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A style change... - Micole Khemarrica
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A style change...
I decided to change my LJ style, and since this one reminds me a lot of my iPod mini that my coug'r gifted me for my birthday, it felt appropriate. It was a delayed present because he had it custom engraved and the craze hit just about the same time, so they were backordered. But now I have a cute *little* blue iPod, which I've dubbed "iPodling".

In my continuing struggle with technology, the current generation of iPods use either 6-pin Firewire or USB 2.0: My laptop has USB 2.0 but only the 4-pin (non-powered) Firewire ports; my desktop is only USB 1.1 and no Firewire. Fortunately, coug'r had an unused add-on PC board to enable Firewire on my desktop, so I picked up a mini Dock for iPodling to rest in at the desktop. Alas, I've *lost* the USB cable for iPodling (it came with both a Firewire and a USB 2.0 cable in the box), so I'll have to spend the $20 at the Apple Store to get a new one. The only 'difficulty' is that my desktop's slow, which includes both the DVD/CD-RW drive and the second CD-RW drive onboard... but since my laptop's DVD/CD-RW is much faster, it's easier to rip my favorite CDs via laptop, so it'd also be easier to add them to the iPodling via laptop, too. Oh, well, it'll get there.

Speaking of my laptop, I got it fixed. Whatever had munged with the USB engine was removed when I pulled up my Ghost Images of the system which I routinely update (in this case, it was a baseline image prior to my sending the laptop off for the third time). I now have working USB ports, which means my Wacom tablet, printer, and wireless LAN are all working fine (although I discovered a crack in my Graphire tablet, which is upsetting, since I really want to get back into computer illustration and it seems easier to do relaxed on a couch with my little tablet... and it costs $99 to get the platinum Graphire3 tablet to replace my older tablet) and if I can pick up a USB 2.0 hub and the cable for my iPod, I'll have all the functionalty I had before (while at school) with my laptop. yay!

Now to get back to a Get Well Card and possible silly comic for my friend SusanDeer to cheer her up... as long as I say in a relatively cool, low-humidity environment I should be able to get some work done at home tomarrow, which includes some much overdue art.

Current Mood: contemplative contemplative
Current Music: music from "Uru: To D'Ni" expansion pack

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khromat From: khromat Date: May 24th, 2004 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)

iPod mini review?

Actually, I suspect it'd be better to ask Coug'r that question, as he's had the original iPod and now the 40gb iPod. This is my first time playing with things iPodish. :)

I can say that I *do* like the interface, in spite my glidepoint-trained fingers' attempts to double-click the wheel instead of hitting the center button to accept something.
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doodlesthegreat From: doodlesthegreat Date: May 24th, 2004 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)

iPod People?

(Sorry, couldn't resist the pun.)

How is Susan doing? She hasn't posted since she went in for the surgery and a lot of folks out here are wishing her the best.
khromat From: khromat Date: May 24th, 2004 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: iPod People?

She's doing well, taking it easy and all. The surgery took an hour longer than planned due to complications, so hopefully they got it all fixed up now.
doodlesthegreat From: doodlesthegreat Date: May 25th, 2004 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: iPod People?

I shall send her a little get well card, myself.
yasha_taur From: yasha_taur Date: May 26th, 2004 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Pod Power

If the Mini didn't come with one, there is a 'power supply' wall brick that has a Firewire port, but obviously just for power out. You use the brick and a Firewire cable to rechange the iPod. Here is the description....

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/72401/wo/PH2kqidxj3LJ37SDXez1UoDV19A/2.3.0.5.10.3.17.1.13.0

A very useful add-on is this Firewire to dock-connector adapter. It lets you use normal Firewire cables to charge the iPod or transfer music. It can be bought from several different sources. I carry one of these and a short Firewire cable, and I never have to worry about being able to charge my iPod.

http://www.usbfirewire.com/Parts/rr-fw-pdock.html
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