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This is the time of year when we all resolve to change and improve in one way or another. This is my list of resolutions:
  1. I resolve to be more faithful in my backups. Yes, I have Time Machine running, and I also have automated backups of my data files and home directory, but I’m talking about my bootable clone. Back when I had my infamous G5 iMac that made a couple of extended visits to the repair shop, I was able to run my MacBook (which had none of my husband’s business files) from the iMac’s clone backup and still handle all business correspondence seamlessly. When the iMac returned from repairs, I cloned the contents of the external back to the internal drive and never missed a document or file change.
  2. I resolve to be more diligent in cleaning out and eliminating dumb apps that have found their way to my iPad and iPod touch. You’d be surprised how much space those things can hog. If you’re like me, you grab those free apps that look interesting but later turn out to be duds. If you’re not going to use it, get rid of it. And don’t just uninstall it from your iGizmo. Go to iTunes, right-click on the app, and follow the prompt to delete it. Send it to the trash. Be done with it. I usually forget to do that until I’m checking for updates and there are 6 apps that I never use that want to update.
  3. And speaking of iTunes, how clogged is your laptop drive. Laptop computers have always had limited drive space compared to desktop units. If you keep movies or TV episodes on your laptop, you might be surprised by the amount of space you are losing to those video files. If you have videos that you probably won’t watch again, archive them on an external drive or on your main computer, but get them off that little laptop drive. I hate to admit this, but I’ve managed to accumulate almost 200 GB of video files on my main computer. Not counting stuff that has been archived onto an external.
This should get you started. I know I have my work cut out for me. Happy New Year to all.
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