I am a Mac guy. Always have been. The iMac that I have had for 7 years and two hard drives finally decided to retire. The thrill of upgrading to a new computer is the yen to the yang of reintalling all the files. With Mac's past the process of installing a new system, and re-installing all the old apps and files was frustrating, very time consuming and humbling. There is a standing rule at the Johnson house to leave the area when I am "installing" a new computer. My time honored process is to curse and scream at a blank screen, followed by throwing non breakable objects and walking away to calm down. That process would be repeated several times until the job was finished. But that was the old days when the "fast Mac was 512k".
Today there is a wonderful thing called the Time Machine. Having to reinstall two hard drives on the old machine I thought my cursing, screaming, throwing, days were past. Time Machine operations are simply a matter of signing on to my network and clicking the reinstall back up. 24 hours later you have your stuff back. That is certainly the way the day started yesterday.
At the point when the dialogue screen said that the estimated time was 93 hours to completion I realized there would be no work on that computer for a couple of days. Having found a herd of dust bunnies behind the old Mac it was cleaning time. That prompted me to clean and dust everything in the office.
I took everything from the counter and desk top and put it on the floor. I sorted it and threw out anything that I could not recognize as important. I took breaks but was at it for about six hours. It was very satisfying when the desk and counter to the office was neat and clean. In fact it was now so well organized the tangle of electrical cords under the desk looked exceptionally un tidy. So I decided to "stow up the lines" as they say on a sail boat.
It was going well, looking good, but there was a cord so tangled around the rest that the only way to free it was to unplug it. I made sure it was not the computer, that would have been a stupid mistake. In fact this was an outlet on the other side of the room from the new computer. I was particulary proud of the way the cord looked once I had finished it. At this point my Son walked into the office, he had been doing some work on line and he said, "Did the network go down?" Oops.
I had unplugged the wireless router. The router went down, the network went down and of course the 6 hours of Time Machine back up went down.
With the help of a very nice lady named Penny at Apple Support we had to erase the drive and reinstall the system which took three hours.
So I started over this morning.
Jay Johnson:The Two and Only on pay-per-view demand August 9th. DVD release on December 16th. By that time I might have a computer I can use again.
As you were,