I should never read computer magazines.
When I got back to my office from our state mid-winter conference on Tuesday, there was a stack of journals on my desk - including recent Macworld and iLife, both extolling the virtues of MacOS 10.5, aka Leopard.
While I am neither a drug addict or alcoholic, I empathize - I do have operating system abuse issues. A new one comes out, I have to have it. No self-control whatsoever. What really intrigued me about Leopard was its new TimeMachine transparent back-up system. Like most busy people, I make a back ups of my files far too seldom.
(On a side note, I always wanted to ask a computer programmer to write a little program that would at random intervals display a message in big letters on my computer screen - YOUR COMPUTER JUST CRASHED. WHEN DID YOU LAST BACK UP? Even better than a weird noise coming from your hard drive to inspire a back up.)
I should have known better. My computer is a two+ year old 1.5 GHz PowerPC G4 with only 768MB of RAM and a paltry 60GB hard drive at about 90% full. Things were working just fine with 10.4. But there were those shiny new features!
I installed it Tuesday and have been tweaking ever since - setting things back the way I like them, removing or updating helper apps, deleting files, making back-ups (TimeMachine works great - all teacher computers should have a program like it), and running little clean-up apps like Cocktail hoping to speed the system up. In a real bonehead move, I used the default settings of a program called Monolingual to remove unused "languages" from my computer to free up some hard drive space. (I had no idea Manx was a language - tailless cats can write?) Now a number of web pages don't seem to display. Use this program with care!
Things seem to be running fine again, although a little more sluggishly than last week.
I have asked to be taken off the departmental routing list for new computer magazines. In the immortal words of Dirty Harry, "A man's gotta know his limitations."
Oh, I did have an idea as I was waiting for installation, back-ups, virus scanning etc. and listening to the AG Senate hearings. Wouldn't a simple answer to whether a procedure is torture be to apply the procedure to the person who is defining it for, say, an hour? With the procedure ending any time he admits that it IS torture. Is suspect the list of things that qualify as torture would grow rather rapidly.