The iBook is safely home at last. It was a long journey for the little thing; from the shelves of SmallDog, to the shelter of my home, to the back rooms of Apple Towson for warranty repair, to the #8 bus back downtown, and finally back to its rightful home at my desk for some tender sweet luvin’.
In the process of installing the Airport card and RAM, I managed to scratch a not-too-pretty pattern into the RAM shield, and at least one screw fell irretrievably into the machine’s deep dark innards (it’s a lot bigger inside than it looks from the outside). The struggle paid off; the iBook now breathes a bit easier: it has 384MB of RAM, and the Airport card provides blazing supa-fast wireless access in the vicinity of access points at work and in school.
Coming soon: a word on software.