Posted on July 20, 2017

Caroline C. Blaker

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In this box is the potential for years of work ahead. It's up-spec'd and ready to roar.

I couldn’t be more delighted to tell you that I’m composing this piece from a brand new computer! It’s new! It’s clicky! It’s zippy! All the sounds it makes are novel, yet familiar.  It’s bright! So bright, in fact, that I’ve had to turn down the brightness for the headache I got. In the last several months, I became increasingly aware of the potential for my long-trusted, well-loved iMac to fail, and while I love waiting until the last minute to replace very heavy machinery, I decided that if I could avoid that, this time, I would call it a win. Being deeply familiar with consequential no-recover crashes, a couple extra scary crashes mostly relating to your dev sites were the final straw to push me over the edge. So here it is, this solid-state, 5k Retina, 32 DDR4 RAM, 4.2 GHz beast. And so shall be its name: Beast.

I suppose together we might be Beauty and the Beast, but I digress.

I added another accessory to my array of bells and whistles. I’ve always wanted to try out this Magic Trackpad thingie. While it’s not quite absorbed into my workflow yet, it seems the perfect companion to my left hand with my mouse on the right. In the work that I do, you have to be kind of ambidextrous to work with both of your hands in the same speed and muscle memory in just typing. My left, of course, is not dominant. In that, however, it does sort of have this freedom to be less constrained but still just as precise - and in drawing arcs and curves, taking an already dominant hand, crouching it over the mouse, then effectively driving from the elbow is not exactly a recipe for, y’know, art. Allowing my fingers do the walking on the left side - precise yet unconstrained, is going to be the way forward in creative production from now on.

The great thing about upgrading mac to mac is the way it pulls all of the one mac onto the other, or  just the apps, or whatever you choose. It doesn’t miss any deeply stored settings or permissions, which means that you can pretty much just get right on your new mac. When I last performed this task from my old-old laptop to my last iMac, the process took 3 and a half days. This time, I restored the new mac from a backup of my old mac taken just 45 minutes before I started the process, and it only took about 2 and a quarter hours, for which I was not even out a computer. Because of crashes I’ve previously experienced, I use both Backblaze (not Carbonite) for cloud backup and have a local backup drive as well. Both are critical to have, because internet service can be out or denied and backup drives can fail, but usually not at the same time. (If this has ever happened to you, I am SO SORRY!)

With all the guts this thing has, I’m ready to take on everything you guys throw at me for years to come.  

Speaking of upgrades, did you know that Ellislab no longer supports ExpressionEngine 2? If you haven’t looked into upgrading your old EE2 site, please consider the upgrade process as a chance to grow and keep your site safe and viable for the future. Most addon functionalities have been ported over, absorbed completely into ExpressionEngine, or replicated in some great future-viable software. That said, there are still some situations that need special consideration, so get ahold of me soon to schedule a free consultation for your site.

About Me

Welcome, I'm a solo-preneur web professional living in the Land of Enchantment. I blog about things related to personal and professional life. My business specializes in Content Management Systems - ExpressionEngine, Craft CMS — and learning of new-to-me tech like Vue JS. I also like writing content like you see here. Please consider hiring me if you’re looking for a developer who is responsive to email and gets it done on-time and in-budget.

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