January 04, 2006

Grr, ResNet

So, here I am, back at university.

And for the second term out of a total of two, the internet refuses to work for me, so once more I'm using the saving grace of Mac OS 9.

Last time, I installed Ubuntu, and that made everything better. Okay, so it took a while, but I got there. This time, Ubuntu is still installed. It's the exact same Ubuntu that was working all the way through last term.

But now it works no longer. It's not even a DNS problem – it won't connect to anything. (Sidenote: The Mac had DNS problems, but thankfully I had Google's IP in the history, and could find some DNS servers using Google's cached pages.)

All this just reinforces my want for a Mac Mini. It's cheap, it's a better computer (spec-wise) than the one I have, and it would be much, much easier to move about.

The problem is that when I get Ubuntu working again, I won't need a better (i.e. working) computer any more. The obvious solution is to buy a Mac Mini immediately, but that's far too impulsive.

And since last time I was stuck on OS 9, I complained about the Javascript, now I'll take this opportunity to mention that the front page of Warwick Blogs is very messed up in IE Mac. This is, of course, to be expected, and totally acceptable.

- 4 comments by 2 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. god tell me about it. GAAAH. And why is it that while nothing works, Warwick Blogs remains immune?!

    04 Jan 2006, 00:48

  2. do you have a screenshot of the homepage in IE Mac?

    i'd question the need to cater for IE Mac though now that it's been officially abandoned.

    04 Jan 2006, 01:07

  3. John Dale

    If you're using OS 9 and you need a modern, standards compliant browser, we'd recommend iCab 3. It's a beta, but it's very mature and stable, and given the age of the OS on which it's running, it's astonishingly capable. It'll render the blogs home page and the rest of Warwick Blogs and indeed all the various web sites and services at Warwick, flawlessly. We like it so much we've bought a site licence for the campus.

    04 Jan 2006, 09:36

  4. I'm hoping that I won't be stuck on OS 9 for long, but thanks for the recommendation.

    04 Jan 2006, 13:33

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