootCamp (hence, my preference for Parallels).

Granted, I don't have an iPhone, but I do have EyeTV and do run Azureus, and have to use Safari a lot for work (because god forbid web apps are QA'd in all browsers). I'd prefer to stick with 10.4.x for now.
I also have EyeTV! It's a nice product. I use XTorrent, however, and not Azureus. Bootcamp is required if you want to do anything that demands high performance in Windows-land, though (like play Half-life 2, which is the only reason I ever look at Windows any more).

My Macbook, which is my true development machine, will be the last to get upgraded, though, because I know there will be a few gotchas.