2010 is clearly the year of upgrades.
I’m not a big cell phone user – I only use my cell phone for voice calls, no texts or emails and certainly no apps. I’ve had a trusty Razor (Motorola RAZR V3) for about four years now, and have been very happy with it. I had no plans on “upgrading” anytime soon.
For Christmas two of my best friends purchased an iPhone gift card for me and so I decided maybe now was the time to upgrade. My wife and kids were already on iPhones and Blackberrys, so how bad could it be?
I received my iPhone (3Gs 16GB) a few days ago and must admit if I had some spare time it does look pretty slick. The thought of having my music, photos, contacts, and easy access to emails and the web is quite interesting, not to mention all the cool apps that are available.
So far I have just synced up my iTunes and Outlook. I have not really customized it – my son offers every day to help me. I’m quite sure when I finally give into the potential I’ll be as wild about it as everyone else.
I’m not 100% sure having access to all the things that remind me of work all the time is a good thing, but we will see. You have to admit we’ve come a long way from my little Moto.
I recently upgraded my development PC to a Dell Quad Core T3500 and in the process went from Windows XP to Windows 7. Upgrading is always a painful experience because I have installed so much software over the years, and getting it all to work on a new platform can take months. I took the opportunity to upgrade most of the core tools that I use and thought it would be revealing to list them here:
- Windows 7
- Office 2007
- Firefox 3.5
- SlickEdit 14, (with Vi bindings of course!)
- SecureCRT 6.5
- WS_FTP 12 Professional
- ActiveState ActivePerl 5.10
- ActiveState ActivePython 3.1
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 9.0
- COAST Webmaster 4.1 (yes ten years old now, and Coast are no longer around)
- ULEAD PhotoImpact 12
- Adobe PhotoShop Elements 8
- MKS Toolkit
Many more random packages to add, but these at least allow me to work. So far I have been very happy with my upgrade. What I find interesting is that every 3 years I buy a new machine and it always seems to cost around three grand. Why is that?
If you have ever tried to move iTunes from one computer to another and at the same time change the drive or location where your store your music files – good luck! It is amazing to think that for such a sophisticated company as Apple there is no easy way to do this. Things get worse if you don’t let apple automatically rename files for you. There are a number of systems that are designed to restore from your iPod (e.g. MediaWidget and CopyTrans) however these also rename your files.
I have only used iTunes for a couple of years and before that had many years of using other systems where I chose a different file naming strategy to one provided by iTunes. The last thing I want to do when I recently upgraded my PC was to change all of the names.
After a lot of trial and error and with some less than fruitful web searches I came up with this approach that worked perfectly for me. It is from a PC running XP to a PC running Windows 7. It assumes that you have shared both the music and iTunes folders from your old PC to your new PC and have turned off iTunes on both PC’s.
- Copy your music folder from your old PC to your new PC. For me this was from:
\\oldmachine\c\My Music to F:\My Music.
- Copy your old itunes directory from your old PC to your new PC. For me this was from:
\\oldmachine\c\My Music\iTunes to C:\Users\andy\Music\iTunes.
- Empty the iTunes Library.itl by typing:
copy /Y nul “iTunes Library.itl”
- Edit the “iTunes Music Library.xml” file by globally replacing the old location with the new location.
- Turn on iTunes on the new PC. It will complain about the .itl file being corrupted and rebuild from the .xml.
At the end of this process you should be back in business and your playlists, ratings, play counts, etc. should all be restored.
The end of my Eudora years? I never thought I’d see it happen, but I guess all good things must come to an end. I felt some sadness as I imported over 111,000 emails all the way back to 1997 into Outlook. So the first thing I did was change the email notification sound to the familiar Eudora one, as a reminder of simpler times.
I’ll miss those Chilli peppers!