I mentioned in, I think, adequate and appropriate amounts the recent signs my computer is ready to retire: the fullness of its hard drive, the increasing numbers of softwares I can't run due to having a G4-based microchip, the keyboard which is failing me faster than my fingers are failing me, and most recently the power cord which has worn out. The obvious path to take has been clear for months; so, after only months of diddling about and with the aid of skylerbunny in rousing notions into action, I did it. I bought a new computer.
It's a new Mac, as those who know me would expect. It's one of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, newest-line model --- the newest computer I've ever bought, as this edition was just released a few weeks ago. In keeping with my father's policy about rare and durable (modulo the market) purchases I over-spent, getting the faster chip and the higher-pixel screen on the theory that if I keep this for years I shouldn't have any nagging feelings of ``if only I'd spent a hundred dollars more and got the slightly fancier model''. It represents several new frontiers for me, being my first Intel-powered computer, and the first with that button-free trackpad thing, and my first web camera-enabled computer (discounting the one at work because it's not my computer and I stuck a Post-It note tab over the camera the day it was brought in).
I'd like to report on its performance but it's about three hours into what it estimated as 14 hours, 29 minutes of transferring the 25.9 gigabytes which made up my previous computer's existence, from Time Capsule, onto the new machine. I suppose I could have just built from scratch, but if migrating your data is supposed to be a good thing, and I think it is, I'm going to take advantage of it. So I have another day to consider just which programs I want to have on my new machine, and how to organize everything. I could use some organization; I've never had it, myself.
Trivia: Josiah Willard Gibbs's 1876 paper establishing the theory of chemical thermodynamics he had published only in the Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, where it languished in obscurity until 1883 when Wilhelm Ostwald translated it into German. Source: Asimov's New Guide To Science, Isaac Asimov.
Currently Reading: Dick Tracy: America's Most Famous Detective, Editor Bill Crouch, Jr. It's articles and original writing and many, many strip examples including several complete stories, originally published about 1990 so it gives away spoilers for the movie. And I'm definitely going to have to quote various bits at length, which I'll save for later in the week.