Another Reason I Love Apple

We’ve had some electrical problems at my house lately.  Specifically, we’ve had a series of power outages.  When the power goes out, of course my computer goes off.  When it comes back on, my iMac usually loads up everything to where it was when the power went off.  It’s pretty cool.

Well, on January 20, the power went off.  Then it came back on and the Mac started to reboot.  And then the power went off again– right in the middle of that reboot.  Once the power came back on again, the Mac rebooted, but it had crashed.  Big Time.  Unlike a Windows machine, where you would get a blue screen with some code number, on a Mac, you get a screen with some helpful tools that you can use to put your computer to right.  I tried them, but alas, they didn’t work this time.  I tinkered with it for a couple of days, because I’m pretty tech savvy and usually fix my own problems.  I had some upcoming online classes, but I wasn’t worried, because I had my MacBook Air as backup.

So, I went online and scheduled a visit to the Genius Bar at my local Apple Store.  I went in this morning, carrying my Mac in its original box, that I pulled down from the garage rafters and dusted off.  An Apple Genius was waiting for me, and plugged it in at the Genius Bar, right there in the middle of the store, and hooked into the wifi where he had a battery of tools.  In a minute, he had determined that there wasn’t any hardware problem, and had re-imaged the iMac so that it was like a new computer.  I walked out of the store, 20 minutes after entering, having paid NOTHING (and my iMac is a year past warranty).

Now, here is the cool part.  One of the best features of the Mac is Time Machine.  It automatically backs up the computer every hour.  If you accidentally erase a file or misplace it, you can go into Time Machine, find a time when you had that file, and pull it out.  Even better though, is that you can do a full restore like I did this afternoon.  I came home, plugged in my external drive and restored my iMac to where it was just before the power went out.  Even the crap that I had on my desktop was still there.  It even opened the apps that I had open at the time!

I bought my first computer in 1982, and I’ve owned a bunch of them since– around 14 or 15, but I will never own another computer but a Mac.

Time Machine

One of the coolest things about the iMac is Time Machine, built right in.  It’s just way cool.  I’ve got a new external hard drive that I’m designating as my time machine drive.

In the past, I have obsessively backed-stuff up all over the place.  Now I can take a bit of a breather.

Almost a year on WordPress

I just got a message that I needed to renew my domain name– WesleyAllison.com.  This reminded me that I have been publishing my blog on WordPress for almost a year.  Prior to that I was on blogspot for almost four years.  This August will be five years of daily blogging.

As I was writing the first paragraph, a notice popped up that my virus protection had been updated on the new computer.  On my HP, last time I updated my virus protection, the whole thing crashed.  I had to uninstall it, reboot, reinstall, and fiddle with a whole bunch of settings.  That is one reason I decided to get an iMac.  I wanted to turn it on and just have the computer work.

I actually managed to sit down and get some writing done yesterday and I’m going to try today.  Sadly with five weeks in January, it means that there are three weeks between writers’ group meetings.  My wife is filling in though.  She doesn’t much care for sexually/violently graphic material, but she is being a good sport and listening anyway.

All Set

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Well, she is all set up and in her place, ready to help me get started writing and doing whatever else I do on my computer.

It didn’t take me as long to migrate everything over as I thought it would, but I’m still learning some new tricks.

As misfortune would have it, my daughter dropped her laptop the other day and killed it, so she is inheriting my HP.

Getting Ready

Well, I’ve got my important files transferred to my new iMac– my writing, my music, and my pictures.  I’ve got a new version of Microsoft Word ready to go (one of the few perks of being a teacher is $10 MS Office: nice), so now I can get to writing.

I’m really happy with how 82 Eridani: Journey is coming along.  I’ve finished chapter six, and I’m really starting to enjoy writing these characters like I did my people in Senta and the Steel Dragon.

I only have a smidgeon left of Astrid Maxxim, but I’m going to work on Journey until I feel like getting back to her.  For some reason I’m just not ready to write the end of this book, so I’m going to follow my gut.  As long as I get some writing done, I’ll be happy.

Working on the new computer.

I’m sitting here trying to get my new computer set up.  This is the first thing I’ve typed on it.  Feels pretty good so far.  Looks awesome… so sexy.  Pics in the next few days.  On the other hand, I’ve been sick for 21 days now and I’m about sick of being sick.