and how I use Cloud storage.

TODO

Since the Dropbox price hike, there is some pressure to move away.

  • Pro’s
    • Existing solution which ‘just works’
    • Can install on /Volumes/USB etc
    • No file ‘stubs’, always all the files.
  • Con’s
    • Cost
    • No-longer able to stream directly - so Audio less useful
    • 1Password needs it (But I could still use the free account)

Also… should I move from the Synology NAS to the MacMini as the way I can run BackBlaze, PiHole, Roon etc

c.f.


Large replacememt monitor - http://www.digitaltrends.com/monitor-reviews/samsung-cf791-review/ http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/dell-u3417w-monitor

Also, home network.

Also available for windows

So, I guess the question is should I keep to the Mac or consider my options. Apple does appear to be depreciatin the desktop Mac’s in favour of the MacBook Pro but that deosn’t fit with my general usage pattern.

If I’m not going to contiunue iOS app development then do I keep to keep Mac? The HP Elite Slice Desktop looks rather nice, rather like what a Mac Mini should be.

No, the Z2 mini, also HP is the puppies.

Install

  • Etcher to write SD Cards for RaspPI etc
  • Amethyst A tiling window manager for macOS, recommended by ToM

Installed Apps

  • iTerm 2
  • Visual Studio Code
  • TypeScript
  • Ruby /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
  • Homebrew
    • brew install carthage
    • brew install wget
    • brew install gron
    • brew install node
    • npm install -g typescript

    • Then brew update/upgrade/cleanup

    • brew doctor
    • brew update
  • sudo gem update
  • sudo easy_install Markdoc
  • sudo easy_install pip

Some software I always install on my Mac

    3  brew install xcpretty
    4  gem install xcpretty
    6  pip install Markdoc
    7  easy_install Markdoc

   27  cd /Users/rik/Dropbox/Projects/Content\ Blockers/Third\ Party\ Applications
   28  find . -name "*.json"
   29  cat 3.3/Payload/Umbra.app/blockerListJavascript.json
   30  cat ./Umbra\ 3.3/Payload/Umbra.app/blockerListJavascript.json

   36  find . -name "*jenkins*"

   78  This is quite a nice Heroku / Fastlane toy for onboarding beta testers - https://elements.heroku.com/buttons/fastlane

  105  cd /Users/rik/Dropbox/Projects/_ASSETS\ for\ Konductor_/UPnAtom-master/Examples/ControlPointDemoMacOS_Swift

  107   sudo gem install cocoapods
  108   sudo gem install cocoapods
  109   gem install activesupport -v 4.2.6
  110   sudo gem install activesupport -v 4.2.6
  111   sudo gem install cocoapods

  114  pod install

  116  open ControlPointDemo.xcodeproj
  117  open ControlPointDemo.xcworkspace


  123  cd /Users/rik/Desktop/Reachability.swift-master
  124  pod update
  125  cd ReachabilitySample/
  126  pod update

After installing Xcode -

sudo xcode-select --install

Homebrew

npm install -g newman
npm install -g typescript
sudo gem update gym
sudo gem update fastlane

Show hidden files in Finder

Then Options + finder icon -> restart

or how I setup my new Mac Mini.

or how I will setup the new iMac.

The iMac should last for a good few years, so best to upspec it.

Go with:

  • 1Tb SSD
  • 4GHz Quad i7
  • 5K

This iMac has:

  • 4x USB3
  • SD Card reader
  • 2x Thunderbolt 2

This will give me an extreamly fast PC suitable for just about everything.

Would like to move away from using a noisy Drobo etc and not use it for Roon (Except as a remote).

Connectivity

  • 64Gb USB3 stick for downloads / transient stuff.
  • Meridian / Schiit for audio
  • Timemachine - currently on Drobo, what about an external 2Tb disk?
  • Audio ripping ? BluRay drive
  • Microsoft mouse - I’m finding the Apple Bluetooth mouse OK

As we won’t be holding audio on this PC what do I do about $/Music & the 4Tb disk ?

To consider

USB connectivity etc

USB: Keyboard + mouse are bluetooth

TODO

  • BluRay Recorder = Samsung SE506 AB, Use Verbatim or HTL [High To Low] (40 Year) disks
  • USB 3 Hub, There is a nice 7 port on my Amazon wish list (appears to work with OS-X).
  • A quiet 10 key less keyboard

Monitor

  • Marco uses a HP ZR30w, I’ll stick with a 27” Dell for now.

Connectivity

FW800 LaCie 2Big RAID for TimeMachine.

