Apple has announced major changes in their various platforms’ operating systems. Unfortunately, unlike my iPhone and iPad, my desktop unit is not being supported. Hey, the old computer is in great shape, powerful, and hardly exercised by the uses I put it to, but I’ve experienced the mess of trying to coordinate different levels of software across devices and it’s not pretty. Last time this happened I eventually went out and bought a new laptop to eliminate the disparity.
So I ordered a new desktop. Basically the same as the old one only seven years newer and much faster.
Actually, I had been considering a new desktop unit but rumors about Apple migrating from Intel to Apple silicon suggested I should wait. But wait how long? And now it doesn’t matter. One concern is how this new unit will age when Apple does go to their own chips? I have endured two earlier migrations: first from 68K chips to PPC chips, and then from PPC to Intel. Hopefully the migration from Intel will go smoothly and the announced ability to create native applications that run on either will be seamless.
We’ll see. Because of the ongoing pandemic, it will be far into August before I get delivery. My old computer, however, isn’t going to waste as it will be repurposed for the grandkids both as a learning tool and also to stream movies and other kid stuff.
But enough about my computer life and back to the topic of reading for July.
I like this new scheme of selecting my monthly reading pool. I get a few classics, a few newly published novels, a couple of mysteries or other genre fiction, a slim book or two, and two or three big fat ones.
Here’s the July list:
- The Old Wives’ Tale — Arnold Bennett
- The Hive — Camilo José Cela
- Dombey and Sons — Charles Dickens
- The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
- History of the Kings of Britain — Geoffrey of Monmouth
- The Yid — Paul Goldberg
- Cockroach — Rawi Hage
- The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner — James Hogg
- Tyll: A Novel — Daniel Kehlmann
- Cult X — Fuminori Nakamura
- A Bloodsmoor Romance — Joyce Carol Oates
- My Name Is Asher Lev — Chaim Potok
- Shinju — Laura Joh Rowland
- Only In London — Hanan al-Shaykh
- The Two-Penny Bar — Georges Simenon
- The Magnificent Ambersons — Booth Tarkington
- Little Siberia — Antti Tuomainen
- My Life In the Bush of Ghosts — Amos Tutuola
- Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex — Oksana Zabuzhko
- Au Bonheur des Dames— Émile Zola