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I spoke to my friend Jörg yesterday. He received his new iMac last week. The whole stunning large screen almost wireless affair. He said the screen's sheer size was brilliant – particularly after writing his complete dissertation on his girlfriend's iBook. He also said that the new 'data transfer assistant' that came with the iMac was suprisingly good, getting all the accounts and network stuff from the iBook – without even trying.

And that's what he found upsetting as well. He had put aside the whole evening to spend some quality time with the new machine – setting it up, transferring data, tweaking everything. But it had all been done automatically after a short wait. Now he had the nice new computer and didn't have any excuse to use it. Bum! In a geeky way:

Apple – taking the fun out of computing since 1984.

October 13, 2004, 1:05


Comment by gummi: User icon

That’s the first time I heard about that data transfer assistant working well. I took a big swerve around it and went in from scratch. Nobody is gonna take my painstaking ritualistic Mac setup away from me!!

October 13, 2004, 11:11

Comment by ssp: User icon

I suppose the transfer may fail on more complex installations that fiddled with the Unixy bits. But it seems to work all right for normal people. Which is the whole point.

Actually I quite like the idea of this working myself. I’m definitely not a friend of reinstalling and have a track record of upgrading instead of choosing the ‘clean’ option whenever possible.

October 13, 2004, 12:14

Comment by d.w.: User icon

I installed the OS X Public Beta on my old iMac DV the day I got it. I did a clean install when OS X 10.0 shipped. It’s now running 10.3.4, doing nothing but stock incremental updates of every major and interim release since. This machine runs both my website and hosts my email, and I’ve had exactly two problems in all that time (i.e. over three years) that I can attribute to doing upgrade installs instead of clean installations: one was a genuine Apple bug in their installation scripts, and the other was a result of them switching from Sendmail to Postfix.

I can’t imagine doing this with Windows or any of the other Unixes I work with.

October 17, 2004, 21:31

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