The Cool House: In Memorium

Saturday, April 07, 2007

In Memorium

We are in mourning today.
Last night the cathode ray tube in my ruby iMac G3 emitted a loud bang, the screen went dark and that was effectively that. The iMac was just about the first thing we bought when I arrived in the US at the end of September 2000 and it's been pretty much turned on ever since.
Although we added some extra memory in 2003 we never upgraded to OS X because I knew Ruby didn't have enough power to drive it. As programmers stopped writing for OS 9 Ruby's functionality has been declining. Some web pages looked truncated on her screen, but I didn't care, she opened my email and kept my photos and acted as the server for the wireless system in the house.
And know she's gone it renders my original iPod obsolete too, as it was only compatible with pre-OS X systems. Without Ruby there's going to be a big hole in the middle of my desk but the hole in my heart is bigger.

Ruby Red RIP 2000-2007.

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