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Saturday, September 29, 2007

RIP PowerBook G4 Titanium "Tiraneus"

PowerBook G4 Titanium
Today was the day when I finally put my PowerBook G4 Titanium, aka "Tiraneus", to rest. It had been almost eight years since I bought it, though it hadn't been used in the last three years.

This PowerBook was a milestone in a few ways. It was the first computer I ever bought with my own money. It was also my first computer with a DVD drive. And it was the first electronic device I named! (I called it "Tiraneus" because it sounded like "Tyrannosaurus", but with an ancient Roman twist.)

I stopped using it after I got my current computer, iMac G5 "Onomatopoeia" about three years ago. And then things went downhill. The power adapter was the first to go, when it unexpectedly shorted out. I held off on buying a new adapter because I couldn't see myself spending that kind of money for a device that I didn't think I'd be using much.

Anyway, all that is water under the bridge now. Farewell, Tiraneus! You served me well.

(BTW if anyone wants it, you can have it. Note that I've removed the hard disk, memory chips and a few screws.)


Sunday, September 16, 2007

I'm still using Facebook, surprisingly

For a person who claims not to trust Facebook, it's amazing how my network has swelled to more than 100 friends. At last count, more than half are current colleagues, about a quarter are people I've met through blog-related gatherings, and the rest are, well, friends.

And to put Facebook to the "test", I've done the following:
  • added applications (and removed them because there were too many or required too much time),
  • posted three items for sale (none of which have sold),
  • shopped in its marketplace (with zero results),
  • searched for friends from a long time ago (with some success),
  • created a group (with limited success), and
  • joined a whole bunch of groups (though I don't interact within them).
I'd never have been this "active" with Friendster or even LinkedIn.


Friday, September 07, 2007

"Robotech"... the movie coming soon???

Oh... my... goodness!

"Robotech"! On the big screen!

If you had access to Malaysia's TV3 back in the 80's, you'd know what a big hit "Robotech" was! Everyone was watching the cartoon, everyone was reading the books, everyone bought those huuuuuge Art 1 graphic books.

I was introduced to "Robotech" by my sister. It was my first exposure to anime and I was blown away! The series was so captivating that I felt like I was living the stories. Till this day, I still get a kick out of listening to the soundtrack. I even managed to track down and watch the short-lived "Robotech: The Sentinels" sequel!

Now, Tobey "Spider-Man" Maguire has announced that he's going to make "Robotech" into a movie. I hope he doesn't screw it up. I'm still suffering from my "Transformers" screening. Read more here!