Aaaah, the joys of the tech world ... I spent all of 10 minutes at the Apple dealer's today, to buy a USB PCMCIA card, a CD burner, and a copy of Retrospect Express.
Which reminds me I should step back a couple of weeks when I stopped at the Apple Store at Valley Fair to buy a few things ... or so I thought. They didn't have the digital camera I wanted (out of stock - seems that Canon doesn't make the Digital Elph S110 anymore, so I ended up buying an S300). They didn't have a USB adapter card either, because - as the genius behind the "Genius Bar" quoted, "we don't stock anything that supports legacy products".
Legacy products. Didya hear that? In plain English: Old crap. Anything that doesn't have USB and FireWire built in, is legacy crap, which, I suppose, officially makes me a curmudgeonly old fart, because I still love my "Wall Street" PowerBook with its Ethernet and SCSI ports. Sigh.
Back to today. So I spend 10 minutes at the dealer's. Pick the stuff I need, pay for it, and I'm outta there.
And then I spend the rest of the afternoon trying to get it set up right.
First I had to upgrade my system software. I was still running MacOS 9.0, which has worked perfectly well for my purposes so far. But the USB card requires 9.2.1 - and I wanted to upgrade anyway, because the digital camera needs 9.2.1 too. I had just wanted to run a backup first, just to be on the safe side. But so be it - I decided to be brave, upgrade the OS first, hope it all works out without crashing, and then I'd hook up the burner and Retrospect and run my backup.
Okay. Good plan, right?
I run the system installer. Does not complain, runs just fine. I reboot after it finishes. And it crashes, bomb and all, because it doesn't like my old After Dark. (This was no surprise. I knew that After Dark and anything from 9.0 on don't like each other. Berkeley Systems says tough luck, they're not going to make any new, compatible versions. But it still pains me to think I'll have to retire it at last because I collected all my quotations there. Snivel. I better be able to retrieve them!)
Anyhoo. I move After Dark to another folder for interim storage (haven't dared move it back yet. Maybe this weekend, if I feel lucky, I'll give it another whirl.) Plug the USB card into the PCMCIA slot. My Mac sees the card, but doesn't quite understand what it is. The cheat sheet that came with the card sez: "... perform a customized installation of MacOS 9.2.x. When you are asked to select which components to install, check the "USB" check box under "Network and Connectivity"."
While this sounds lovely, there was no such option. Theory and practice ... the usual yawning chasm.
(Gaetano finally found the driver I needed on the net, and gets extra credit.)
I hook up the CD burner to the USB card. The Mac sees it, but the Toast software doesn't seem to find it.
I check in with Retrospect, and try to set up a StorageSet for a backup. Errrmmm ... it's Retrospect Express 4.0, which wants a SCSI drive, and does not seem to support any USB devices. Looks like I need version 4.3.
So the saga continues ... but not tonight. I need some shut-eye now. G'night.