Five years ago I bought my first Mac, a MacBook laptop. Since then Paul switched from Windows to a Mac desktop computer – an iMac, and we both have had iPods, iPads, and I have an iPhone. You could say we are now pretty close to Mac diehards with the exception of Paul’s Android phone.
My laptop has been a real workhorse, and has been no trouble over the years. I upgraded its RAM from 2 to 4GB one time and another time bought a new battery. But lately it has been having battery issues again, both the regular battery and the core battery. I began to be uneasy that one day I’d just turn it on and have nothing. I thought about getting new batteries (the main one is $200) but ultimately decided that it was time for a new computer. Deciding what to get was hard for me. When I travel I take the iPad and don’t even take the laptop anymore, so I ended up deciding on a desktop, an iMac. After so many years squinting at a 13″ screen, having a 21″ one is really a treat. I’m keeping the old computer for now and may refurbish it in the future.
At the top of this post you’ll see a picture of my desk. It’s actually a stainless steel counter we used to use in the kitchen that I put feet extenders on so as to have a stand up desk. It is much healthier to stand (or some people have a treadmill) instead of sitting all the time. It takes a couple of weeks to get used to it, but I love it… especially now that I got a rubber chef’s mat to stand on! My desk is in front of two wooden shutters between the office and living room. I like that I can look from my desk out to the courtyard and the fountain!
I had been using a Mac program called Time Machine to back up my system on a backup drive, so I started looking into how to go about transferring everything to my new computer. The picture above is what it looks like – endless backups going back in time…. you can select the date you’re interested in and restore a file easily. (I remember trying to set restore points in Windows and it absolutely NEVER worked!) After making sure I had a recent backup, all I had to do was connect the backup drive and the new computer imported everything. And I mean everything. Files, Applications, Cookies, Bookmarks, Mail, every configuration you could imagine. When it was done my computer’s desktop and everything in it was identical to my old computer. The only new computer nuisance I had was deactivating Photoshop on my old computer so I could activate it on this one.
Time Machine took about two hours to move everything over. I remember in the past having to find old disks to reinstall software and other hassles. Not this time.
I also love my new iMac’s wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse. I bought my iMac from Apple Mexico and it was delivered in a week. The price was $200 more than it would have been if we’d bought it in the US, as is the case with most electronics.