USB3.1 Headphones USB3.2 iPhone USB3.3 1Tb LaCie SuperDuper USB3.4 Occasional iPad

Thunderbolt Future expansion

Wifi off

Ethernet LAN

Xcode 5 nvAlt MacVim .profile

MBA Activities

Dot files ,profile .vimrc Create a dot_files folder & symlink

Also a script to do the links

ToDo

  • Backblaze

Philosopy

I would like a minimal Mac, with only the essential applications installed. If there is a reasonable built in app, then I’ll use that in preference to whatever else is on offer.

Applications

OS-X normally stores apps in system & users (~/Applications), it may be nice to store some apps in DropBox (If not run often / small) & drop a symlink in place to Dropbox/Applications.

Installed

None App Store, Download

Under Consideration

  • AppVis2, copy the ~/Library/Application Support/AppViz 2 file to the same place on the new machine.
    • http://www.amarkulo.com/appviz-on-more-than-one-mac-no-problem/
  • 1Password, Bought, but is it (mainly) obsoleted by iCloud KeyChain?
  • BackBlaze

Fonts

Are stored in ~/Library/Fonts, only extra font is SourceCode Pro

Quicklook


Old notes and thoughts on a new Mac

SSD : Fastest / PCPro recommended is Samsung 840 Pro (256Gb / �170), there is also a 512Gb for �380. Don’t need 512Gb as will always use external Thunderbold disk (Mirrored) for Dropbox storage (Which will expand to include ALL photos.

LCD monitor is Dell UltraSharp U2913WM 29” LED.

But what?

Was thinking a MacBook Pro Retina with min 256Gb SSD. But what about a MacBook Pro, none Retina, with anti-reflective display. Can quite cheaply add 16Gb RAM and an SSD (Or two).

Chepest option is to get MBP with “big enough” spindle disk & move to SSD in a month or two. Should get RAM immediatly (As it’s faster than an SSD anyway!).

This 960Gb SSD is what I will use.


New Mac

iMac MacBook Pro Retina Mac Mini

The issue with the mini is the I would need to keep the old MBA which is worth �750 ish.

MacBook is 1450 with 256 SSD. iMac is rather lovely but I would prefer a really widescreen and the flexibility the Pro provides. Also Pro is only �750 after sale of MBA taken into account.

Pro = 2x Thunderbolt, 2x USB3 & hdmi.


A 27” iMac

With 3Tb Drive, probably not Fusion because of issues with drive failures.

3Tb split as follows (‘ish).

250 Gb for system + ‘own’ Dropbox files

1Tb for Aperture photos

1.5Tb for music.

25,000 tracks is

  • 750Gb ALAC
  • 100Gb mp3 @128kbs

See audio for more notes on this. But 100Gb is > 250 CDs.


Or perhaps a MacBook Pro. The main issue would be the SSD cost from 256Gb upto 512Gb. The majority of this storage would be taken up with Aperture Photos.

Cost for a 15” MBP, 8Gb RAM 256 SSD = 1,800; 512 SSD = 2,050.


Mac Mini

Why do I need a new PC

  1. Starting to run Aperture slowly with large RAW files.
  2. 256Gb SSD is getting full.
  3. Is 4Gb RAM enough?
  4. External USB2 drives are getting a little (lot) flakey.

What about a base 13” Retina Pro (With max RAM though)? 1,450 with 256Gb SSD. Expanding that upto 512Gb SSD really does make sense. (For 240GBP).

Laptop or desktop

I really would like a seriously large monitor (27” or so).

The desktop isn’t able to follow me around.

I like having everything in Dropbox. Should I use selective syncing on Mac and store Aperture files on ReadyNAS/Dropbox exclusivly?

I want to move to the cloud - so should I force myself to stay at 256Gb? This would certainly save some cash. More Aperture to external SSD & backup (A lot). Would need a VIGEROUS backup schedule - could use n x 512Gb Rugged disks, which I’d ship to Rob / Sage.


MacBook Air

Overview

What to install and to do on the MacBook Air

Other setups

Hackintosh Essential Mac

Future Upgrades

Obviously it would be nice to have / use one of the Apple 27” monitors but we need a Mac capable of driving a Display Port. So either wait for a 11” Air or go towards a Mac Mini & let’s face it the new Mini looks rather nice. But then we are in the two computers camp which isn’t good - or nice.

So we have three options:

  • MBA + 27”
  • Mac Mini + 27” + MBA
  • 27” iMac + MBA

My ‘ideal-world’ senario is a 11” MBA with 8Gb RAM [For VMs]. I could then have an external break out box with ethernet, USB, DVI ext - happily pay 150 for one of these. And I could use my beloved monitor.

The 27” monitor is certainly the nicest option to use. One cable & a nice monior etc.

