Upgrading to Snow Leopard Review

My upgrade to Snow Leopard went like a dream on my MacBook Pro.  Downside I can no longer scan from my HP Officejet 6310 but I’m sure they’ll have new driers soon.  I’m not really noticing anything different other than aesthetics so far.
My wife however just about had a nervous breakdown.  She’s had an old iMac (with the round base.  Yeah that old)  for a while and I’ve been asking her to get a new computer.  So she finally agreed and picked up the 24″ new iMac.  Wow that is a ridiculously large screen.  So she starts it up, throws in Snow Leopard for what is basically a clean install.
She hooks up the old computer via firewire (not easy because the new Mac only takes firewire 8 so you have to get a 4 to 8 connector at the Apple store.  Best Buy does not carry it!  We learned the hard way.)  Everything looks good.  She tries to print and can find the network but not the printers.  She calls Mac.  They say drag the printer over and hook up via USB then it will work wirelessly.  This does not work.  We try new drivers.  This does not work.  We uninstall Snow Leopard and go back to Leopard.  Everything works fine.  We drag the files over from our time machine (which takes a firewire 8 to 8 connection.  another $39 at the Apple store).  We reinstall Snow Leopard.  The printers do not work again.  We call Apple again.  They cannot help.  We un-install Leopard and leave it alone.
So basically using the new iMac to print with Leopard is better than not printing with Snow Leopard.  I’m thinking its something about the immediate upgrade but its pretty puzzling.  Moral of the story?  Apple should have Snow Leopard already installed when you buy a new computer.

Humanities (from a college essay)

Just a little something brief from old Intro to Humanities.  Comments appreciated!
Understanding the humanities is an important part of developing ethical reasoning because it allows us to be moved by someone else’s work of art.  The fact that this course is a prerequisite for a business degree is very important because it provides this ethical foundation for reasoning.  Traveling around the world was one of the greatest experiences of my life and allowed me to take a glimpse into the lives of other people in less developed countries.  As a result of this travel I have more compassion for people in difficult circumstances and a broader view of life.  In addition, my experiences as a first generation American helped me realize the trials and tribulations facing immigrants that come to our country.  These experiences cause me to view the humanities from a viewpoint that many are not able to experience.  My grandmother had a phrase that she repeated on many occasions, “Nothing is easy.”  This was her viewpoint as a person who lived through perhaps the worst war in the history of mankind.  I am an optimist so I don’t like to say that something is not easy.  I feel any of us can accomplish whatever we wish if we are determined enough.  However we all need a dose of realism in our lives and meditating on the history of other cultures helps us to have just that.  Everyone can be touched by a work of art.  Whether it be film, music, architecture, paintings, or sculptures, art can change our lives.  As we look to the future of our world, art gives us hope that someday we will all be able to understand each other and perhaps peace can be a reality.