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Mon 05 Jan 2004

Compacting the database

Category : mac and the internet

My iBook is in the shop so I loaned a 12.1". I transferred the Entourage email database, setup a new user and was back in action in minutes. Now that I am back from leave, I have a G4 desktop at work and I can return the iBook.

But the firewire port on this almost two year machine just failed a few days ago and the USB port seems unable to recognise the external harddisk. No wonder there are class action suits against Apple! I need to get the my 0.75 GB email database out of this machine else I can't get started on the pile of work that awaits.

Unable to transfer the database to the server after two tries over the weekend. So I deleted more than 1,000 emails and quite a number of attachments, and am compacting the Entourage database yet again, which takes forever! I will then try stuffing the database into a CDRW and make the transfer.

It's already 1.30pm and I have to be in the mangroves soon...

The delay has already cost us publicity for the Changi tree sculptures. I have come to understand that an urgent email went unread as I fixed the computer problem. An appeal letter might have allowed the sculptures to stay in the NAFA campus. Instead, they are being transferred to a sheltered NParks depot safely now, which is still a good thing. However, had it come to NUS, the press would have covered it, and our efforts to find funding for maintenance and education might have been slightly easier. Well at least the logs are safe, and we have half a year to work on funding.

And no, that's not covered by Apple Care!

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