I’m about halfway there on the upgrade of the larger notebook harddrive and 10.5.4 with XP BootCamp (all of this is to get SolidWorks 2008 Education version running, mind you).  Leopard is noticeably faster than my old run down version of Tiger.  Or at least that’s what they’d have you believe.  No seriously, this system is running snappier with the fresh install. I’ll still need to migrate all my iPhoto stuff, as the version of Leopard I bought didn’t come with iLife.  I’ll need my address book and some bookmarks but that’s about all I need to migrate.  It’s pretty straightforward.  I did create a bootable external drive backup of Tiger in case something goes wrong using, Carbon Copy Cloner.  That worked pretty well too. You just hold down the (alt) option key at startup and choose the firewire disk you want to boot from.

Currently the TimeCapsule is backing up this fresh install.  The TC 500GB drive is a little loud when writing even though its encased in white plastic.  We were able to play a DVD video_TS file over 802.11n the other night to the TV.  As a note, you should turn off Time Machine automatic backup when you’re planning on watching something on your laptop because it’ll keep trying to backup while trying to stream the video and it’ll get choppy.  Lesson learned.  Under XP it said we’d connected to the router at 128 MB/s.  So yeah, this stuff seems to be working alright.  Another nice feature of Leopard is in the Dictionary Application it goes to Wikipedia as the default.  Pretty cool.

The Evergreen State

We went to some weddings. They were nice. Mostly it was great to see trees, hike again in the Olympics and spend some time on the water taking ferries. Victoria, British Columbia had a nice small town feel to it. When we got to Seattle Z’s commented that there were so many European comfort clothing and shoes stores, it boggled the mind. Victoria had the same innumerable coffee shops and micro-roasters as Seattle, but pleasantly less European comfort clothing. We did visit several 2nd hand vintage clothing stores in Victoria and they all had a pretty good selection.

I almost bought a pair of sweet leather handmade Bavarian (West German) hiking boots, probably early 1980’s vintage, basically in new condition for $15 (the CAD is basically 1:1 with our USD). But I didn’t. They were kind of heavy and my old Vasque ‘Sun Downers’ are still kicking it and if for some reason I do ever buy another pair of boots they need not be heavy duty hikers. Z bought a fanny pack.

Maybe it was a function of being in Victoria in the “shoulder season” but it felt touristy without so many tourists. Beacon Hill park and Holland Point were gorgeous. We almost got up at 5:30 one morning to see the sunrise, we made it to the Point at about 7am and it was still a great view. We had time for a leisurely walk back to the hotel and stopped at a French Canadian run coffee shop with surly snobby baristas and caught the 10:30am ferry back to Washington State.

At some point we’ll upload pictures. The weekend prior to going out West we had a wedding in the far Northwest of Virginia. These bookends, if you will, of weddings were a nice way to get out of the city. I went for a run one Saturday morning on the Appalachian Trail with a friend of Matt’s. The hills were fantastic, better than the Queen’s Borough Bridge I’d say. Harper’s Ferry, WV it turns out is a great place for both beard competitions, scary wax museums, and a place stuck in time namely 1856. But yes, it is also the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and full of rugged beauty, and scary wax statues.