24 Jun 2002 mattr   » (Journeyer)

It seems I've acquired yet another Mac, another beige G3. I had it here to try to 'help' it for a friend, but it has something interesting going on and will not boot after installing MacOS 9.2. Just won't do it. Not from the 9.2 CD-ROM, the 8.5 CD-ROM, a slimmed down 9.2-on-a-ZIP... Hangs and hangs and hangs some more, with or without extensions, and I can't even get to OF...

The owner said he'll just wait for his financial aid check in the fall and upgrade to a newer system (I intend to persuade him that his new system should be a GNU/Linux system, and am well on my way, I think), and said he has no use for this G3 since he doesn't want to put any money into it.

I never give up hope, of course... Maybe now it will feel the love of my LAN and consent to boot somehow... At which time it will get some repartitioning and some NetBSD. We'll see.

I've noticed several folks keeping track of who they certify and why. Sounds like a good idea, something that would be good as part of Advogato... ie certification includes "Why?" and insert that info with the list of who I've certified...

Would be beneficial to the metric, I think. As an unknown nobody and not-knowing anything, I'd check out the Recent Log and certify folks (and I have no idea why...will try to remember...), paying extra attention to fellow nobodies...But already since then my perspectives have been shifting...

And those looking at me might think, oh this guy's just certifying people to try to get certified himself and writing silly diary entries to waste bits... And I can't prove otherwise. Whatever's been distilled enough in my head to make it to my diary here is in no way indicative of my thoughts on open source software advocacy...Just informal rambling when I get a moment. But if my reasoning behind certification of so-and-so is exposed, perhaps others will get a better idea of my thinking.

Giving up hope in the trust metric doesn't seem like the best idea; we're learning as we go, no? Why not keep exploring? If some folks are stuck as Observers (I was for a while too), can you tell why? Is it because half of those here are more worried about what everyone else is writing here instead of what everyone else is actually doing?

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