I had forgotten just how much I like Semagic. If you don't know, Semagic is a full featured posting client for LJ. Beats the hell out of any client for Macs in my opinion. But hey I like the client I use for my mac too. It just isn't as robust as Semagic is all.
Cruised into my office today to check on my windows install. We're upgrading in phases to Windoze Vista. And it is my turn. So to have as little down time as possible I set it to run the upgrade when I left work yesterday.
So because I have no life *grins* I went downtown to check on it and maybe get a jump start on any problems that might arise. I mean come on, it is Vista installed over a network connection, how could there be any issues??
A Case For Cloud Computing
Knew I was going to have to do some re-installs of software, and tweak the outlook settings. I do NOT like the new Outlook by the way...It looks to be seriously over engineered. At any rate I took my mac with me and a book. And a magazine. And my iPod. And a set of headphones. Installing software is the most boring thing there is. And The Offspring and BF had asked me to review or critique a new blog they are starting for one of their endeavors. I had given it a once over in the morning and had already made some notes and was gong to make some more while taking care of my Vista issues at the office.
And there were and are, some issues. A lot of re-installs and a few Outlook issues as well. And I didn't get to a lot of them. For one I don't have Administrator access to modify certain directories...DUH! Help desk call on Monday. And how the hell do I install my PST's in Outlook? And boy is that screen set up frickin' ooooogly.
So I was about some SW installs, got my mac out of the bag and turned it on. Got the ever comforting *booooong* start up tone. So I stepped away to go down the hall and get a cuppa...And make a pit stop. Got back to the Cube of Wonderfulness only to find a blank screen on the mac. WTF!? Shut down and rebooted several times...It started but no display. Even slipped over to and empty cube and swiped a spare *heh* flat panel and hooked it up. Nothing. I can hear the drive spinning but no display.
Turn to my desktop and pull up the Apple website to set an appointment at the genius bar of a local Apple Store for about and hour and a half in the future. Pack the damned thing back in the bag and turn to the tasks at hand. Set an alarm to get me out of Cube City in plenty of time.
But here's the dealio with the cloud computing piece of this...The docs I needed for my critique of aforementioned website were (and still are, presumably) on my mac of course. Now if I had saved them to the intarwebs in google docs or some such other platform in the cloud, I could have gotten through a lot of it. As such I'll now have to recreate the documentation I had already done...Bleh...
So without that stuff available to me I actually got a little further a long with the work stuff. But I may still have to spend half a day getting the rest of it together.
Then my alarm went off...