No Joy In Mudville

And Hilo certainly is mudville these days. We’ve enjoyed [sarcasm alert] probably the wettest period of the past 5 or 6 years. I actually enjoy the rain, except that it makes it most difficult to mow the lawn or get anything accomplished outside the house. It also makes my wife miserable. My father, who lives in Kihei on Maui (one of the driest spots in the state) actually has a device next to his bed that generates a rain sound which helps him get to sleep. I know the feeling, the pitter-patter of rain on our metal roof is hypnotic and helps me get to sleep as well, as long as it’s not rainging too hard, in which case it sounds like we’re living under a waterfall.

There was a lot of Apple news yesterday, Apple Computer, Inc. is just Apple, Inc., to demonstrate their new focus on being a consumer electronics company and not just a computer company. The iPhone looks great, except I don’t want a cell phone. I created a Hawaiian term for it that translates to “wireless umbilical cord.” AppleTV? I’m still scratching my head over this one. What is the quality of video bought on iTunes and how does it look on a 42″ HDTV? I have to go back and look at the Keynote.

Bad news on my personal Mac front. The same day that all of these goodies are announced the hard disk in my PowerBook G4 bit the big one, fortunately everything is backed up, but it’ll still a PITA. I have an iBook G4 that I can temporarily install my critical files on, but the hard disk is smaller and I can’t do a complete restore. Drats! But the icing on the cake was that .Mac’s webmail service was down for several hours last night and this morning, cutting me off from email while I try to resurrect my comatose PowerBook. The heavens are crying a thousand tears for me this morning; at least that’s how I look at it.

Update: It looks like my Celtic Cousin Scott is having a bad technology week, too.

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