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I promise this will be the last installment of I Hate Modems. Tomorrow I will have a good series of columns on my rocket powered boat.
So anyway, in Part III of I Hate Modems, I discussed life away from my Rocket Powered boat on the Island every second weekend, and the 3 weeks I am there now. I also talked of the only ISP on the Island losing their connection to the world on Monday from 10:30am - 8:30pm.
Well, by fluke, I was going to talk about life on the Island every second weekend with my mom and her modem only access (and my 3 weeks there right now), but something very bad happened this morning (as I am writing this on Monday morning). At 10:30am PDT, the monopolistic ISP lost their land link from the microwave transmitter to their offices. This meant, that I got connected, but there was no Internet to go to.
In part I of "I Hate Modems", I discussed how I got a USR modem for my first Mac,and had severe connection problems with it from April 1997.
On Friday I arrived home and I got the computer back and was back to square one. In early July, I gave up on my all you can eat ISP. So I phoned up and requested a refund for my remaining 3 months of service. They said they had a no refund policy. So after about 2 weeks of moving up the ladder to higher level people, I was finally granted a refund minus a $10 refund fee. So I got back $57.
You heard me right. I hate modems. Since January 26, 1998, I have had an ADSL connection to the Internet. Man how that changes your life! I am on the Internet up to 15 hours a day. I may start reading a column on the web in the morning, go and do something else, and continue reading the column 10 hours later!
So what drove me to hate modems so much other then the fact that I now am surfing with a rocket powered boat vs. swimming my way around the web?
It is 6:50pm PST Tuesday evening. I am sitting at my computer when I get ICQ'd by someone saying MacNN.com has just broken the news that the iBook SE, and an iBook speed bump have just been announced by Steve Jobs at Macworld Tokyo.
What a keynote, Steve Jobs actually surprised me with the new Apple navigation at the top of pages at Apple.com. I also was surprised by iReview, iTools, iCard, and oh yes the Mac OS X Interface "Aqua". I was also surprised when Steve Jobs didn't talk about Apple's profitable quarters and the general housekeeping he normally does at each keynote. Another surprise to most was that Apple didn't unveil Pismo the next PowerBook G3. This surprised most people since Steve Jobs has announced a new product at every keynote since Macworld SF 99.
New computer buyer: I am looking for a new computer.
Best friend: Buy a Pentium III 1ghz they're the fastest computer on the planet.
New computer buyer: Really?
Best friend: Yeah the fastest computer!
New computer buyer: I heard someone mention Macintosh and the G4 being the world's fastest computer.
After reading different columns about the Mac OS and the newest features like Sherlock, I have started to think what do I want to see in the Mac OS to make me buy a new version once or twice a year. I also am starting to think what needs to be done to make a completely 100% no training user friendly OS. What will make me buy a new OS is the underlying improvements such as:
- improved stability
- All applications supporting the latest API's
- Continuing improved Navigation services for better handling of saving and opening of documents.
Before I go into this week's column, I have been kicking around some names for my weekly Wednesday column (Update now publishing on Friday's). One name I though of is "the H Files" or "The T Files". Tell me what you think and in a couple weeks I will tell the name of my weekly Wednesday (Update now publishing on Friday's). column.
Ok folks, welcome to Mac Nerve Central (Update now Mac Write). I will be writing 1-3 columns a week and also give you Mac freaks my point of view on the major Mac news.
First, let me introduce myself. My name is Trevor Harrison, I live in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. I am 21, and am a big Mac freak who is, well poorer then hell, so I can't upgrade my system, or buy that PowerBook I need.