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OS X SIG Night - Tues + Ramblings

From: Todd D.
Sent on: Sunday, January 22, 2012 8:12 PM


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

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

Facilitators: Charlotte Ford and Tom Baley

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!

NOTE: In fairness to the restaurant, please buy something.

Location: Mellow Mushroom (NOT Macquarium), 1770 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309,[masked]

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



 The President Speaketh

My iMac Returns To Life

A few of you have been following the story of my dead and now revived iMac. On Friday, I brought it home, and instead of using Time Machine or SuperDuper to restore, I decided to do a fresh reinstall. This is the advice that the famous Adam Christianson gives, and, well, I usually do a fresh reinstall every two years any way. Why? Because like deodorant, it makes me feel good all under.

The reinstall went smoothly for several reasons:

1) Software companies are now nicer about reinstalling upgrades. In the old days, you had to install the previous version, then install the current version, and then remove the old version again. Now, most companies simply let you enter the license number of the old version.

2) 1Password is the most wonderful program in the world. After years of hard knocks,  I am now vigilant about entering all my software purchase information into 1Password as soon as I buy something. When I was reinstalling my software, I actually went through 1Password to remind myself about everything that I owned and what I needed to reinstall.

3) The Apple App Store is wonderful. As soon as I logged into the store, I clicked on "Purchases" and it showed me everything I had purchased. All I had to do was click on "Install' to re-install the programs I wanted. Again, the Apple App Store helped me to remember everything I had on my computer.

4) Dropbox, as always, performed like a champ. I keep my most critical information in Dropbox, and as soon as I hooked it up, it started loading everything on my computer.

The re-installation process took two days. At any given time I had dropbox, software updates, software downloads, and copying from my backups all going on at once.

Another positive from the re-installation is that it gave me the opportunity to remove old software programs and all that evil junk left in my library by prior programs. It also gave me the chance to do a little reorganizing and tweaking.

So, what I'm trying to say is that fresh installations are fun, and they are a good practice drill in case you ever have a real disaster. I get a certain high by doing them, and I can hardly wait for the next reinstall.

-- Todd Daniel, AMUG President


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