Today, I’m happy to announce that all’s well that ends well on the new computer front. I am the proud owner of a mid-2010 model iMac, purchased for a mere $200 on Craigslist from a French lawyer who lives on the Upper East Side. It’s a curious deal that a man of my means with so few expenses would do anything but buy a brand new unit. But that’s besides the point. Back in 2002, I did buy a brand new Mac. It was very expensive and ultimately, a poor decision. The machine lasted but five years and has been since followed by two used units purchased at 1/3 the price, both of which performed much more admirably than the new joint.
As we all know, purchasing a new computer presents a set of challenges associated with replacing software (hopefully free or cheap) that is often old but superior to the new versions. Such was my issue with respect to Photoshop and Garageband. I do not like or want the new versions having seen and tested both. Could I somehow load my new computer with that old software? And would my spanking new Mac High Sierra OS even support the old programs?
Well, at the outset, I had my fears. For literally hours (on Sunday), I researched and researched on Google with poor results. For some reason (like I’m an idiot), I decided not to utilize the Migration Assistant on my Macs. It seemed like I needed a cord I did not own to effectively use the tool. So I tried to piece-meal it – one program at a time. Which didn’t work. I was getting error messages. And when I tried to play the old Garageband tracks in the new version I successfully downloaded, they were a mess. This was getting critical. And I hadn’t even tried to get my older version of Photoshop loaded!
Somehow…some way…I finally found a post which made transferring my entire old Mac into my new one with the simple-to-use Migration Assistant and an ethernet cable (of which I have many) sound easy. And so…I rigged it up…hit the button…and two hours later, voila! Everything on the old Mac was on the new one. I had the old Photoshop, Garageband, and all my files intact. All I needed to do was reset my passwords, a few of which I actually remembered. The only ones I failed to reproduce were for Pornhub and TNA. And who gives a shit about those two, really?
Thus, I now resemble Donald Trump what with sitting in a chair faced with not one – but two monitors (one of which is actually unplugged and not in use – but you get the idea). For $200, I have a “new” computer which won’t be obsolete for many years (given that it supports the latest Apple operating system), and a spare tire (in the form of the old Mac which still works but is just a tad dim) in case I encounter a problem with the new. The old one can effectively double as a time machine backup as well…as I use very little of my hard drives what with downloading no music or films.
What a total victory. With two functioning desktops Macs, two functioning Windows laptops, and a tablet, I am one equipped and up-to-date mother fucker. Ain’t no stoppin’ me now.