My laptop has been a bit long in the tooth for a while now. It’s a 12″ Mac Powerbook G4 circa 2003. It actually runs OS 10.5 pretty well, which is impressive considering it originally came with OS 9 (that’s — count ’em — 6 operating systems ago). The most noticeable issue is that it struggles to play video such as YouTube, and if I’m working with a particularly large file (150+ MB) it struggles to handle it.

So I needed a new one, but didn’t want to drop a grand on it. What to do? Well, I found a fixer-upper on eBay for just over $400. Impressively, it’s last year’s model Macbook with maxed out RAM and a good size hard drive. The down side is that it lacks an optical drive, and the keyboard is en Español.

Got the computer in the mail Tuesday. Thanks to “Target Disk Mode” via Firewire, I was able to wipe the drive and install the OS without an optical drive. Had a small hiccough transferring my old data from my Time Machine backup, in that I had forgotten that my backup doesn’t include my applications. Re-doing the transfer from my bootable backup drive fixed that nicely.

So — I’ll be putting about another $100 into the computer, as I got an English keyboard assembly for $30, and an optical drive for about $75 (both on eBay). I even found an online auction for the *brackets* for the optical drive, which is handy since the computer I bought had the drive completely removed (“it was making a funny noise” I’m told).

So now I get to do surgery. Cool! 🙂 I replaced the hard drive in the Powerbook a couple years back, so I have a bit of experience with cracking open laptops. Should be an interesting exercise, involving steady hands and very, very small screwdrivers.

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Every Halloween costume you ev…

Every Halloween costume you ever had was a failure compared to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG8CUHGb1Y4 (via @TheBloggess)

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Virtual Multiblog 2.6.1

Just released Virtual Multiblog v2.6.1. The primary new feature in the 2.6 line is auto-plugins.

That is, you can specify plugins that are automatically activated for all (or just some) blogs.

Check it out!

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Mac OS 9 lives!

Mac OS 9 lives! And it has a browser: http://classilla.org/

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An ode to long URLs

An ode to long URLs – and a suggestion or two: http://bit.ly/syESq

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10,000 words advocating “sub plugins”….

10,000 words advocating “sub plugins” for WordPress, only to discover I’ve just reinvented something called “Interfaces” http://lists.automattic.com/pipermail/wp-hackers/2009-June/026567.html

[2011-12-21 edit: updated broken link]

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Virtual Multiblog helper app

Hackadelic has released a (beta) WordPress plugin designed to automate using Virtual Multiblog. This is still in development, but the initial test I did looks promising. Basically the plugin creates an interface in the WP admin for creating new virtual installs.

If you’re interested in playing with unfinished software, go check out the Hackadelic Multiblog Kit. Looking forward to v1.0!

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A Brief History of JavaScript

1995 – Brendan Eich reads up on every mistake ever made in designing a programming language, invents a few more, and creates LiveScript. Later, in an effort to cash in on the popularity of Java the language is renamed JavaScript. Later still, in an effort to cash in on the popularity of skin diseases the language is renamed ECMAScript.

One Div Zero: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages.

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