In a predictable sequence of events as soon as I was able to purchase a wireless card for the ibook the power supply of the Dell Desktop died. Not in any spectacular fashion - it just faded away.
Its partner, the generic 'Games' Desktop, had never recovered from one of the lightning bolts that had struck our house several months ago. It seemed to have suffered brain damage and barely knew it was a computer. No Network, no Video Card and definitely no Internet. It was usable if you wanted to work with DOS games - that kept some people happy but I wasn't one of them.
The ibook has been my cyber life saver - I have been able to keep up with all my blogs and email with the added bonus of being able to wander from kitchen to lounge, unhindered by cables or peripheries. I'm amazed at why I didn't do this sooner.
There has to be a down side of course - Printers.
I'm trying to beat the cold weather and knit a scarf from some very soft Eki Riva babycashmere. (Oh No! they're having a sale. I mustn't look!)
This was promised last winter so I'm only a little bit late. The pattern I want to use is the Irish Hiking Scarf - so loved by many ISE4 participants. I have it on the screen in front of me and when I went to print it out I found out that my new, state-of-the-art Lexmark all-in-one printer, that beats as it sweeps as it prints, is NOT compatible with the ibook or any other Mac device. This is despite reviews and other promo material all saying it is. I am not impressed and am only beginning to get an inkling of the discrimination dyehard mac users have to put up with every day.
It won't stop me knitting the scarf of course - it just makes it a bit harder to put the pattern in the knitting bag, and it's not as though I haven't got a
Both the PC's are at the vet at the moment and I'm hoping I'll see them back tonight all fixed and ready to go. Despite this the trust has gone , the switch has been made. The computer of choice is this little white one in front of me that has patiently served it's time as DVD player, chess game and juke box. I think I'll call it Cinderella.