Requiem for an iBook…

July 16th, 2007 by k8gu Leave a reply »

The title is needlessly dramatic.  After 4 years, 11 months, and some 6 days, of faithful service, my iBook G3 has finally bit the big one.  Actually, it’s presently with some Apple “Genius” somewhere awaiting diagnosis for it’s problem (does not turn on).

In the mean time, I am most grateful to a research scientist in the RSSS group who lent me his old 12″ PowerBook G4, which I have spent the day outfitting to act just like my old iBook.  I was really hoping to get 5 years out of the iBook.  But, I suppose as long as I can keep the G4 going, all’s well that ends well.  The only things I still need are MATLAB and the data from my old hard drive.  Hopefully, the Geniuses don’t destroy that.

Unfortunately, the ECE Department has stopped  paying for “stand alone” MATLAB licenses.  So, I’ll have to get a “group” license and run my own license server.  At least the computer is honestly University-owned.