So yesterday, while my house was occupied with, first, 5 teenage boys, and then two teenage girls, I decided to run a hardware test on my iMac. We’ve had the machine for a just a couple of years–we’re approaching 3, I think. It’s suffered some failures in the last 6-9 months. I had run the hardware test before and found no problems with it. This time, however, I got the message indicating imminent hard drive failure, so I started googling what I should do. I found a couple of people who’d replaced the hard drive themselves, so I decided that would be a good way to go.
Mr. Geeky and I trekked over to our local computer store, picked up a 1 TB hard drive for $65, a screwdriver set for $20 (it has 100 pieces!), some canned air, and some suction cups (next door at Bed, Bath, & Beyond). We also picked up more memory, but it turned out to be the wrong kind (damn my bad notes). It took a while to take everything apart–maybe an hour or so. But it was worth it. As I type this, I am copying over all my music over from backup.
I also received a new phone today. I had an original iPhone, which I have gotten a lot of use out of, but it was ceasing to function well for me. It was slow, and dropped many a phone call. I got a Motorola Atrix, an Android-based phone. I thought about moving to an iPhone 4, but the price was way up there and I thought it was time to try something new. I might even try my hand at developing something for it. I’ve been having fun setting up my home screen, adding all kinds of widgets. So far, I like the interface, even though some people complained about Motoblur, I think it’s kind of fun. It puts social networking front and center, which is a major activity for me on my phone. I also like having all my Google calendar stuff right there, which was a bit of a challenge on the iPhone. I never really liked Apple’s calendar.
Before all the computer and phone fun started, I spent a couple of hours programming a robot to go in a circle. It’s an interesting challenge when your motor speeds aren’t very consistent. More on that later.