Sunday, January 06, 2008

Computer headaches

So, last day of vacation and it feels like I'm coming down with a cold. That's not bad timing, I guess. Certainly better than coming down with one on the first day of vacation, but I don't think anyone at work is going to believe me if I call in sick tomorrow. So unless I'm half-dead on Monday morning I'm going to have to tough it out.

As for today, I wish I could say it was spent relaxing and taking it easy on the last day of vacation, but instead I did somethings probably not all that bright. First thing I did was touch up a good chunk of the photos we took during vacation and then sent them off to Wal-Mart. Cathy's folks are going to pick them up for us and send them up in a care package in a few weeks. Yes, our printer can do photos, but it's still much cheaper for Wal-Mart to do it then using our own ink on the photos.

Anyway, I thought that might take an hour or two. It was closer to four because of a few hiccups with the Wal-Mart site.

But then we had the real migraine...I decided to install Windows on my computer.

The nice thing about the new Macs is that I can do this. When I was in Florida I bought VM Fusion (software that allows Windows to run at the same time on my Mac) and a copy of Windows. I know Windows is evil because I use it at work. But at least there I have tech support when things go horrifically wrong. Here, I just have myself and I haven't used Windows on my own since about 1999.

Anyway, after some head bashing against the wall, I managed to get Fusion installed and updated, Windows installed and updated and then an anti-virus program installed and updated. So that was several more hours up in smoke. The one thing I failed to get done was my copy of Civilizations installed. I kept getting error messages and gave up at that point before pitching the works of it out the window.

If nothing else, dealing with Windows has once again reconfirmed why I love Macs so much. Turn them on and the bloody things work out of the box. Hours of fussing around with Windows and my work still isn't done.

Anyway, tomorrow is back to work and I guess back to posting about things other than vacation. Tomorrow is kind of the unofficial start to the new year in Nunavut. All the schools are back and most people who went out for Christmas are now back, or will be shortly. Break time's over.


Kara and Matt said...

The day I realized I loved my new mac was the first time I needed to print something last week. I spent a few hours looking for the cd that came with my printer to install it, and couldn't find it. I was pissed. So I thought, what the hell, I will just plug it in and see what happens. Well oh my god, the mac found it, loved it, and printed with it! I love this thing!!
The only thing that is irking me, is that when I use hotmail, I cannot upload more than one picture at a time. It is driving me insane!

Anonymous said...

Hi Matt & Kara: Not to chose sides, but you can just plug something into a PC and it will find it too.

Anonymous said... prints AND mails photos as well. And they are FAST! I received an order in 3 days once.

Jen said...

Anonymous, are you living up here and got your order in 3 days? Wow! How was the shipping? Normally futureshop tries to charge me my left arm.

Kara and Matt said...

I get orders from future shop photo too and I always get them in 3 days. And it is only about $5 for shipping, no matter how many pictures you order. For anything else from future shop you pay a retarded amount for shipping, but the pictures are cheap!

towniebastard said...

I don't even look at Future Shop anymore, given how expensive their shipping is. Perhaps I'll have to take another look at them. $5 isn't great for shipping. It's not like 4 by 6 pics are that bulky or heavy, but three days is impressive.

Anonymous said...

It's me, Anonymous. I live in Iqaluit and I guess the photo dept is more efficient. They ship from Vancouver which makes it even more strange that it ships so fast. The flat shipping rate is great... I usually ordered many photos at a time.

Mireille Sampson said...

My mac makes me happy. Thanks for all the advice, BTW. My ipod makes me happy too. If/when I live somewhere iphones are available, I'll get one. I hate cellphones and yet I can't get rid of the fucking things. I get rid of one and I am presented with a situation that neccesitates getting another one. Evil, I think there must be a deity - demonic one - of cellphones. But if the iphone is anything like the macbooks then they may change the way I feel about cells.