On a medium haul flight during the day without enough bandwidth to work properly so here goes...
But Pro Tools wouldn’t run on 10.4 and digidesign were not looking like they’d have support ready before the start of the school year.
So I started poking at 10.3.x to see if I could fix it.
Turned out lots of the power management stuff was there and available. Turns out no major arch diffs on the new iMacs woot!
In the meantime I thought I’d mail Steve Jobs about it.
It both blew my mind and really pissed me off.
So I ramped up the kext process. Automated it. Set up two whole labs of computers to parallelize it.
! 🎰 jackpot 🎰!
And I was going. I’d be able to tell all my Mac sysadmin buddies how to make this work!
I was so excited. So I mailed something to an Australian list of edu folks to let them know the good news!
The first warning sign was when I turned up this room Apple used to use to put engineers in touch with the folks running Macs at some kind of scale. Some odd looks. 👀
This was such a stressful period for me that I can still remember the bugs and fixes.
I was sure one of my apple employee friends was elaborately trolling me so I went along with it.
But they weren’t.
So I kind of just whined at a few friends, got drunk at Dave’s bar and eventually went back to Australia thinking these things might be related but not being sure.
I get a phone call from AppleCare
“Hi I have to tell you that if you run those computer labs on OS X 10.3 we’re not going to honor your warranties for any of your Macs. Been told to tell you. Bye”
Still not sure I approve of them :P
Bandwidth was expensive back then!