Bit of Rambling, oh, and some new additions!

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  1. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020

    Gamer9430

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    Just a forewarning, I'm going to do a bit of rambling about life and stuff along with sharing my new additions.


    Life:
    So it's November... one of the most usual years of my young life thus far is almost over. This year has been full of violence across the globe, the loss of several well liked celebrities like Prince and David Bowie, and we have 2 idiots running for president. Lots of things have happened on a more personal level as well. School has begun to head downhill since a new principal and president took over, changing up all the rules, causing many to leave and low enrollment numbers. Despite this, I've become much more active in the school community. I was one of the founding members of the all new Radio (Internet podcasts covering sports games)/TV network (YouTube channel with sports related videos, announcements, commercials, and comedy shows) at school back in January. Since then, I've become Vice President of the school's media club, which handles the news paper, the TV network, and the Radio network, and the executive producer. I've also become president of the computer club. I managed to recruit about 20 new students into the club, which looks good on paper, but is horrible in reality since most don't know much about computers, sadly. Also over the course of the last year, a lot of the teachers throughout school have gotten to know me through my technological services, being that I'm almost always fixing someone's computer. Over the summer, the tech coordinator and I spend 2 weeks replacing every teacher's computer with brand new HP EliteDesk desktops, which was really fun to do. Of course, I got some free stuff out of that, like one of the old HP Compaq 6000s we replaced, a 24in 2006 iMac, a 1.42GHz Mac Mini G4, several GPUs, including a hard-to-find GTX 750 Low Profile card, several keyboards, mice, and Hard Drives. So far this new school year, Junior/11th Grade/year, has been great. My grades are at an all-time high, just about all the staff throughout the school know and appreciate me, and things are just going well. My lucky streak of computers and stuff still hasn't run dry after 3 years, as just a few days ago, the tech coord surprised me with a G4 Quicksilver (I'll get to it below) that he saved from being tossed out. I was extremely happy to be handed it, being that last year he was forced by the school to recycle a room full of G4 AGP graphics that I was promised. Anyway, things are actually going great for once, and it feels good.

    Sadly though, one of my good friends has become sick with Leukemia. This was a huge blow to the school community because of how active he was and how good of a person he was. Luckily, however, it's an extremely treatable string of Leukemia, which has a 96% survival rate. So far, his treatments are proving successful and aren't knocking him out too badly, which is awesome to hear. The school community has really come together to help out in any way possible, like donating money to Leukemia research, which indirectly helps my friend out. He also was a star track runner, so to honor him, the track team now wears orange ribbons pinned to their clothes/jerseys. I hope and pray that he has a speedy recovery and that he can get back to school soon.


    Collection:
    On a lighter note, for myself anyway, this new school year has already been prosperous for myself. I've finally gotten a job at the local theatre, which so far has been a pretty easy job. Also, my collection continues to grow ;) . The retired teacher that has given me most of my Macs has informed me had has an SE/30 he'd like to give me, which is AMAZING! I should be getting that at some point in the coming weeks. Also, more recently, on the 15th anniversary of the iPod to be correct, I decided to visit my friend eBay to see if I could find an original iPod for cheap. The originals were all expensive, so I branched out into 2nd gen since they look and feel the same, and sure enough, I found a working one for $45. I waited a day, and the price was dropped to $40, which caused me to immediately buy it. So now I have a 2nd gen iPod, which I love. It feels so smooth to use, compared to the modern day mess that is Apple Music. Lastly, is the PowerMac G4 QuickSilver I was handed a few days ago. The Quicksilver is in great shape being that it's been in a closet for years. I go to open it, and staring right at me is a Sonnet Purple heatsink. So now I'm even more excited, and head home quickly to plug it in and test it. Upon opening About This Mac, low and behold, a 1.67GHz G4 is sitting in my QuickSilver, and damn it's fast. So yeah, my luck hasn't run dry yet. Both the iPod and iPod are in good, working order. As always, pictures are to come, as it's 12:00AM and I'm very tired right now...

    :bravo to you who read the whole thing
     
  2. Greene macrumors regular

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    Will say, I remember being real hot **** in 2004 for owning a 5 GB Gen 2 iPod. I loved that thing to death. I had it tied to a single 1.8 GHz power mac with a whopping 512 mb of ram.
     
  3. Gamer9430 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah I've got to say, I really love this iPod. The menu navigation is extremely smooth, holds plenty of music, and it's pretty well built. I've been using it daily for music and it's been working well so far. A bigger battery would likely be beneficial, so I may end up buying that at some point.
     
  4. Orizence macrumors 6502

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    Im glad to see that most things are going well for you in school I remember Grade 11 went by so quick for me (I'm in grade 12 now), but my school doesn't have a computer club or anything like that. Sorry to hear about your friend though, I wish him the best and a quick recovery.

    Those older iPods though are pretty nice music players, especially with a SD card replacing the hard drive. Too bad mine died. I might actually try to get it going again.
     
  5. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    Glad that things are going well for you! Sorry about your friend, I also wish him a quick recovery. And those older iPods certainly are nice! I have a 3rd generation and it's really great to use, however my favorite is the 2nd gen iPod nano. Real small (better than an iPod touch, for sure), and very simple. And a headphone jack, too! :D Congratulations on the new Macs, they sound great. I have a question- What do you do with all of your computers? Do they just sit somewhere?
     
  6. Gamer9430 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    My collection resides all throughout the house. Most are setup and working, the rest are in my closet. Most of my collection is fully functioning, so I can just take them out and use them whenever. That being said, I do have a few machines that are in need of repair.
     
  7. Gamer9430 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    You should try to start a computer club. Idk if the process is as easy as it is to start one at my school, but there was a surprising interest this year. It's been there since before I was a freshman, but I inherited it last year from a senior who graduated.

    Thanks to both you and HFTaylor12 for your wishes for my friend's return to health. He is doing really well with the treatment, and should be released from the hospital in the next few weeks and will return every so often for more treatments.
     
  8. RhianB macrumors 6502

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    Glad your bud is doing well and life is treating you kindly. You're a lucky guy getting into a Free QS - pretty awesome. I really dig mine. I have yet to use one with a sonnet processor to experience the difference.
     
  9. comda macrumors 6502a

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    hey nick! How about some "Pics or it didn't happen!" LOL who wants to read all that :p
     
  10. Gamer9430 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Of course... on their way!
     
  11. Gamer9430 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Oh yeah, forgot to mention, I have a job now! I work at the local movie theatre cleaning and taking tickets. It's not too bad, but hey, money!
     
  12. Orizence macrumors 6502

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    I might actually try to do that next semester assuming there is some sort of interest. It would be actually kinda fun to have some sort of thing like that....
     

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