Snow and IceBook

We have a fine crop of tulips this spring.

“It’s totally snowing,” said Herself at dark-thirty as she was leaving for work.

“No sir,” said I.

As usual, she was right.

It wasn’t much in the way of a storm. Just a piddling little wind-driven dusting. Happily, it didn’t nuke the tulips, which have been popping up with more enthusiasm than the daffodils, which had a very short and sparse run indeed.

Forty-four steps later. …

It being slightly sucky outdoors, I decided to take care of a bit of business indoors, where it was warm.

Herself’s old iPad 2 had been awaiting recycling, along with my old 800 MHz G3 iBook. The iPad had already been wiped and reset, but the iBook had not; alas, when I tried to wipe it via Target Disk Mode the sonofabitch croaked on me. And after only 14 years, too. They sure don’t make ’em the way they used to.

So I had to take it apart to get to the hard drive — don’t want the terrorists to lay hands on all my classified data from 2003 — and lemme tell you, I am mighty glad I didn’t have to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Pulling the HDD required 44 steps and like Tim “Men Are Pigs” Allen I just knew I’d be left with a real small bag of important-looking shit left over.

 

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8 Responses to “Snow and IceBook”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Why not a good working over with a BFH for the iBook followed by trip to the recycler? It would have felt good. Punish the thing for failing on ye!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Oh, I gave it serious consideration, Paddy me boyo. But I’d only been in the thing once before, if memory serves — either to add an AirPort card, RAM, or both — and I was kind of curious about its innards.

      Not any more. Assembling paragraphs is a whole lot easier than assembling computers.

      Also, it took my mind off the news, which seems all bad lately.

  2. Mike Frye Says:

    I had the same unit, plus the external Porsche designed 1 TB external hard drive and two remote DVD read/write burners. They’re all in a box upstairs. Now I understand that you’re an “important”person and perhaps the spooks would be interested in what you are saying in 2003, but the way I figure it, if you’re on the Internet they probably have that information already someplace.

    The question is: what good is all that data anyway? I remember looking up the CIA website for information about China on report I was writing for school so maybe I got flagged also.

    There’s a huge facility in southern Oregon that uses a power generation of a dam just to run the hard drives of data collection. That’s a lot of bits.

    Next question: Do you shop online occasionally? Or when you go to the store do you use cash or those little plastic things with the chip in it? That’s the kind of metadata that gets me wondering. It’s not big brother I’m terribly worried about because I’m not that important, But it’s big brother’s little friend that’s got me scratching my head. I’m sure there’s at least 12 files that has your particular ID code tacked on it that are running around following you in every transaction you make and every show you like to watch or download, they may not be working for the feds but I don’t think that their in your corner.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      AIn’t no doubt about it, Mike. My iPhone informs on me every time I make a move, and I’ve written enough stupid shit on the Innertubes since my AOL days to raise more than a few red flags.

      Speaking of red flags, I don’t suppose my commie days passed unnoticed, especially since I insist on reminiscing about them. And the firearms are all legal, so that info’s in the dossier as well.

      Take a laptop to a coffee shop and say hello to Uncle Sammy (or his cousins AT&T, Verizon or CenturyLink). Pay for the java with a credit card and they know your flavor.

      Own a car? Too many computers in the modern auto for anyone’s comfort. They can tell another ‘puter the mile marker at which you passed gas thanks to the drive-through tacos you had for lunch. And the next time you fire up the laptop there’ll be a Tums ad on the NYT homepage.

      Bottom line, I guess, if you want to fly under the radar, is to pay cash for everything, do without a cell phone, computer and any modern “smart” appliances, and ride a bike or walk.

      But then they’ll have you on the video cameras that are pretty much everywhere these days. Shit, I ain’t paranoid or nothing, but I’m starting to think they’re out to get us.

      Meanwhile, in other news: The Mac Pro lives!

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      There is no privacy when you are on the innertubes. Internet privacy was already dead, and congress passing the law allowing ISPs to sell your browsing data drove a wooden stake through its heart
      to make sure it stays dead. And those shopper’s loyalty cards that every chain store wants you to use provides another rich source of data that can be checked to make sure you are behaving yourself and being a good citizen. All that data goes here, and we paid for it.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_Data_Center

      BOHICA, baby.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I know a guy who refuses to use one of them fancy GPS watches to log distance and elevation gain when he hikes, though he is something of a watch fetishist. Says he doesn’t want The Great and Powerful Oz to know what he’s up to all the time.

        Remember when we all routinely left home without our phones? Sure, this was largely because they were bolted to the wall, and the cords were only about yay long, but still.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Yep, I already told you guys about our no contract flip phones.

        Speaking of automation in cars, I finally popped for a new Corolla iM. Sumbitch is a computer with an engine! At least I got the 6 speed manual transmission, so I am in control of something while driving. It even has a switch to fold in the side mirrors if you have a tight garage space. And that is standard equipment. Color, you ask? Let’s call it screaming yellow green; it’s maybe brighter than my orange (inferno) truck.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Dumb phone and a smart car? The world, she changes too fast for the likes of me.

        I think the smartest thing in my ’05 Forester is power windows. No, strike that, heated seats. Whoever invented those should get an award of some sort.

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