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Re: [amug] OS X SIG - Jul 24

From: Charlotte F.
Sent on: Monday, July 23, 2012 12:33 PM
Excellent advice, Pres. Thanks for the Mountain Lion upgrade tips.


On Jul 22, 2012, at 5:09 PM, Todd Daniel wrote:


When: Tuesday, July 24, 7 p.m.

Program: OS X SIG (Special Interest Group) -- Where we discuss all things Apple!

Facilitator: Jay Cann, Chief Technology Officer, Macquarium

Description: We call it the "OS X SIG" but we actually cover everything related to Apple products, including third-party software and hardware. Our meetings are informal and guests are welcome. Bring your questions and see you there!

Location: The Macquarium Building, 1800 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309 [masked]

Questions: Todd Daniel - [masked], cell [masked]


The President Speaketh

Preparing For Mountain Lion

I'm predicting that Wednesday will be the roll-out of Mountain Lion, the new Mac operating system that will sell for $19. Before installing:

1) Make sure your computer hardware meets the minimum specs.

2) You will need at least Snow Leopard on your system.

3) Make sure you are backed up. I recommend both a Time Machine and clone backup (using a program like SuperDuper).

4) Throw something in a volcano, light a bonfire in your backyard, or whatever else you usually do to win favor from your deities.

The Big Wipe

I'm a supporter of completely wiping my Macs every two years, and I'll often use an operating system upgrade as a pretext for a Big Wipe. A Big Wipe cleanses your computer of unused programs and remnants of programs deleted in the past. I also suspect that some of my programs alter and add junk at the UNIX level, and a clean wipe restores everything back to factory settings.

Should you decide to do a Big Wipe, here are some tips:

1) Follow #3 above.

2) Keep all your physical media in one place. I use a shelf in our spare bedroom.

3) Become compulsive about storing the license number of everything you buy in a password program. I am a big fan of 1Password. I also record other details about my new software, such as the email that I registered under, the exact way my name is listed in the registration, order number, and so on.

4) Most software is purchased online these days. Create a folder on an external drive and call it "Software." Drag all your install programs there after you download them. While you could likely download them again, sometimes companies go out of business, discontinue software, etc.. so it's good to play it safe.

5) Remove viruses from the computers of 10 PC friends so that karma will be good to you.

Reinstalling software is always tricky because some programs require a prior version on your machine, and to get the prior version installed, you have to load the prior version before that. In these cases, take notes on all the steps you must take. I use the "Notes" field in 1Password to document things like that.

Despite my best efforts I still find myself missing license numbers and I'll have to spend time digging through email logs or even calling the software company to retrieve my lost number. Fortunately, I've gotten better at documenting new software, so this is happening less.

In addition to cleaning your computer, a Big Wipe is a great fire drill -- it ensures you are ready in case you ever have a computer disaster, such as theft or a lightning strike.

-- Todd Daniel, AMUG President


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