The Twisty Mainframe, Mungo, keeled over this afternoon at El Rancho Deluxe, surrounded by family and friends. The Dual 2 GHz PPC G5 running OS 10.4.11 had been emitting an odor of burnt plastic and pitiful chirping noises for two days before its fan assembly finally erupted in a last hellish death rattle. Roaring like a DC-10 in a wind tunnel and in the throes of a hung software download, Mungo suffered a sudden, though not wholly unexpected, narcoleptic seizure. Efforts to revive it were unsuccessful. It was taken off life support at 2:36 PM.
Mungo is survived by a broken Firewire backup drive on a shelf, a 13″ PowerBook with a dead battery, an iMac without any version of Photoshop whatsoever, and an iPhone with a loose sim card that won’t connect to a goddam thing out here in Rattlesnake, TX.
A new backup drive, ordered when the odor first began a-wafting, did not, alas, arrive in time to save Mungo’s files, because spinster aunts are too cheap to spring for overnight delivery even when 5 years’ worth of data hangs in the balance.