Friday, January 13, 2006
The lighting in my kitchen through the colors off on this, but I love watermelon radishes; I love the way they taste, and I love the way they look. I find they taste the best roasted up with fennel, parsnips, and onions, but a little pan cooking in butter is always tasty too!
I'm excited to see my friend Stacey tonight! She just got engaged, and we're going to a place called Barclay in Berkeley for drinks and gossip. Unfortunately, there will be no vodka tonics for me since it's mainly a beer and food place (I hope they have some nice yummy dark ales or stouts!
Skittle is becoming a regular fixture around our house. I actually think he will be a little sad when he will have to go home since he loves our cat tree, and has way too much fun chasing Asha and Nikko around the house.
in other great great news, MY COMPUTER IS FIXED!!! I'm so happy about my baby. The apple tech on the phone wasn't able to help, so I finally took it in to the stanford bookstore. As we were discussing data retreival options (btw, the bookstore is awesome about this, they charge $90/hr, but it would probably have only been an hour of work on their part because they would have let me come in to drag and copy the files I wanted on my own time!). While we were talking, the bookstore computer guy took out my battery and pulled out my airport card and pushed it in. Voila! He turned it on, and all worked perfectly--no kernel panics, no booting to open-firmware... HUZZAH!
I'll admit, I'm such a geek attached to my computer. I almost cried when it came back to life. Honestly, I had tears in my eyes and I was a bit sniffly! And it was such an easy fix. People had been telling me my motherboard or my ram might have gone bad. I had tried resetting the PRAM and all these other commands that people on help boards suggested. No one suggested this, and it was SO easy. Apparently, the bookstore people just noticed a few computers having this problem in the past month. So the Apple techs don't even have it in their debugging binder checklists!!
So, for those of you who search google because your Apple Powerbook G4 running OS X boots to open firmware or you get an error: ALLOC-MEM request too big! try first pulling out your airport card and pushing it in all the way. If it doesn't fix your problem, no harm no foul, but if it does, think about all the anxiety and money you may be saving!
To get to the airport card, remove the battery on the back of your powerbook using a coin to unlock it.
Your airport card is on the right side, hidden behind a little metal door flap. There's a plastic strip you can use to pull out the airport card slightly (just about a half inch), then push it back in all the way. Reloop the plastic back as you found it so you can close the door. Stick in your battery and see if your computer works!
Sorry for my regular readers for this random delving into tech support. I felt it was my duty as a blogger to get this info out onto the web to help people, since the first thing I did when my computer died was to search the net about its errors. If I had run across this problem, I could have had a happy computer much sooner!