austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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austin_dern

Oh, don't you dare look back, just keep your eyes on me

By the way, yes, it was a happy anniversary.


So, did you know that early-2011 model MacBook Pro laptops were subject to a defect in the video card that can cause the computer to freeze, or to spontaneously reset, or cause the video to glitch out unpredictably? Neither did I, until Sunday evening when it suddenly hit as I was starting to understand how to do anything in the grand strategy game Hearts Of Iron III. I thought it was a glitch from having a computationally intensive game going at the same time my usual slate of programs was running. But some experimentation showed it wasn't anything that simple, and I learned that Apple had announced the bug earlier this year. Fortunately, they're covering the cost of repair so all I'm out is the possession of my computer for hopefully a very few days.

I do have my older computer, the PowerBook G4 that I got over nine years ago. I'd forgotten some of its quirks, such as that its battery doesn't work at all. That's less than optimal. Also it's running a positively ancient version of the Mac operating system, somewhere around 10.5 or so. You can actually see it hauling bits by camel train. I probably shouldn't be making fun of it while it's my lifeboat so. But what's it going to do, glurbzad nifrongkle on me?

Trivia: The seventh month of the Babylonian calendar, Du, was dubbed Tashritu in the Semitic calendar and Dios in the Seleucid calendar. Source: Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, EG Richards.

Currently Reading: Water For A City: A History of New York City's Problem From The Beginning To The Delaware River System, Charles H Weidner.

PS: Reading the Comics, June 30, 2015: Fumigating The Theater Edition, not my best-managed Reading the Comics post but what the heck. Second of these since the last roundup.

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