I have had one of those weeks, my Mac went screwy, and I had to go to the local Apple store, no point in mucking about trying to fix it, even I knew that the graphics card was on its way, I had seen the signs some time back, but it held on and I continued.
But last week, it made the final move, and I got half a screen and lots of strange horizontal lines, the net chat boards said, the card was fried, could be fixed, but was going to be expensive with no promise of lasting,,,,, best to bight the bullet and buy a new Mac.
So there I am looking at a Top line Macbook Pro, with 1TB of drive, and my card severely dented. Next problem, all my data, luckily, I have for a few years alway kept all my files within Dropbox, so a swift trip to their web site, sign in and wait for a few hours for it all to transfer, so neat, so clean, and just no just trying to reload a backup.
Next problem the 20,000 or so photos in iPhoto, this required a trip back to the Apple store and 10 mins later I knew how to transfer the file across, dead easy, just start the old machine up holding down the “T” and the old machine is seen as an external drive, drag it across and we are done.
Then its reloading some of my programs, I use Google Docs for the vast portion of my writing, so no problem, but Vectorworks needed reloading and so did my Academic copy of Autocad, both easy to do.
The Mac had also been busy talking to the net and was synced up with iClod and my other machines. So a day later I am back up and running, the new Mac is so quick, no waiting, and the solid state hard drive is great.
Dropbox, I have to say, saved the day, just no hassle, no conflict, no nothing, just worked with so little from me to do. so all you small offices who rely on servers, and what else, go to dropbox, the small cost every years is so worth it, especially when you machine is on the last legs and you buy new. And there lies the CPD, its all about setting up an office, using and office and not loosing data.
As for my vast, and I do mean vast repository in Evernote, again a simple reload of the program and all is back.
Todays photo is rather interesting, in that its part of a set of tiles found that depict geometry, they are quite old and no one seems to know what or when they were made, but given my current interest in surveying and my teaching of the subject, this excellent article on Scientific America and photo set is well worth following up.