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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 05:12pm on 13/01/2010 under ,
Yesterday evening I started something that I've been meaning to for some time - a reinstallation of the OS and apps on my MacBook Pro. I find it a useful thing to do every couple of years; to have a fresh and clean machine, and an opportunity to assess exactly which apps I actually use. When Snow Leopard came out last year I took the opportunity to do a clean install (rather than an upgrade) on the two Mac Minis, but the MacBook Pro is my main machine, and has a lot more software installed on it, so it is a more time consuming task.

So far the biggest installation has been Logic Studio - shuffling the DVDs seemed to go on forever. I won't be installing MS Office; I uninstalled it last year and have managed very well with a combination of iWork and Google Docs. I keep most of my documents in Dropbox nowadays, so they are easy to copy back onto the machine. I still have to retrieve photos and media from the Drobo - I'll be rsyncing this evening.
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 05:12pm on 13/01/2010 under ,
Yesterday evening I started something that I've been meaning to for some time - a reinstallation of the OS and apps on my MacBook Pro. I find it a useful thing to do every couple of years; to have a fresh and clean machine, and an opportunity to assess exactly which apps I actually use. When Snow Leopard came out last year I took the opportunity to do a clean install (rather than an upgrade) on the two Mac Minis, but the MacBook Pro is my main machine, and has a lot more software installed on it, so it is a more time consuming task.

So far the biggest installation has been Logic Studio - shuffling the DVDs seemed to go on forever. I won't be installing MS Office; I uninstalled it last year and have managed very well with a combination of iWork and Google Docs. I keep most of my documents in Dropbox nowadays, so they are easy to copy back onto the machine. I still have to retrieve photos and media from the Drobo - I'll be rsyncing this evening.
location: KY16 8JY
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 04:18pm on 09/06/2009 under , ,
I picked up a second-hand Mac Mini yesterday. It is pretty much the same spec as the one Beth uses (same generation, manufactured late ’08, slightly slower CPU, less RAM, smaller HD). I had intended that Beth’s computer would serve as a media player; she would use it with the TV for her web browsing (mostly the CBeebies web site), and then we would use it in the evenings for iTunes and for downloaded progs. However it turned out that she relishes being able to use it in her own room, so she can play with it (and watch DVDs on it) while Kate and I watch the TV downstairs.

So a different solution for media playback was in order. I’ve been using my MacBook Pro with the TV recently, but it is a hassle doing all the plugging and unplugging. I considered an AppleTV, but the Mac Mini does a good job and will be more versatile. I think we’ll use it for a lot of Spotify listening too. I decided to call it “Haloumi”; we greatly enjoyed some haloumi at the BBQ last Saturday.

I’ve connected it to the TV with a DVI->HDMI cable, and to the amp with Mini-TOSLINK->TOSLINK cable. Had a minor hassle getting a decent picture out of it — spent ages faffing with the Mac’s video settings before finding an undocumented setting deep in the TV’s menus that makes it use “actual pixels”.

We now have four Macs in the house — the two Mac Minis (Haloumi and Stilton), my MacBook Pro (Shropshire Blue, which desperately needs a new battery) and Kate’s PowerBook 12” (well, actually Andrew’s old one, as Kate’s PowerBook — Boursin — has dead video hardware). I think a new computer for Kate will be the next priority.
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