They were getting on my nerves, not making any useful (paying) amount of money, and they started showing nasty stuff, like MacKeeper and other giant DOWNLOAD button crap. I’ll find better ways of making extra money.
Warning! Blooooood! (hover to reveal)
So, I was just getting up around noon today, and headed into the living room, where I found our male kitty, Gibbs, and he was in a good mood. So I sat down, in my t-shirt and underwear, cross-legged, and he sat in my lap for a whole of 30 seconds, kneading around and purring happily, until I accidentally swung my arm to the left into a trash can, which scared the shit out of him and made him bound out of my lap, leaving this nice souvenir.
CSS finished replacing the display assembly in my iMac. The report indicated “hundreds” of stuck pixels, so I guess I got lucky with the warranty.
My dad figures maybe one in ten people who experience this problem actually have it dealt with, while the rest either put up with it and don’t bother to take it into the shop, or don’t even notice it.
On the 10th of March or so, I set about installing VMware ESXi 6.5 on my PC tower, and using the divided resources to replace my previous bare metal Windows installation. The machine is now divided up into:
Four CPU cores in two sockets, with 16GB of the RAM, 120GB of the SSD space, and with my RX 480 8GB and two internal USB 2.0 adapters via PCIe passthrough, to my primary Windows 10 Pro installation, which hosts Steam, some games, and is purposed for regular use.
Four CPU cores in two sockets, 4GB of the RAM, and 86GB of disk space, to another Windows 10 Pro VM purposed for development and debugging. I use a VM for this due to debugging issues when running bare metal that result in deadlocks that can only be escaped by stabbing the three finger salute and logging out.
Two CPU cores (yes, I over provisioned) and 8GB of RAM, 16GB of disk space, and the three (previously four, need to buy a replacement and let it resilver) hard drives (2x4TB WD Red, 1x6TB Toshiba) passed directly into a NAS4Free VM, which is hosting a ZFS array, RAID10 style: The 6TB drives were in a mirror, and the 4TB drives in another mirror, and the two mirrors were joined. I now need to replace the 6TB drive with another, and wait while it resilvers, before my data will be slightly more secure again.
Back to the primary VM: Since I sent my iMac into the shop, I’ve been running it as my primary desktop. With the video card passed in, and enough USB ports to plug in my usual array of input and accessory devices, I can use a VM in a hypervisor as my primary desktop. Living the dream, or at least it’s flying like a dream after the initial nightmare was over, getting it to work in the first place.
It came to my attention some months after I put it back into service, that my Retina 5k iMac had some stuck pixels. And by stuck pixels, I mean a whole shitload of them:
See those faint glowing expanses in the far right corner of the screen? That’s not dust, this screen is sealed to the glass panel. It’s a mess of stuck bright pixels.
I took it into the shop Thursday, and the next day, the shop called and said they couldn’t find anything wrong. I told Gregg to run a black screen and look again, but he called later to report he still could not find anything.
So I sent him that picture again, with the pixels circled, and he said he could see them in the picture, but not on the monitor. Then it occurred to him to clean my apparent fingerprint smudges off the glass, probably left when I was packaging it up. He spotted the mess of pixels with a magnifying glass, and was blown away by how many of them there were.
So, he’s set about ordering a replacement screen and installing it, then will get back to me as early as Monday with the results.
Meanwhile, I am on my Windows machine, which is different now, but I’ll outline that in another post.
January 12, 2005:
July 7, 2016:
It’s like I’ve come full circle or something. And I even kept all the old content, including all the crap I banged into the original WordPress blag I had running on AWS hosting, later moved to Google Compute, then on again.
Now it’s still on DigitalOcean. They’ve got great hosting, man.
Now my blogs are unified, sort of. They’re now 100% identical, except for the logo images, the names, and the content. Woot.
I went to the dentist for my twice yearly checkup again, and this time, I had a popped filling, possibly one from my previous dentist from over 10 years ago. And after the checkup, and the report of watching the same teeth as last time, no new full cavities, but I do have to wait over a month until I can go back in and get this missing filling taken care of. Oh, and a chipped tooth as well, joy!
KDDLB is love, KDDLB is life.
He is already making decisions for me, some what. I have moved some of my Internet hosting to DigitalOcean under his referral code, and will move my Windows stuff if/when that licensing is ever taken care of.
I’ll also have to see about getting his chubby ass into the States so we can have some fun together, finally meet in person.