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By wiredog (Fri Dec 02, 2016 at 12:13:17 PM EST) (all tags)
Some updates on the New PC

Man, it’s quiet. And fast. Have it set to slow boot, which inserts a 30 second delay before booting so I can decide whether or not I want to hit F2 and do BIOS setup. Then in 15 seconds or so it’s ready for login. Bought a Das Keyboard 4, which is awesome, and a 1TB SATA SSD for the data and temp folders. Total system cost is now approaching $2k.



HFS Explorer (makes HFS volumes readable to a Windows box) works very well, but it resolves symlinks by actually copying the file, rather than creating a Windows link. This can fill up a hard drive really fast, and with paths and file names that are too long for Explorer to cope with. "Disk full", and you can't delete most of the data, because the paths are too long! Long Path Fixer does just what it says on the box. Recommended.

The ImportExport plugin for Thunderbird only imports one mbox file at a time, even if you tell it to import all folders and subfolders. Since I had a few dozen folders and subfolders of email going back to 1999 this took awhile. Still have to fix some names and tweak the organization of the folders a bit.

iTunes ported over almost painlessly. Copied the contents of the Music folder from the Mac to the USB drive, then from there to the Music drive on the Windows box. Installed iTunes and when it started all the music and playlists were there. Since I kept the videos on an external drive those links are all broken. Since that drive is Thunderbolt, and I can't get Windows to see it yet, I haven't been able to fix that issue.

Calibre: Exported (on Mac) the data per the instructions in the faq, imported on Windows per the same instructions, everything is there.

All other documents: Stuff written in Pages and Numbers, exported to Word and Excel respectively, opened in LibreOffice without trouble. Need to unix2dos the other text files.

Using the 1TB SSD for all the My Documents type stuff, and also the temp folders. I'd rather the less expensive SSD get thrashed with lots of writes than the expensive, and smaller, m.2 drive I have the OS and programs on. Also it should be faster, and easier to back up. Or maybe this is a holdover from my Linux days when I put /, /bin, and /sbin on one drive, and everything else on another.

HowTo Move your Windows 10 libraries to a separate drive or partition

To move temp/tmp:
Open Explorer, right click on "This PC", click "Advanced System Settings", then "Environment variables". Create the new temp folder(s) on the new drive before setting the variables.

Thunderbird's user profile tells it where all the data is stored rather than putting it in "Documents" by default. So while just telling the OS where Documents is works for most programs, in Thunderbird you have to edit profiles.ini, which is arguably correct. I hand-edited it in Notepad.

Next/remaining steps: Reformat one of the external drives to a Windows friendly format so I can use it for backups and get a good backup plan and software working. Figure out why Thunderbolt isn't working, or at least not with the drives I have. See if my VMWare license is portable to Windows and fire up the Linux VMs I have. Erase the hard drive on the Mac Mini and see if anyone wants a 5 year old Mac.


In other topics, December is here and the riding season is almost done. If I can get 5 or 6 more days of decent weather I can get to 4500 miles for the year. We're maybe getting snow Friday next week. If I come up <100 miles short of 4500 I will, I dunno, get desperate enough to grab a few miles here and there hoping to make it. Either way, time to eliminate milkshakes and other high sugar/high fat desserts in hopes of keeping the Dreaded Winter Weight Gain tolerably low.
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Nice distance by marvin (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Dec 02, 2016 at 09:40:25 PM EST
I'll only hit half of that in 2016. Is it mostly commuting? I recall you writing about some longer rides.

After work, by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Dec 03, 2016 at 03:23:12 PM EST
and on weekends.

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(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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How much will by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Dec 04, 2016 at 09:12:45 AM EST
You ask for the Mac Mini? You can message me if you prefer.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Probably give it to charity. by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Dec 05, 2016 at 06:48:52 AM EST
It's 5 years old, so probably worth less than the shipping cost.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Heh. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Dec 07, 2016 at 02:49:56 PM EST
I've got a 2008 mini I'd been using as a "home theater" when I was working out in the basement. Last upgraded to have an SSD which gave it quite a speed bump but at this point I can't even remember the last time I booted it.

Also - ended up at 3875 miles, partly because I always stop riding at the end of November, partly because work has been so freaking insane it's managed to drive everything else out of my life.

One customer on a 12 hour time difference is bad enough. 2 is intolerable. 

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So it turns out by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Dec 14, 2016 at 08:40:21 AM EST
that the onboard video, while usable, isn't that great. Got a PNY NVidia GeForce 710 on sale at Beast Buy for $45 and now the graphics are as good as the Mac Mini put out.

Can't use the old Thunderbolt drives with Windows 10 because Seagate doesn't provide drivers. You'd think an external hard drive would be fairly generic... Got a 4TB Seagate BackupPlus (USB 3) for $119. The Seagate backup software is actually fairly decent.

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