Thursday, March 15, 2007
I have a secret, fellow knitters. I'm a nerd. This is something that at one point in my life I would have fervently denied. I have grown into a more true version of myself, and that version of me is very nerdy indeed.
Take, for example, my Christmas gift to myself:
That's right, a black MacBook. I had been running on a Dell Insprion since 2002, which was only beginning to annoy me; I decided that the solution to my issues would be to upgrade the RAM. As it turns out, in order to upgrade the RAM I would have had to rip the entire computer apart. No thanks.
Now my problems were solved! 160 gig hard drive, 2 gigs of RAM all in a pretty package! OSX is a great system, and I'm just getting used to it...
Then I get into law school last week, and discover on the site's technology requirements page this handy statement:
Beginning with the entering Fall 2007 class, MSU Law requires each student to own a Windows-based laptop/notebook computer ... The Law College, as well as the legal community at large, uses some software that will only run on Windows. This includes the software the Law College uses to let students take their essay exams and print to network printers. Law College does not support Apple based computers and does not guarantee all the software you will need will work on an Apple.
Well, kiss my grits! What a load of crap, I initially think. And would I even consider getting rid of my beautiful new lappy? Hell no!
But then a solution arises: I can go to Boot Camp and get myself a dual-booting system that supports more than one operating system! Just now, I have successfully installed it on my system and partitioned out my hard drive so that my system has both OSX and Windows XP! How cool is this? I can install all these law-like programs to the Windows partition and all the rest of my life onto the OSX partition.
In a nutshell, it can do this:
Yes, this makes me feel really badass. I only did this with TWO nervous breakdowns where I thought I killed my computer, mind you.
This dual-booting business isn't where my nerdiness ends, however; please be noted that I am also a video game nerd. I have an NES, SNES, PS2, DS, Xbox 360 (sadly broken, a lamentation best left to another post), and a Wii. My old bosses at the yarn shop advised me to knit more and game less, but so far this has not really come to pass...
And yes, I did frog the vest. Sort of. I pulled the needles out and started Eiffel, leaving the work somewhat intact for now.