Thank you Claire!
When I was a young stripling, I was brought up on Macs. They used Mac classics at university to edit and pull together the various newspapers and magazines I wrote for. I helped to set up my friend's Mac when he bought the groovy new "Power Mac" in 199...er... 5?
But I never, ever knew what the hell all the electronics were. Frankly, they frighten me a bit, in the way that I am a tool user, rather than a tool creator, or mender. Mackay, about a week ago, told me that the Mac had just entirely stopped. It wouldn't boot up, and the button refused to work. So I asked around to see if anyone could recommend a repair shop because surely the button must be fucked. Then Claire sent me a URL which claimed to calmly explain how and why macs can suddenly, and for no apparent reason, not start up.
So it was with some trepidation that I opened up the beloved G4 so bloody easily the other day, spied the spent battery, then ended up phoning Clare and saying "Where the hell is this button, then?". But then I found it. And I pressed it. It went "Click". I waited a few moments, then pressed the on button.
It worked! Amazingly cool and simple! Now of course I had an 'on' Mac, still opened up, looking all interesting, and I was reminded that someone told me that fitting a new hard disk in to a Mac is as simple as basically plonking it in. Given our pack of space due to the demands of video, and the fact that (sob) my entire iTunes collection is currently on CD's because we don't have room for it on the computer, I theeeeeink may be I should get me a new, big, fat, stupid-gigs hard disk.
Question, oh Mac users. If you install a hard disk on one Mac, can it then be transferred to a different Mac if the first one is, say, a really old G4 which probably won't last that many more years?
I have extracted a promise from Claire that in return for a nice night out (and the fact that i haven't actually seen her in the flesh for what seems like several years) she'll give this old bugger a once over. With a bit more speed, a newer version of OSX and more space so it doesn't creak to a halt when it run out of space then I really don't see any reason why it shouldn't just keep on keeping on.
Except perhaps we should buy a new keyboard.
Thank you once again, my lovely!