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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Me and Mac

The hard drive on my old PC has been teetering on the brink of destruction for weeks now and it finally got to the point where I could no longer ignore its creakiness and reluctance to crank up for another day's work.  I knew something had to be done but I was finding it hard to pull the trigger on buying a replacement PC for the sick one because, over the years, I have come to believe that planned obsolescence of PCs is all a big plot to force me to buy replacement software every few years.  Bill Gates and company always manage to kill some of my favorite software when they come out with a new version of the Windows operating system.  The other software companies seem to have little incentive to offer the fixes that would make their older versions compatible with "Ultimate Windows" because, of course, they would rather have the customer return to buy the version that does work with Ultimate Windows or next year's Best Windows Ever.

Well, I refuse to play that game anymore.  Instead, I ponied up for my first iMac yesterday afternoon.  And now I'm faced with the huge task of moving all my old files over to the iMac so that it will do all the things I need it to do.  It is a relatively easy process, I find, to move things over to the Mac from my backup drives; the kicker is getting them to open up in the iMac software.  But even though this is my first ever exposure to working on an iMac, I continue to make steady progress - although I did have to make a run to Barnes & Noble this morning to find an illustrated user's manual that could explain a few of the things that had me stumped.

So far, I have only destroyed one thing - well, at least, so far as I can tell.  Somehow, I managed to lose everything in the inbox of my main email account, the one tied here to Book Chase, in fact.  I remember there were close to 70 emails in that box, so I apologize if I've deleted anything that required me to respond to any email from here.  I'm still hoping I'll find the inbox sitting safely in some snug little corner of Mac's big file room but, so far, that hasn't happened.

All of this computer time has limited both my reading and my posting this weekend - and I'm starting to wish I had made the switch a year ago when I first considered it because this is a snazzy machine, and I'm loving it already.  I suspect that this time-challenge will last for another few days, though, so bear with me as I struggle to get all the way back to square one again.  What is it they say about the journey again?
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