Switch, phase two

I’m finishing up the Switch™ I stared last year when I sold my Windows laptop in favor of the iBook I’m using now. I’ve replaced Ibiza, my Linux desktop/file server, with Cairo, our new G4 tower. Ibiza was built/installed around two and a half years ago and has now been turned off and disassembled. sniff

But now I’ve got Cairo doing everything Ibiza was doing before, plus it will be much more useful as a general-purpose computer. Linux, I’m sorry to say, is still Not Ready For The Desktop. Not when compared to OS X, anyway.

Anyway, the specs:
  • 1.25 GHz G4
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 200 GB disk space (3 disks: 80 * 2 + 40)
  • Two optical drives: 1 combo drive (DVD-R/CD-RW), 1 DVD-ROM
  • SCSI card, Firewire/USB2 card for extra ports

I bought the most basic model, with the addition of the DVD burner, and souped it up with extra RAM and parts taken from Ibiza. It’s pretty nice. Now I’m fantasizing about one of those lovely LCD displays…

We spent the day yesterday cleaning the apartment top to bottom. After that we went for dinner and drinks at Mi Piace, where we saw our favorite waitress who we didn’t think worked there anymore, and to Barnes and Noble to look at travel books for a trip to Mexico City that we’re talking about for sometime in the next couple months.

In retrospect, I’m glad we decided to go to Bats the the other night. I’m only working partial days on Saturdays right now so that, combined with the fact that Mike and Stef decided to come along and were willing to drive, meant that for the first time in a long time I was able to go to the club without having to worry about a) driving home, and b) getting up the next morning. So I drank a little more than I usually do, we hung out at Darren’s for a while afterwards, and I slept until noon the next day. A very good time overall.