This afternoon, I received my 1.33 GHz PowerBook back from Apple (the one that blew up on the way to Norway). Everything is back in working order and no data loss. Good ol' Apple - their support is excellent, even if you do lose your laptop for a week. As part of the transition back to this machine, I've decided to format it and copy everything from my new one. Installing Tiger and doing the "copy settings from other PowerBook" works so well, I might as well do it again. Suspecting the worst, I spent a few hours today backing up everything.
I started by tarballing /Applications (5 GB), /Downloads (5 GB) and /Users/mraible (25.5 GB). I wasn't able to do them all b/c I ran out of disk space, so I had to do the first two and then the last one. As I started to copy this from my PowerBook to my Windows box, it began to look like a long day. Estimated time for 10 GB: 5 hours. So I did some research and figured out how to enable IP over FireWire. On Windows, it was pretty easy - I just had to create a "Network Bridge" by selecting both my 1394 Connection and the Local Area Connection. After bridging them, I added a new Network port on OS X utilizing the FireWire port, mapped an IP address manually, and connected to my Windows share the usually way (SMB). OS X took a while to connect, but then it did and I was able to copy 10 GB in 20 minutes, and 25 GB in an hour. Not bad.