Mac-less Yet Again!

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It’s deja vu all over again. I’m Mac-less. Like it was 2 years ago when I sold my iMac G4. And also like 4-5 years ago, when I got rid of my ageing PowerMac 8600. Feels weird. This gaping void. Where my PowerBook used to sit, just a day ago, is an empty space with a spare mouse and mousepad. With nothing else. Empty.

My PowerBook G4 was handed over to its new owner late last night. I bid my final farewell to my beloved portable, one that has served me well without complaint, fuss or problems over the course of two years. It’s been a pretty much problem-free machine, except for the battery which was affected by the Apple Battery Exchange program twice. (er, yes, twice. Lucky me!).

So in this transitional period, I’d be home alone. The optical mouse with no USB port to plug in to. The 20m Cat-5 cable without a Ethernet port to network with. Sigh. No more pre-shut-eye Best Motoring videos. No midnight blogging. For now at least.

I will not be taking delivery of the almost new iMac Intel Core Duo until after Raya. It’s gonna be lonely I tell ya. *Sniff* Anyone wants to keep a lonely, Mac-less guy on those cold nights, please give me a call. Only sexy, lonely, obliging women need apply!

On the Apple front, Apple has discovered a Windows virus in a small number of Video iPods recently. The RavMonE.exe virus is a well-known Windows virus and is believed to have been carried by Apple’s contract manufacturer of its Video iPod. Apple cites, on its website:

We recently discovered that a small number – less than 1% – of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006, left our contract manufacturer carrying the Windows RavMonE.exe virus. This known virus affects only Windows computers, and up to date anti-virus software which is included with most Windows computers should detect and remove it. So far we have seen less than 25 reports concerning this problem. The iPod nano, iPod shuffle and Mac OS X are not affected, and all Video iPods now shipping are virus free. As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it.

Who’s exactly to blame? Apple blames Windows for being virus-prone. And Apple also blames itself for not catching it in the first place. Not a BIG problem (especially not for Mac users), but anything that leaves the factory and is sold should be virus-free, Windows or Mac.

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Perhaps it’s an Apple PR thing to sell more Macs? Who knows eh?

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