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2-Way Wrist iMac

Technowoe, Technowin

I post this, for the first time in over two months, from my desktop computer.

When I purchased my iMac, a wireless network card was an optional extra and I could not envisage a future in which my home contained a wireless network, so I went without. At the old flat, I initially connected to the router by a cable and then using a wireless bridge calgor scavenged from work.

My bedroom in Forest Hill is quite a long way from the router, which is necessarily located near the flat's only phone socket, and I was unable to configure the bridge because, helpfully, its web interface wouldn't run under Safari. Luckily, Airport Extreme cards are now dirt cheap. Unluckily, the one I bought on eBay went to my old address and suffered several annoying delays before finally reaching me last week. (In the meantime I have been using my ten-year-old, OS 9-running, tangerine iBook, which is beautiful as an art object but found modern concepts like, er, PDFs challenging.)

Fitting the Airport card entailed performing open-Mac surgery. The Internet suggested this was very much a one-spanner Haynes job, but the idea of hacking apart something which cost me a grand in 2004 and has since been the repository of most things I hold dear still filled me with horror.

In the event, it was indeed easy. I opened it up with my Swiss army knife, found the place for the Airport card, connected it, put the shell back together, and snapped one of the little plastic tabs that hold it in place - which is par for the course whenever I do anything involving little plastic tabs.

The seconds spent waiting for the startup BONG were tense indeed, but the machine booted fine, detected new hardware and connected itself to the house network, joining my iPod Touch, Kindle and iBook online.

I hope to be more active on LJ now that I can comment on everyone's journal no matter what style they use, and be reasonably sure that hitting Previous 25 won't make the entire system hang for no good reason.

I may even be able to stream music from iMac to iBook. Let's go and find out...

Comments

I always had you as a tool owner. Swiss army knife makes me sad.
I have lots of tools! As a rule, I have every tool except the one I need for the specific job at hand - in this case, a titchy Phillips-head screwdriver.
I know what you mean about being wary of fiddling with a machine you depend on.

Curiously, I myself seem to have gotten more and more wary, and less and less prone to doing such fiddling, at the same time as my backups etc. have gotten better. In the past, I had a lot to loose that couldn't have been replaced, but I happily replaced pretty much everything on my computer, right down to the mainboard etc. — nowadays I have backups, and backups of backups, and I really don't like doing more than plugging in a peripheral.

Anyhow, I'm glad the Airport installation worked out well for you! ^^
Thanks! I'm always wary of these tasks as I don't quite trust myself, and no matter how many tasks I accomplish successfully, my confidence never seems to increase...
Good news! I'm glad the iPod is working out, I meant to ask about it :D

ha ha startup bong. BONG!
BONG is an excellent word.

The crack I done on the iPod's screen has spread massively but doesn't affect the workings or my ability to check my Nectar points, so all good!
Well done! One-spanner job or not, it's still scary - especially the possibility that, as you open the case, something inside is going to go sproing and leap out, never to be seen again. I'm glad it's working.
The worst part in this case was getting the back back on. I was briefly afraid I was going to be left with a half-naked iMac.
Good going! I always have a slight frisson of fear when I poke around inside a computer case (even though a box-shaped PC like mine is about the easiest possible option) and the moment when I press the power button again is remarkably terrifying, even now.
Also, this has nothing to do with the issue at hand, but you may be interested in today's Google doodle. =:)
Oh, that's gorgeous, and I would have missed it - thanks!

I open up my scooter a fair bit (and that scares me too) but I'm much less experienced with computers; generally you don't need to do much to Macs.

And now I can work on replying to your email in comfort!
Yay for communicative Huskies! Glad your link is working!
*synchs with you*
Yay for Swiss Army knives and subsequent Net connectivity. ;)
Good to have you back with us in 'netland!

Without wishing to sound like some ccrazy stalker-person, what are the chances of you emailing your new address / phone number so I can update my records (Blimey! That actually makes me sound organised!) and not, in a blonde moment, send something to your old address because you KNOW it would happen.

Entirely the sort of thing I would do, too!

Address here and phone numberhere :)
Merci beaucoup!

Did you manage to get the pic of Flink and Krister onto SoFurry? I'd forgotten about it until I stunbled upon it this morning while looking for another pic I have been working on.

Wardy