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Errantry: Novak's Journal
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Personal: A New Mac 
11th-Nov-2007 04:36 pm
Mac
ARRRGGGG!!! Okay. Calming down. Here's the scoop: on my limited grad-student budget, I hate spending big money. I can spend far more small units of money than I can afford, if I'm not careful, but when I have to make a large purchase, I hem, I haw, I second-guess and double-take, I hesitate, I consult. And then, with all the drama of chopping off both my hands at once (very tricky, when you think about it), I finally execute. Which is what I just did. Finally. After thinking through options and variations for an hour or two longer than necessary, given how much I've already thought about this over the last few months.

Ambrose, me old iMac 700MHz G4, is now the oldest in-use computer I have ever owned, being a six year-old model I've had for five and a half years. I bought him in April of 2002, for starting Doctoral studies in August of that year. My previous computers had been bought at the start of Master's studies and at the start of my high school teaching career, respectively. All of these coming at a turning point academically, made me want to hold off on buying a new one until the start of my first professorship, just for symmetry's sake, and because I am dorky that way. But waiting another year is unrealistic at this point. As I said, Ambrose is now old. I've maxed out increasing his memory, and am on my second external hard drive, but these are now maxing out on space. The internet itself is so media-saturated, that that is slowing down his performance to annoyingly slow levels at times, and the other month I experienced my first hardware failure with one of my Macs, as one of his USB ports suddenly just died. I'd budgeted more with an eye toward a car this semester, but with the suspicion that the computer issue was going to creep up on me, I held off, and am spending in this direction instead.

So, time to upgrade. friede helpfully contributed the rationalization that I really ought to have considered candidacy – passing my doctoral exams and becoming ABD – as a significant-enough shift to warrant an upgrade. I had never thought of that, and, in both being retroactive and coming from someone else, makes the rationalizing quality of that move all too painful for me to invoke. So, I'm changing computers without really changing my academic placement, but these are crazy times.

All right. That's the end of my freaking out that I just spent as much money as I did. I custom-ordered a new iMac 24-inch, Duo 2.4GHz Intel Core processors, with 2GB of 667 DDR2 SDRAM, and a spacious 750GB hard drive. I'll try just to think "shiny!" instead of about the cash involved in my new investment.
Comments 
11th-Nov-2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
SHINY.

Also, I am (almost always) right. So. What other "rationale" do you really need?
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12th-Nov-2007 02:07 am (UTC)
None, really, but now that I acknowledge this, don't complain when I want you to balance my checkbook, etc....

Oh, I have a snotty comment just DANCING on my tongue, but I am going to nobly refrain...

Where is the photo from?
12th-Nov-2007 02:15 am (UTC)
I just found the pic online while looking for pics of the new iMac. Since it had my current model next to my future model, I thought the comparison was fun.
12th-Nov-2007 02:06 am (UTC)
None, really, but now that I acknowledge this, don't complain when I want you to balance my checkbook, etc....

Mickey Mattox, who I worked for the other year, is also a big Mac enthusiast in the Department, and he and I were geeked about the 24-inch screen just for the exciting possibility of having two Word documents open and (Shazam!) next to one another, without the annoying flipping back and forth being necessary....

12th-Nov-2007 12:38 am (UTC)
I <3 your icon.
12th-Nov-2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll have to update it now, with the latest step in my personal Mac evolution. Plus, I really putzed up the first image, anyway....
12th-Nov-2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Congrats! You know this is a basic tool of the trade - it is an investment in your future. But I do understand...I have to overcome a mountain of guilt to spend big chunks of money (granted, in m case it is community funds)....You did the necessary thing.. Just do it for the greater glory of God.
John
12th-Nov-2007 02:05 am (UTC)
I know, I know... it's just that last that's always the challenge....
13th-Nov-2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
So what's it called?
14th-Nov-2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Well, that's the great question, isn't it? My current desktop G4 is Ambrose, and my G4 laptop that my Dad bought for me used two years ago is Simplicianus, both significant figures in the circle of the mighty Augustine of Hippo. So is this the computer that bears Augustine's name, or do I do one more out of the circle first, like naming this one for Marius Victorinus?

Such drama!

So, lessee. If I figure a lifespan of around 85 years for me, with a computer update every four or five years, that gives me some 9 to 11 more names in front of me, doesn't it? So I can go for a certain amount of the biggest theological names (Augustine, Origen, Thomas, Rahner, Luther, Tertullian) and that's already more than halfway there.... Yikes! But then, presume some doubling up with laptops running concurrently and needing to be named, and non-theologians who are neverless superstars, like Francis.... Sheesh, Jen: I'm almost dead!
14th-Nov-2007 07:41 am (UTC)
Who'd've thought this would be the most difficult and taxing part of getting a new computer? I was thinking of naming my work computer, but I'm not sure they'd appreciate me changing something that core (although it doesn't have an everyday name at the moment).
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