How to Avoid a MacBook Meltdown – Part I

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Date: Friday, April 7th, 2006, 10:40
Category: Software

Thank you to all the people that wrote to me about my MacBook meltdown yesterday after installing Mac OS 10.4.6 and the MacBook Pro Firmware update. PowerPage reader Bill Elkus wrote about one of the best suggestions that I’ve received:

Before I install any system update, I make a bootable backup using Synchronize Pro X from Qdea. Then if I don’t like the update, I just boot off the external hard drive and overwrite my internal hard drive with the prior image. It takes perhaps ten minutes because it only writes the changes (most of the time is spent finding the changes).
I use Synchronize Pro X religiously at least once a day and it has saved me more then a dozen times over the five years I have owned various versions of the application. Rather than chase down some corrupted preference file, I just revert to an earlier state of my Mac. If I have done substantial work in the mean time, I can usually keep that too since Synchronize Pro X has an option to show you what it is going to change before overwriting anything and it allows you to selectively remove any particular file or files from the process.

Heed this advice fair reader and learn from my mistake.
Rob Kolter wrote How to Avoid a MacBook Meltdown – Part II on 12 April 2006.


Getting Things Done

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Date: Friday, April 7th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Uncategorized

Getting Things Done is a productivity methodology created by David Allen and our own Emory Lundberg has jumped in with both feet.

This paper is nothing more than a summary and use-case of implementing David Allen’s Getting Things Done™ (GTD) using both hifi and lofi weaponry with a primary focus on Mac OS X but the general desire to be as desktop platform agnostic as possible, except where not possible.
The author puts portability, mobility, and efficiency above all other considerations. The author is an information security researcher and engineer for a large organization with offices around the globe, as well as a consultant, and a freelance writer. Due to the very nature of the author’s responsibilities, a suitable workflow to implement GTD was difficult to accomplish.
As something of a (wince) subject-matter expert for mobile tech specifically relating to Mac OS X and wireless connectivity this paper is decidedly low-tech. Presently the online methods for implementing GTD are deemed by the author to be not mobile-friendly and the author places the utmost importance on accessibility and reliability.
For most of my friends at 43Folders this will read like an erotic novel. Hello, everyone!
This is my trusted system. I trust it. It works for me. It has helped me sleep better, work better, play better, and live a much better life. With all things related to productivity, it comes down to what works for you.

Read the rest of Emory’s story on his blog.


The Apple Core: Virtualize, don’t dual boot

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Date: Friday, April 7th, 2006, 10:09
Category: The Apple Core

There’s been plenty of hype about Apple’s dual boot option for Windows Macs, Boot Camp but there’s another option that is worthy of consideration.
In my post about Boot Camp yesterday I mentioned that although it’s a great option for people that need a full Windows workstation, I prefer something like Wine that allows you to run Windows applications while still living in Mac OS X.
There’s another solution that does this now called Parallels. Parallels Workstation 2.1 is the first desktop virtualization solution for Intel-based Macs that enables you to run Windows, Linux and other operating systems in parallel inside Mac OS X.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.