Clean-Up Time

I’ve finished backing up and mirroring my hard drive to my backup drive. Everything is there, everything works.

Now I’m getting ready to reformat my Mac hard drive for the first time ever, and reinstall the basic system software. Over the last couple of years, I’ve added far too much software, and some of it has caused problems that reach deeper into the system than these programs had any business doing. I’m starting over with a clean slate in order to speed up my system and optimize.

In a year or so, when the early adopters have debugged the new iMacs for me, I’ll probably get one. But, having been the early adopter on far too many systems and OSes, I’ve learned that this time I’ll wait long enough before I adopt for the new chip and the new OS and the new emulator to allow them to crash someone else’s work and screw up someone else’s deadline, rather than mine.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

3 comments… add one
  • JM Jan 15, 2006 @ 21:12

    By the “new imacs”, if you mean the Intel based chipset, I agree that waiting is probably the best option. However, the initial performance tests I’ve seen about the speed and reliability of these new systems indicates that they will be more than twice as fast as any other imac and just as reliable. Good luck. I’m in the same boat as arrvee in that I’ve only ever owned an x86 based system running primarily Windows and occasionally Linux. A slammin’ Mac system may just be enough for me to contemplate a switch.

  • BJSteeves Jan 13, 2006 @ 15:17

    The wonderful thing about a second (or third, etc…) computer is that you can test “new” stuff on it before you commit it to your working system. The test system doesn’t have to be top of the line, just good enough to see if it get crashed when you load something that needs to be tested.

    Maybe that’s why I have 5 systems around me.

  • arrvee Jan 13, 2006 @ 14:53

    Those of us who have chosen to inflict Wintel systems on ourselves (as if we didn’t already have enough troubles) learned long ago to wait until at least Version 3.0 before upgrading. It can be exciting to be on the edge of what’s new, but also very frustrating and time-consuming. I just don’t need that.

    The older I get, the more I believe that Ned Ludd had the right idea.

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