Dateline: NJ 11:41 AM ET\n\nThe doorbell rings, the cats scatter like cockroaches when the lights\ncome on, and the package is signed for.\n\nMoments later I'm down in the computer lab and the packaging is ripped\nopen like a piñata being struck by Barry Bonds.\n\nAt 11:46:02 AM ET, the Installer app is launched. "Time Remaining:\nAbout 45 minutes"\n\nWTF? Didn't Pogue say it was a 15-minute install?\n\nOMG! Now it's saying TR is 58 minutes!! Then several minutes go by and\nit's advising the TR is 53 minutes.\n\nLots of DVD drive noises and this aluminum iMac is getting jiggy with\nit. Now 43 minutes.....and then...and then....\n\nAll of a sudden the progress screen disappears and all I see is the\ndesktop pic. Yikes!\n\nIt's rebooting itself now! Slowly, a new splash screen appears and a\nnew progress bar gives the TR as 43 minutes and then seconds later, 33\nminutes. Lots of disk acitivity and the progress bar is about 1/3 the\nway through nut still reading a TR of 33 minutes.\n\nGreat Scott! Now 31 minutes and the cat behind me has just upchucked\nabout a 1/2 cup of kibbles! Poor little bugger, he's keening as\nthere's evidently still more to come.\n\nThe install is still chugging along. My watch reads 12:04 PM so we've\nbeen at for ~20 minutes and counting.\n\nI'm on my old G5 providing the play-by-play, and I see the TR is now 30\nminutes. What kind of timer do they use on these things? It's like\nwatching paint dry, but the progress bar teases me like a hooker in\nAmsterdam's redlight district. I want to look away, but I can't! I'm\ntransfixed by the pulsations.\n\nNow a jump to a TR of 21 minutes! And the progress bar is past the\nhalfway mark!!11!!11.\n\nSeconds later we're at 19 minutes and holding....holding....18\nminutes....\n\nWait, I have to tweet this...\n\nOK, we're back and the TR is 15 minutes. Now "About 14 minutes" Does\nthe CDN version read "Aboot 14 minutes"?\n\n13 minutes! I may wet myself. Time on the watch reads 12:12 PM.\nWe're at the ~26 minute mark now. Oh, the humanity.\n\n12 minutes and the progress bar moves like molassses. Why so serious,\nSnow Leopard?\n\nNow 10 minutes! I hope this investment....wait! Black screen at\nthe TR 10 minute mark! I hear some soft disk noises but the screen\nremains black. Glossy black, with fingerprints -\- I've gotta clean\nthose if this install ever finishes.\n\nOh, I move the mouse and the screen comes back! 6 minutes left! Now\n5...5....5....4!\n\nYes, 4 minutos until it's sandbox time for one happy iMac! It's 12:19\nPM so we've been waiting patiently for this finish.\n\n2 minutes and about a 1 cm of space left for the progress bar to\ntravel. Damn, this is either really slow or my sense of time has gone\nthe way of the Edsel.\n\n"About a minute"\n\nHello!!!!!????\n\nSteve -\- eat!!\n\nOK, I await the grand reveal!\n\n12:22:39 And I'm still waiting!\n\n\n"Less than a minute"\n\nOMFG!!!!111!!!11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!\n\nLess than a minute my a$$! What a tease! The screen dims, I nudge\nthe mouse and it brightens.\n\nThese last few minutes have been unadulterated hell! No room left on\nthe progress bar! Now what?\n\nMore waiting, that's what!\n\nBeeeyotch! I hate you, Snow Leopard installer. Hate! HATE! HATE!!!!!\n\nOK, "The Installation is complete" Must restart.\n\nTIME 12:27:09 PM ET.\n\nRebooting and I'll see you in SL.\n\nCiao!!