September 2005 Archives

Got my tickets for Serenity.

Should be good!

Update: Very good movie. You should go see it.


Tickets for the Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls at Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, MI have just arrived at my house.

Looking forward to it.


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My sister just called me for computer help.

It turns out that her laptop crashed (while running dashboard).

What's interesting is that this is the first time her Mac OS X machine has ever crashed (more than a couple of years of normal use), so she wasn't sure what to do.

What's extra interesting is that she has one of the iBooks that have the failing logic board. It's been replaced 3 times now (I think). She only asked for help from me the first time it happened.

If you had told me in 1992 when I was playing with the family's LCIII that soon I would be using Macs that had software that was more reliable than the hardware, I probably wouldn't have believed you.

First there was the discriminatory (as in economics, price discrimination) change in how LCC charges for classes. (The change from 'credit hours' to 'contact hours' didn't change prices for a conventional student taking core classes, but did change prices for anyone taking a non-traditional enrichment class).

Next, LCC changes it's computerized enrollment/financial aid system with one that is really broken. Not only was it annoying to work with (for both students and teachers), but it's still not working correctly.

Lansing State Journal: LCC aid glitch means no books for some

Update: This article reveals that LCC paid $2.5 million for this broken software.

What a waste. I would have made a better system for them for half of that ;-)

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