Mar 12 2017

Again, a stroke

Adel Gabot

11:35AM

I had another stroke.

Well, according to the MRI, I’ve had several. Some small ones, and one major one.

Put me out of sorts for a while.

This is why I’ve been out of commission for a while now.

Don’t worry. I’m fine.

This is compounded by some technical disasters. One, my big TV wonked out. On the morning of the Oscars, all I could hear was Jimmy Kimmel talking, I couldn’t see anything. No picture. For another. my big iMac died on me. Bad hard drive. Same with the MacBook Pro.

I revived the notebook. At a loss. I had to give up one of my external drives. One I was using as Media Drive 3. But things are more or less fine now, I”m using it to write this entry.

I donr have the patience to write anymore. An Explore Philippines assignment came in during this period, and I barely finished ir, I barely made it rhrough. i don’t even like writing in this blog.


Nov 23 2016

I forgot—again

Adel Gabot

10:40AM

Here I go again, forgetting that malls now open at 11AM instead of the customary 10AM for the Christmas season. I went to Cubao at 9:58AM (Cubao is my base of operations of late), and realized that, once again, I was an hour early to do anything constructive here. Crap.

Now I have to kill time at the Ali Mall Starbucks. Unlike the mall, they opened at 8. But I wasn’t in the particular mood for coffee; I just had some Barako before leaving the house, and I was still buzzing from it. So I’m just sitting here passing away the time until the malls open and idly writing a blog post.

It started here. Ali Mall began their new one-hour-later schedule last week, earlier than all the other malls, and that was a painful lesson to learn, but I managed to after a couple of days of killing the extra hour off. I just hadn’t realized the other malls in Cubao, and presumably malls all over Metro Manila, had joined the club.

I’m actually here to load up my PayMaya Visa credit card, the only card I have at the moment, having painfully learned my fiscal lessons long ago. It’s actually more of a debit card, and it has to have sufficient funds to buy the stuff you’re ordering first before it lets you buy them. Which is just how I like it: a credit card that doesn’t incur any credit.

It took me a while before I could work off the immense credit card debt I had amassed before, and I wasn’t going through that mess again. I didn’t have the necessary discipline to have a credit card, I guess. I’m buying some stuff online, and need to deposit funds into the card so I could. Which was why I was here.

I could have loaded the cash into the card at the SM Payment Center of their grocery at the basement of SM Cubao; they were open at 8, but I found out this morning that only the Payment Center on the 3rd floor had the ability to load PayMaya cards. So I had to wait for it to open at 11.

So, it’s almost 10 and the mall itself is almost open, and I can walk through the causeway directly to the 3rd floor of SM and finally load up my card. Here we go.

Sheesh, what a waste of an hour.

At least I got to write this.

 


Nov 11 2016

The Mac is back

Adel Gabot

12;35PM

I got the MacBook Air back from the shop this morning, good as new.

I even got them to lower the price a little more (a tribute to my haggling skills). I would’ve also spent an hour shooting the breeze with the proprietor and the technicians, who are old friends and chatty as hell, but I had another appointment elsewhere and had to split.

To make up the cost of the repair, I sold off several of my old PS4 games this morning, games which were just gathering dust in the room, and the amount they sold for made up for exactly the cost of the repair, so zero balance.

I’m typing this entry on the Air now, to test it out.

Hmm. Having an eminently portable computer that wasn’t an iPod or a heavy MacBook Pro is extremely nice, actually. Food for thought. Hmm again. Am now seriously considering actually keeping it.

What do you guys think?


Nov 7 2016

Finished!

Adel Gabot

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2:35PM

Ha. I finally finished Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on the PS4. Whew. Exhausting and often tedious, but I hung in there. Took me three whole days playing whenever I had time, which, coming towards the end of the year, I seem to have a lot of.

To think three days was the just the opening sequences when I played it on the iMac.

I would have finished it without dying once, but I did, about three times. All three of them near the ending.

Once in one of the levels leading up to the last one—mainly because I was careless and not paying attention, complacent that I was actually going to do it—and the last couple of times at the very last level, killing Malthael, the big bad of the game. Admittedly, it was really hard, and you gotta be extra careful there. But I died a couple of times before I vanquished him. Oh, well.

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Time to trade for another game. Or maybe sell it.


Oct 5 2016

Sierra beta blues

Adel Gabot

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7:37AM

The macOS Sierra betas have been giving my keyboards conniptions lately.

On my beloved Model M IBM Mechanical Keyboard, which I use by default on the 27″ iMac, the letter “h” has turned into “i”, and no matter what I do, that’s seems to be how it is for the near future. So an amused “hehehe” becomes the idiotic “ieieie”.

I went back to the old reliable Apple Wireless Keyboard the iMac came with, and discovered the left and right arrow keys there are effectively dead, as is the plus and equal key (I can’t even type the symbols to explain the problem and have to type “plus” and “equal” out.) I don’t know if there are other affected keys, but I don’t think I want to find out.

It’s not a total deal breaker. I can always mouse the cursor around to the proper place, and I don’t really use the plus and equals signs much, if ever. The h-i issue I can’t fix, but I can live with. But let me tell you, it’s damned irritating.

I’ve complained and brought the matter up to Apple, mostly by the Feedback Assistant they thoughtfully provide beta testers with, but no solution as yet.

I had hoped it was a temporary glitch that will be resolved by the next beta rollout, but they released Beta 3 this morning (yes, another one, but this time I welcomed it), and the problems are still there.

Maybe I should reinstall Sierra from scratch? No, too much effort.

Dammit, Apple, get your act together, will you?