So, last Saturday I spent 14 straight hours working for the Pontiac
area Christmas in Action
, which is sort of equivalent to habitat for humanity
except fixing existing homes rather than building new ones. To be fair, I only planned on spending about half that time, and I didn't realize that a good chunk of that time would involve breaking large rocks into little rocks on three hours of sleep, but I'm not complaining.
Anyway, at one point in the day, I desperately needed some 2.5mm and 4mm screws to piece together a light fixture, and decided to check out the dumpster for possibilities. Glancing down the length of the 20 cubic yard
dumpster, I spotted an imac
computer, and realized that computers often have metric screws. So....I grabbed the computer and with the aid of a hammer wielding
Gunar, looked for screws in it. Unfortunately, the iMac
designers made it impossible to get the screws we needed, so I redneck-tapped the light fixture's metric hole by filing a taper and notches in a SAE
8-32 machine screw, and used a self-tapping sheet metal screw for the second hole. Although the iMac
sat in the rain for an hour or so, I decided to take it home, mostly because I was simply too tired to think straight.
So...today, as a long time Windows/Intel computer owner (yes, I did own a Commodore C64 briefly
), I now own my first Mac. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, but it already inspired this fun conversation:
Housemate A: Hey, (sarcasm) I don't think you're supposed to put computers on their faces!
Bob: Its not a computer, ahh.....ahhh...its a volkswagon egg.
So, now that I've dubbed it the VW egg, I'm going to try running OSX or linux on it and using it for simple internet browsing. Other suggestions for it are welcome. As a side benefit it irritates my microsoft worshipping roommates:-)