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Thu 02 Aug 2007

Day 2 of the shift

Category : NUS

I managed to transfer most of what I had left behind yesterday. It was tough but Hua Qin and I had Ruo Yu to lift our flagging spirits. I made her shift the squeaky chair andd it was funnny seeing her grimace as we went through Chemistry and Pharmacy corridors to get to S2.

Some things had to go, of course. My boxes of Apple OS' since 10 X to Panther were recycled. The OS disks were extracted, of course, as they still come in handy in an emergency (like a Classic-hosting system for PAUP). But it was still painful to toss the lot out and here, the right is emotion is depicted by the co-owner of the collection.

I guess the boxes could accumulate because I have been at the museum since 1999; I made the dramatic switch to OS X in 2002. There was enough space then to line one layer of my cabinet with the boxes, where I was sure to find what I needed, not anymore. I made sure Ruo Yu was on hand to flatten the boxes as soon as I got them out of the cabinet, to prevent second thughts!

This was one of the less significant problems though. Shifting is always tough as you have to toss out stuff that comes in handy in an emergency. Like extracting data out of ancient disks or systems. If I toss out various cables, serial adaptors, ZIP & floppy drives and the like, I'd never have extracted some critical data in the past. Simplification means I'll just have to use a commercial service or shrug my shoulders like the rest of them, I guess.


Bag of tricks for every occasion.

Eventually I will even thin out the books in my new office and favour visits to the library. Ruo Yu thinks it will take 2 years but I am aiming for six months!

We didn't stay miserable very long. Milk shakes at Mega Bites took care of that. But that story for another post.

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