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Degooglification has begun

If you hadn’t heard, Google cried foul after it was hacked and fled mainland China for Hong Kong.  When this happened on March 22, users visiting google.com were automatically directed to its Kong Kong site, google.com.hk.  From there searches worked just like anything else in the mainland – results are censored for anything deemed objectionable and some things are blocked.

Until today.

I go to google.com and am redirected to google.com.hk.  All is fine.  I search for “great wall” and all is not fine.  The connection gets reset and I receive the white screen of death.

However, things seem to work if I use the Google search bar within my browser window.  I search for “great wall” and get Continue reading

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New gadget

Can you call a hard drive a gadget?  I’ve been keeping my eye out for a solution to my hard drive problem, which is that it’s too small.  I have a Western Digital passport external hard drive that I got in the biggest size back in the day, which back then was 40GB.  Now that’s not enough space to back up just my music (thanks, free Google Music) and my pictures (I’ve been in eight countries in the past twelve months alone).  I’ve been living in secret fear that something would happen to my 2 1/2 years of lesson plans and Powerpoints mid-semester, so I decided it was time to do something about it.  My options were to get either an external drive or to upgrade my laptop to a bigger hard drive.  Since my laptop is 2 1/2 years old I couldn’t see spending money on that so I ruled that out quickly and started researching external drives on cnet.com, which led me to this:

Iomega eGo Portable Mac Edition

  • 500GB
  • USB 2.0
  • FireWire 400
  • FireWire 800
  • Backup software
  • Drop protection from 52″
  • 3-year warranty
  • Pre-formatted for the Mac Continue reading

iLemon

I’ve written here and here about the problems with my 2007 MacBook CrackBook, which I have affectionately dubbed the iLemon.  In it’s two-year history, the entire casing/keyboard/touch-pad has been replaced three times (so far) and the motherboard and sound card have been replaced.  Thank goodness I bought Apple Care, although one would hope that after spending $1000+ on a laptop one wouldn’t have to spend an additional ~$300 to make sure Apple is held responsible for fixing its expensive machine when their faulty engineering causes it to break.  And now I’m looking at this yet again:

The Apple CrackBook

When I get back to the States in January my first stop will be the Willowbrook Apple Store before my Apple Care plan is up in June.  Now, lest you think I am especially abusive of my computer and cause this damage myself, my Mom/Sister 1/Sister 2/upteen-number-of-friends/many-angry-netizens have experienced the same problems.  Apparently this is why:

The cracking explained

The Apple CrackBook phenomenon explained