system terrors : part one


system terrorsSo. I am at this terrible software crossroads.

Software crossroads are what people with a hell of a lot of legacy software have to navigate when/if they upgrade system software. See, system upgrades, without fail, cause enormous problems. A million things stop working, you have to go hunt up patches, if you are lucky and know what patches to go hunt up, or if you know someone savvy Mac who knows what patches you need.

If you are not lucky you keep talking to stupid uninformed Mac store people who helpfully suggest you rebuild your desktop which, hello, never works. My smart Mac person is gone. And I have been fighting a system upgrade here a long long time.

And I mean, a long, long time.

One of the computers is operating on Mac OS 9.04 or something like. That is a five year balk right there. That is how long I refused to risk system upgrade frenzy on the big computer.

The other computer is on Max OS X, [Tiger, grrrr], with a higher version of Mac 9 on it to make stuff that won’t work on OS X work. They call this “Mac Classic.” I call it “Stuff doesn’t work on OS X so your best fix is load two systems.” Which actually is not a stupid idea, I had that one like ten years ago and always have two operating systems at my disposal on the big stand alone for just that reason. Which, um, freaks people out because you are not supposed to do that but I do and it works. I just do not call it classic. I call it “Back up to make legacy software work.”

Meanwhile, the internet is boxing my ears on the big computer, so I have to play these games, like alternate between browsers on that computer and if those do not work, go to the little computer and hit Safari or something to get a site up that has outpaced the old system stuff.

This is getting kind of ridiculous and I have the software disks, you know, Tiger [grrr] and Classic [liar] that I could put on the big computer. I have all the disks.

But you know what happened last time I touched the big computer’s system?

The printer wouldn’t work. Wouldn’t work for a solid week till I figured out I needed an HP patch and went and downloaded it. And that was only the most immediate DID NOT WORK problem. There were others that in the end took about 3 months to straighten out.

So here I sit. Thinking, Wow, I could just do it. Stuff the disks in that little disk port, put ’em on, see what happens. Except, what would stop working when I did? Dreamweaver? That would be a big problem. How about Fireworks? Oh huge problem. Flash? Nasty sitch there. Probably nothing can kill Photoshop, which I hate and refuse to use unless it is an emergency and, like all creatures of death, Photoshop probably can only be killed with a stake through the heart, beheading, and cleansing fire with a priest overseeing the whole thing in a purple stole. But, what about Word? I do not write in Final Draft, I only have that device of the devil to read stuff I must read in Final Draft. I do not write in it. I write in Word. But. Okay. Word I have two versions of that would not actually be a huge problem I know one version on the little computer works with Tiger. But what about Fetch? What about Palm? WHAT IF I UPLOAD A NEW SYSTEM AND MY WHOLE FUCKING ADDRESS BOOK SHUTS DOWN?

Excuse me, I think I need a pedicure….

Your In Systems We Fear Adams Girl


ps: usually i would not name a thoughts piece “part one” just assuming there would be a second part but, um, hello?, system upgrade?, that is a franchise on terror bigger and toothier than jaws you know this is just the beginning….

pps: go see my site i am bringing back go on it is a good site i loved it enough to resurrect it.

ppps: for the people who keep asking, yes, that is me doing my nails, it is not that hard, go try it.

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4 Responses to system terrors : part one

  1. Sounds like it time for an upgrade or back up all your work before one or both your computers crash.

    Depending on what you’re doing I’d suggest getting an Apple Loan and get a new shiny iMac. That should cover most of the stuff you may be doing.

    Time to toss OS 9 out.

    And, what apps are you using that aren’t OS X by now?

  2. Hey Ma(c)x,

    I was in your Classic boat myself until I got my MacBook Pro in March. The bad news is, as you may be aware, that anything you buy from Apple going forward with the Intel chips will never be able to run OS9.x and back natively. I thought I might miss it until I started using Tiger (not only had I put off the upgrade for five years, but never even used OSX really). In theory, you could find some primo end-of-the Power PC line stuff on e-bay or the like for pretty cheap by this point to keep your Classic stuff on.

    The other option is to get one of the new Intel Macs and use an OS9 Emulator program for your legacy software needs. The main one right now seems to be SheepShaver.

    I have not used it because I did not retain my OS9 system disks (you need them to run the emulator program). But the new Intel chips positively scream, speedwise, and any model you get should have more than enough ability to run all your OS9 programs with no effort (assuming they are compatible with the emulation program).

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