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Goodbye to all that

Wednesday 9th April, 2014

Sometime this evening, hopefully, I’ll be successfully installing bootcamp and Windows 7 on my MacBook Air. I originally bought it with a 256Gb SSD specifically for the purpose of running a dual (or possible triple boot) laptop, but up until now have managed to get away without it.

It’s an 11-inch, Mid 2011 model, and not to shabby for 3 years old. However, after the latest #explorerIsEssentiallyPants episode, it’s time to roll-up the sleeves and get it done.

Why the title? Well, I have no faith in backups when it comes to system level non-essential re-installs, strangely, and a large amount of what my pass for cruft, but is actually bloody useful stuff, has accumulated on the internal drive. By which I mean perl, python, ruby installs, helper apps, bash scripts, command line tools, fonts, Hazel scripts, TextExpander stuff, ad nauseum.

One has some faith in the DropBox/iCloud/SimpleNote crew, but as always one must rely on the old faithful SuperDuper and some heavy duty double Drobo protection.

Once it’s all back and working, I’ll hopefully be able to post the usual “what-I-wish-I’d-remembered-to-do-before-the-reinstall” type nonsense. It’s almost a genre in itself.

Wish me luck.