Nothing is ruined.

iMac Funeral

Here lies Twyla's iMac. November 18, 2009 to April 26, 2016.

You'll rest in pieces, likely.

I've known this was coming for a long time, I just had hoped I could eke out a few more months. I've been obsessively working on external drives whenever I don't forget, but today I missed a deadline with a client because it wouldn't start for hours. It's too much of a risk to do anything important on it anymore. I'm hoping it will run well enough to be a TV in our living room.
But it's time. It won't run correctly for more than a day now, and most of the time it won't start, so it's time to thank it for its service and let it go. If we can get it running somewhat reliably again it will be to watch TV on it in the living room, not do any work, it's not reliable enough. It's odd how connected we feel to our tools, you know? This computer was upgraded dozens of times. I worked and played with it. It was a part of my daily life since before I got married.

The next time it works for a bit, I'm going to create a basic user with nothing that runs on it but Chrome and see if it will work as a TV/Podcast computer if I don't tax it. That would be nice for our living room!
It feels like the death of the last workhorse on the farm and all that's left is an old pony. (MacBook circa 2010 is still kicking, now it's going to see much heavier use.)

In the end, I knew it was coming, and the day came. Let's hope for a chance at an upgrade in the coming months!