As this new year comes in, I foresee the day down the line when I may have to get a new computer. What I am using is working for now, but tech doesn’t last forever. Moreover, I am a firm subscriber to Zuhlsdorf’s Law.
Murphy was an optimst. Therefore…
When you need your technology to work, that is when it will fail.
The extent of the failure is proportioned to the urgency of the need.
When you want to show someone the great gizmo or program you have, that is when it won’t work.
Hence, we have to have backups for our backups and we have to have a plan.
I have been thinking about the unpleasant move to a new computer. I don’t have one in mind yet. I thinking about it.
I have PC at home. On the road I have a Mac. I also use the Mac for somethings at home, but the PC is the workhorse.
I’ll bet some of you have practical pointers gained from experience. I’ve done this a couple times and I know that I have to have a good plan in place before I make a move.
Some of the things that occur to me to wonder about…
- Programs that promise to transfer data to a new computer.
- Partitioning the drive.
Right now I have four, yes four, monitors going, two run from USB gizmos. They all form one desktop. I am considering simply getting one really big monitor or HD screen.
Something that I must have is a Virtual Box that runs Windows XP and multiple virtual drives so that I can use an extremely useful ancient text database that won’t work on 64bit.
Also, here’s a question for you tech savvy types:
These days memory is getting cheaper. USB drives now pack 1TB. What are the uses/advantages of cloning a system onto a USB drive?
I’d welcome some discussion on these and related points.