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Technology is so cool.

Email Change of Address

4 weeks before we move. I am paralyzed with fear. My personal email address of the past 10 years has to go. Hundreds of email addresses on file with hundreds of sites must be changed.

Why not keep the original email address? Because it is Sympatico.

The country estate has no ADSL high speed service for Sympatico. The only offer from Bell is a 2meg wireless service with a 10gig monthly cap. 45 dollars a month and a dollar fifty for every gig above 10 to a maximum of 30 dollars.

I signed up with a different wireless provider. 7meg downstream and 20gig a month for 44 dollars.

I should have stuck with my own domain email. Which, if you are someone who corresponds with me through the blog, matters not. The email link at the bottom will continue to work just fine.

Bad Drive

I was transferring data from a USB hard drive to a Windows machine. This particular Windows box was running XP. Windows XP decided to crash. In the process, HexP did something to the drive and roughly 40GB of data was no longer accessible.

Formatting the drive was not the way to go. I used Data Doctor Recovery to scan the disk and recover the files. The software has an interesting demo feature. You can scan and see which files can be recovered but you can only recover those files if you pay for the license. At that point the cost of the software would be secondary to the hope of recovering lost files.

Touch

My core team at work knows me pretty well. For my retirement gift they gave me a 32GB iPod Touch. It is a really, really cool device. And now that Apple has opened up WebApps for the device, this little music player with wireless access has got some neat functions.

Cloud Computing

I read an interesting white paper on Privacy In The Clouds. The paper was presented by Ann Cavoukian, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.

She raises concerns about the use of third-parties to host data on the web and the need to adopt identity management.

From her paper:

Our digital footprints and shadows are being gathered together, bit by bit, megabyte by megabyte, terabyte by terabyte, into personas and profiles and avatars — virtual representations of us, in a hundred thousand simultaneous locations. These are used to provide us with extraordinary new services, new conveniences, new efficiencies, and benefits undreamt of by our parents and grandparents. At the same time, novel risks and threats are emerging from this digital cornucopia. Identity fraud and theft are the diseases of the Information Age, along with new forms of discrimination and social engineering made possible by the surfeit of data.

Mac and PC

I used Migration Assistant to move all of my applications and data from my old Mac to the new Mac. And, as expected, everything just works. The new Mac has everything from the old Mac. It took about ten hours to move all the data — roughly 300 Gigabytes — from the old machine.

Then the big test. Running Vista on the new Mac. I downloaded VMWare Fusion for the Mac. I originally intended to use Parallels except that Fusion was getting a lot of great reviews. I can see why. The easy install brought Vista up and running within 30 minutes. I have never installed a Windows operating system from scratch in such a short period of time.

I put up Vista Ultimate and I can either use it in full screen mode where it looks and acts just like a Wintel machine or I can keep it in a window just like any other Mac app.

I can finally ditch the second box in my office. I can run the few apps I still use from my PC on the Mac. The best of both worlds.

So cool. Below is a screen shot of Vista on my Mac desktop.

The Real Decision

I had a number of readers poke me about yesterday’s post on the real decision that is at play. After all, getting a new Mac is hardly worth a long-winded perspective on decision-making frameworks. And I did get the new 3.06Ghz iMac last night. Beautiful machine. Stunning industrial design.

The real decision was obviously more significant than getting a new Mac. The real decision was whether I would run Windows on the new Mac.

In my office I currently run two PCs: a Vista machine that I use for managing my personal finances and a Mac that I use for everything else. The Mac is a great platform with two gaping holes from a software perspective: gaming and personal finance. Quicken and Money on the PC are simply head and shoulders above any Canadianized personal financial management software available on the Mac.

This new Mac is my first Intel-based machine. I can run Parallels and have Windows co-exist on the Mac with little, if any, performance degradation from my current setup. And with one less box, display, keyboard and mouse in the office.

I’m just not sure how to de-activate my current Vista license so that I can install it on the Mac. I guess I will find out. And the ability to have both platforms simultaneously available is quite appealing.

My decision has been made. I will run Windows on the Mac.

There is also another big decision that I made. More on that one next week.

Decision Making

I had made a post on how to make decisions here. And the major decision that I have been wrestling with over the past several weeks has been made. But it was not easy. And I am still having second doubts.

Certain decisions can be made without too much risk. However, this decision was not like that. No. Not at all. And the decision does have significant consequences — potentially for years to come.

The decision was between a new camera, a new bike or a new Mac. After extensive research and many discussions, I have decided to get a new Mac. And even then, I had to decide between an iMac or a Mac Pro.

This was not an easy decision folks. But I think it is the right decision. I need to move off the Power PC platform to a contemporary Intel platform. Photoshop CS3 wants a higher performance CPU and moving up to a 24 inch 3.06GHz iMac is exactly what I need to do right now.

There was another decision that I needed to make but I will let you know about that one tomorrow.