computer trouble, part 2

This is the continuing saga of my new MacBook experience. At least it was going to be, but I’ve decided on brevity over particulars. I’m sure you will miss all the boring details I’ve cut from this blog entry.

I finally had time to open the box and play with the new MacBook the next day after work. On initial boot Apple gives the chance to migrate files from a previous mac, and I had picked up a $1 firewire cable from a computer store bargain bin for this purpose. It didn’t go so smoothly, though, as I ended up severely corrupting the old mac’s hard drive. My best guess is I didn’t fully insert the cable into one of the firewire sockets.

Thwarted, the first thing I did was manually move over most of the data I wanted from the old mac. Then I tried to use the Migration Assistant to duplicate what the initial-boot-copy would have done. (I already had most of my files, but I wanted it to cleanly migrate trickier things like email archives and iTunes tracks.) This turned out to be a huge hassle, mostly because I had already used the same name for the fresh account on the new mac.

Eventually, after much directory renaming, chmod and chowning, and messing with the Users control panel, I succeeded. Actually, I succeeded too well, Continue reading