Spring cleaning, but in the autumn…

I’m a big fan of doing a clean install on computers every so often. It clears out orphaned files, little glitches and software that you don’t really need. It generally gives you a leaner, faster streamlined machine.

I never store data for longer than a few days on my machines, they are moved to my server where I have a proper archiving system. You’re asking for trouble keeping data on your main day to day working machine. I have my apps on the boot drive as they can be reinstalled easily.

With all my machines running Lion and being happy about their stability, I decided to do a clean install on my MacBook Pro. This is my main working machine on the road so it was crucial I had a few days clear of news jobs so I wasn’t stuck not being able to file.

Lion is download only so you need to burn a boot DVD before you start. So, the MBP has had it’s SSD drive erased, reformatted and a clean install of Lion.

I’ve taken the opportunity to only install apps that I really use, so it’s Photo Mechanic, Photoshop, Launch2Net, Photo Rescue, Shotput Pro and Final Cut Pro. Basically thats all I need on the road.

The machine is leaner and faster, so well worth it. You really don’t need all those programs you downloaded just to play with.

Obviously your mileage may vary, and don’t try this if you aren’t sure what you are doing. The one thing I will say is, make sure your data is backed up. Get a proper backup strategy in place, you’ll thank me for it.

Apple you’ve lost the plot… :-(

After my huge disappointment with FCPX it’s another moan at Apple. Lion installs ok on my iMac which is my general browsing/mail machine and after playing with it for a while I was happy. It was time for my Mac Pro…

Ok, data is all backed up as expected, but as my Mac Pro has a RAID boot drive, (using Apple’s own RAID software) Lion won’t install, just sits at a login screen. :-(

Groan, I need to reformat my RAID according to Apple, what a joke… Similar problems exist if you use Boot Camp. These are Apple machines with Apple software and it’s not acceptable.

To cap it all, once you download the Lion installer and install it, it self destructs. So now I’m having to download on another machine and make a sneaky boot disk before I install it. :-(

Apple are making things easier for inexperienced users on basic new machines. If you actually know what you are doing, or have a well specced pro machine you’ll have issues. Thankfully that same user will know how to sort it, but it is just another example of Apple dumbing down to the lowest common denominator.

Apple, you were cool when you were the underdog, now you are just turning into Micro$oft… :-(