Close call? (Mac content)

Earlier, I had talked about being so busy that I had to schedule time to fix my own computer. Looks like things are going to stay busy.

Fortunately, fixing my computer turned out to be incredibly simple.

First off, here’s what happened. I was in the middle of doing an upgrade when something failed. So, I tried to reboot the machine. No go. Uh-oh. No boot. The machine wouldn’t boot AT ALL! Ack!!!!

So, the first step was to restart off of the old drive that had 10.4. Rebooting the computer, and holding down the Control key when the computer started up, allowed me to select which drive to boot off of. So, I get the computer started, and 10.4 runs fine. (On an aside, 10.4 definitely feels dated after using Leopard for just 3 months! And 10.4 booted a faster). Next is to try to repair the disk. No problems there. Still didn’t help. Before going any further, I decided that I’d make a backup copy of the bad disk, just in case. Carbon Copy Cloner did a great job of making a copy of the drive to a backup disk.

Next is time to bring out the big guns. I pulled my Leopard install disks, and boot off of the install disks. Then, I ran the disk utilities on there. Do a disk repair, and do a permissions repair. Bleech. No go.

At this point, I decided ‘to heck with it, just reinstall’.

That’s where things got interesting 🙂

I ran the install program on the DVD, and because there were already files on the drive, it brought up a list of options. One of the options was something called ‘Archive and Restore’. This option takes what is on the install drive, copies it to a separate directory, installs the OS, then copies over the old data into the new system. Well, what the heck, I’ve got nothing to lose, I tried it.

Can we say ‘it worked!?!’

Even though I had 10.5.1, and was installing 10.5.0, ALL of my programs got copied and restored. My settings, my accounts, EVERYTHING! Oh, did I mention that my programs were copied and restored correctly, to? The only problem I had was that my soundcard drive didn’t make it, but that was easily restored.

One thing that helped this process is that OS X does not have a concept of a registry. All configurations are stored in files in specific areas.

Yes, I love my mac. I can’t imagine going back to Windows as my home desktop computer. With the news today that Roland basically purchased Cakewalk and Intuit showing off a decent version of Quicken for the mac, I’m not sure that I will have any reason to keep my PC virtual machine around at all!

You know you are too busy when…

You have to schedule yourself for computer repairs (and you may end up being bumped!)

It’s a mark of how busy things are when I have to schedule ‘me time’ to fix my computer on my calendar.  Yes, the might Mac hiccupped, and I have to do a little bit of work on it.  Thank god it’s the mac and not a PC.  All I have to do is copy off my data files, reinstall the OS, and copy everything back.  Not really a big deal, but a pain.  And, before I get any mail about having to reinstall the Mac OS, this was my own fault.  I was fully aware that I might need to do this, so I certainly am not upset.  I just found it funny that I had ‘pencil myself in’ for my tech services!

A belated ‘Happy New Year’

Just wanted to wish everyone reading this a ‘Happy New Year’.

Gotta say, this one is at least starting out better than most.  Monday was a great day, I caught up with some friends, hung out at the Hard Rock, played pool, watched the ball drop, and watched the fire works.  All in all, a great night.  Then Tennessee went and beat up on Wisconsin in the Outback bowl on Tuesday!  Yeah!  What a way to save their season.

During the course of hanging out with my friend Rick, we ended up talking about last year’s focus, and this year’s goals.  I have to admit, last year was a ‘stuff’ year for me.  Between the house and all the things that go into it, my focus had been upon acquisitions.  Fortunately, the road trip in September to my cousin’s wedding put me back on the path of what is important.  This year (and EVERY year!) is going to be about friends, family, and relationships (well, hopefully FORMING relationships this year!). 

The last couple of months have been real eye openers.  I’ve been hanging out a bit with one of my cousins who lives near me.  She’s helping me get on the ‘straight and narrow’ about getting life a little more organized.  Then, I’ve been hanging around another friend who’s family I was able to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with.  That was really interesting.  I had a great time, and gave a lot more meaning to the holidays than I’d realized.  I’ve got to admit, Christmas was a lot more fun with a lot of kids running around laughing and playing (and going home to stay with THEIR parents 🙂 )

Then, I ended up getting the best Christmas present ever.  Someone whom I hadn’t talked to in a while texted me with a Merry Christmas.  I honestly didn’t know if it was a mistake or what.  It turns out it wasn’t a mistake, nor was it a generic text blast.  I am truly touched that this person was thinking about me.  I don’t plan to loose touch again.

Ok, enough rambling!  Happy New Year!!!!