3 thoughts on “This Week Online: Week 49

  1. Kristoffer Nilaus Olsen

    My condolences on the passing away of the mother of your partner. I have never been to Urumchi but I have had the pleasure of meeting with representatives of the Uighur people as a grassroots activist hosting the visit to Denmark of a prominent Uighur, who used to be a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

    I just happened to notice that you have tagged Steve’s Home Network on del.icio.us using “macmini” as a tag. I am myself the happy owner of one such unit and am therefore a quite eager subscriber to new del.icio.us bookmarks carrying this tag. However, the article in itself seems to make no mention of the Mac Mini. I realise that everyone may have individual reasons for tagging a bookmark in the way he does for reasons of organisation – I was just wondering if I had perhaps missed anything about the original article?

    If you happen to be the owner of a Mac Mini well congratulations!

    Kristoffer

  2. Darren Post author

    Kristoffer:

    Thanks for the comprehensive comment. I had a good experience in Urumqi, all things considered. Thank you for the condolences. I’m used to living in a foreign culture here in Beijing, but at least I can communicate at a nominal level. But I don’t speak Uyghur, so I was pretty helpless there. My Tchou Tchou’s brother took the time out of his very busy and stressful schedule of leading the family to thank me for coming and supporting her and them. So I know it was good for me to be there.

    Yeah, as for the Mac Mini, I tagged Steve’s Home Network because I’m trying to figure out how to upgrade my Tchou Tchou’s computing environment so she can use all her old equipment. She’s got an old G3 Power Macintosh 9600/300 and a SCSI/Parallel flatbed scanner and a LaserWriter 16/600 PS. She did graphic design heavily back in the day. I figured out that the LaserWriter can do TCP/IP, so that’ll work with the Mac Mini, I think. It’s actually quite an amazing printer. I think it has at least four different ways of connecting to computers. Awesome! As for getting files off the old G3, I was thinking I’d have to use the AppleTalk networking, but the Mac Mini doesn’t have that. So there was some good information at Steve’s site about a heterogeneous network and AppleTalk connectors, etc. I really know nothing about Macs. And to make it worse, it’s all in Chinese on her systems. 🙁

    Anyway, I’m considering buying her a Mac Mini as a quick and cheap solution to her computing needs. We’ll see what happens. She’s currently using a Compaq 366 MHz Pentium II with 64 MB RAM. That’s not such a bad thing, but some fool put Windows 2000 on it and it’s constantly swapping to disk. Very frustrating. Sometimes it takes over 5 minutes (really!) to close an application. I tell her she needs to run Firefox or Word, but not both at the same time. It’s still too slow. And the hard drive is full. So we’ve got problems. 🙂

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