errantember: (Little Cowboy Scott)
So when I ordered my new MacBook Pro on Ebay, the seller gave me both a spare battery and a free wireless mouse that he didn't even tell me about. You hear a lot of whining on Ebay from sellers now about how Ebay "punishes" them for not getting the highest possible rating all the time, which I think is bullshit. If you want the highest possible rating, simply delivering on the contract is not enough. You have to go the extra mile, and this guy did.

I gave him all fives.

So I'm at the thrift store today shopping for underwear, and there is, as usual, a pile of keyboards in the computer section. I always find it kind of charming and novel that functional computer hardware is now part of the every day thrifting experience. Odds are good the computers they have there now are more powerful than my windows desktop! So I see one of the keyboards.

And it's white.

The price? Four dollars. Three dollars and ninety-nine cents, to be exact.

There was mild corrosion damage on one of the battery compartments, but it clearly was just on the terminals. I bought it, brought it home, cleaned it up, threw in a new set of batteries, AND:

Now I have a complete Apple-branded bluetooth keyboard and mouse combo in perfect condition for $4.27.

I'm typing on it now. ;)
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On [livejournal.com profile] worldmegan's recommendation, I got a Mophie Juice Pack Air to go with my new iPhone 3Gs on Ebay for $50 delivered, $30 less than retail. It's both a hardshell case and a spare battery, effectively doubling my battery life. It also pulls power from the shell first, saving wear on your hard-to-replace iPhone battery.

What's far *more* exciting, however, is winning the bid on a MacBook Pro to replace my aging G4 Powerbook. This refurb from Apple is what I wanted. By buying it used on Ebay, I'm saving over $700, even after the memory and HD upgrades I'll need. My final system will be identical to the Apple refurb, except the processor will be about 15% slower at 2.4 Ghz.

I think I'd rather have the $700, thanks.

My final config will be: Macbook Pro, Intel Core-2 Duo 2.4 Ghz, 500 MB HD, 4 GB of main memory

It also comes with over a year of Applecare, which really helps alleviate the fear of getting a used product on Ebay. If something on it is unexpectedly broken, Apple fixes it, no questions asked.
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...that it's now probably somehow possible to visually identify me as a Mac user.
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...and with those words, he entered into the Phabulous World of iPod Linux Programming...
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The following Simplified Diagram represents my efforts to write programs for the iPod.

1) "I'd like to write programs for my new iPod!"
2) (Weeks of Bullshit, Swearing, and Forgetting the Fucking -p Option.)
3) Two Apple Products, Four Operating Systems achieved

I now have both an Apple OS and a Linux OS installed an functioning on both my iPod and my G4 Powerbook, the RadioMac. Why, you ask, is this so?

1) I want to write programs that will run on my iPod.
2) Apple doesn't want to help me, so they hide how to do this. You're "not allowed" to write iPod programs unless you're one of Apple's Annointed.
3) The Linux crowd also wanted to write programs for their iPods, so they ported Linux to it.
4) Linux is a fully open, anyone-can-help OS, and can be installed without losing the iPod's normal functions.
5) However, it's much easier to develop FOR Linux IN Linux (as opposed to Mac OS X), so I also installed Linux on my Mac.

Next I'll figure out what development software I need to install in Linux to target the iPod.

Then the fun begins...

It worked!

Apr. 18th, 2007 04:20 am
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All my circumlocutions were mooted by this:

http://ipodlinux.org/5.5G

I'm now running Linux on my iPod!

Time to figure out how to get set up to do development for it!

You can boot back and forth between Linux and the Apple OS, so you don't actually lose any functionality. If you want to sync with iTunes, you have to re-boot into the Apple OS before connecting.
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The Plot, like the fluid in my lungs after 7 bowls of pudding, Thickens, as the Filesystem portion of the second
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After having been laid low for several days due to what I suspect was "boy-are-my-fucking-furnace-filters-dirty"-related illness, I was finally able to get back out into public today. I used this opportunity to attend a splendid carpet-destroying party hosted by [livejournal.com profile] austingoddess at her not-new-but-soon-to-be-newly-bought house. Suffice to say, the Mission was Accomplished, and Fun was Had by All.

Except, perhaps, El Carpet.

I don't want people thinking I'm a geek, but I've been trying to install Linux on my new iPod. It's not working, and I believe I've narrowed the difficulty down to a difference in the new 5.5G iPods, which is that they use 2048-byte blocks on their HFS+ partitions instead of 512-byte ones like all the other iPods. Many of the installation tools seem to be hard-coded to only work properly with the default size. My solution is to re-format my Ipod to use 512-byte blocks, but I'm not exactly sure how to do this. I'm currently backing up the entire contents by way of an unrestricted dd dump onto my external firewire drive. I think there should then be a way to re-format the Ipod's hard drive to use 512-byte blocks, then copy the files back over. So the basic question is, how does one take an HFS+ partition currently operating with one block size (2048b) and end up with another block size? (512b) Anyone know how to do this?

Because iTunes, etc., works just fine with a 512b block size for all the *other* iPods, I don't think it will care that my newer one is "improperly" formated with the older size.

Another idea was to find some older 5G firmware before they created the new block size, and see if I could find a way to load it onto my iPod.

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