SSD

I should investigate the OWC�s 6G SSD upgrade if I get another MBA, it could be a significant cost saving & a lot faster to boot.

USB2 hub

Need a simple. but fast 7 port USB 2 hub. This will be mounted under the desk & power the following items

  1. Keyboard + mouse [No, use bluetooth]
  2. Ethernet adapter
  3. Full backup disk
  4. TimeMachine backup disk [No, use ReadyNAS]
  5. iPhone
  6. iPad
  7. Spare [Kindle / USB Stick etc]
  8. USB Audio Device / Headphones

What do I REALLY need?

If the 4 disk bay device works then I can use the following.

  1. iPod / iPad / Kindle / wp7 - it is quite unlikely that I’ll need more than one at a time.
  2. Headphones
  3. Ethernet
  4. 4x Disks
  5. Mouse

What about having an external iTunes disk? This could act as a backup of the media held on the ReadyNAS. Would need to be big, fast & RAID.

Could even have this as the master with some clever copying etc. Ths would alleviate the need to have a Mac Mini all together.

Do I use the hub which is built into to monitor - my gut reaction is no. Only 4 port.

Disk Usage & Backup Stratergy [TODO]

iTunes & iPhoto

These are both high storage applications. I should move them both to the external LaCie Little Big Disk. This will provide reasonably fast access via RAID 1 (Striping). Existing disk is > 512Gb so should provide sufficient storage for the short term. Can move / larger to faster EN spec 3.5” disk over time.

Backups

We have two different, complementary backup stratergies detailed below. I guess we should use separate disks for each.

TimeMachine

Just needs to match the disk size of the SSD + Little big, 256+6xxGB so < 1Tb.

Carbon Copy Clone

Ideally should be a little larger to allow for previous versions. I guess that 1Tb will do for now.

Could use the spare RAID storage box I’ve got with 2x1Tb but to configure for JBOD? Hide it under the desk!

So. that’s it grab a couple of 1Tb disks & we’re off.

What about using Dolly Drive? $10/month for 250Gb looks quite reasonable - and easy. No - fail - probably a nice service but doesn’t play nice in my environment.

  • TimeMachine backups to ReadyNAS: FAIL, sorry just too slow as MBA insists on using Wi-Fi
  • Full disk backups (clones) to external self powered 2.5” disk

Requirements

Markdown VOX JdiskReport TuneUp

Resources

Using & extending Rhino - see Developer Works

  • Android sdk
  • Acorn3 - done

Dashboard for SimpleNotes

Handbrake DVD Ripping

To Be Installed

Installed

  • http://www.backblaze.com/
  • ClickToFlash
  • Rdio
  • Transmit -> Amazon S3 A/c
  • FolderWatch App.
  • XCode 4
  • Acorn 3

In the future I should use a (small) Win7 VM to rdp to everywhere. This could live on a SD / USB card if needed.


So, I guess the question is should I keep to the Mac or consider my options. Apple does appear to be depreciatin the desktop Mac’s in favour of the MacBook Pro but that deosn’t fit with my general usage pattern.

If I’m not going to contiunue iOS app development then do I keep to keep Mac? The HP Elite Slice Desktop looks rather nice, rather like what a Mac Mini should be.

TODO

Install

  • Etcher to write SD Cards for RaspPI etc

Installed Apps

The iMac should last for a good few years, so best to upspec it.

Go with:

  • 1Tb SSD
  • 4GHz Quad i7
  • 5K

This iMac has:

  • 4x USB3
  • SD Card reader
  • 2x Thunderbolt 2

This will give me an extreamly fast PC suitable for just about everything.

Would like to move away from using a noisy Drobo etc and not use it for Roon (Except as a remote).

Connectivity

  • 64Gb USB3 stick for downloads / transient stuff.
  • Meridian / Schiit for audio
  • Timemachine - currently on Drobo, what about an external 2Tb disk?
  • Audio ripping ? BluRay drive
  • Microsoft mouse - I’m finding the Apple Bluetooth mouse OK

As we won’t be holding audio on this PC what do I do about $/Music & the 4Tb disk ?

To consider

USB connectivity etc

USB: Keyboard + mouse are bluetooth

TODO

  • BluRay Recorder = Samsung SE506 AB, Use Verbatim or HTL [High To Low] (40 Year) disks
  • USB 3 Hub, There is a nice 7 port on my Amazon wish list (appears to work with OS-X).
  • A quiet 10 key less keyboard

Monitor

  • Marco uses a HP ZR30w, I’ll stick with a 27” Dell for now.

Connectivity

FW800 LaCie 2Big RAID for TimeMachine.

USB3.1 Headphones USB3.2 iPhone USB3.3 1Tb LaCie SuperDuper USB3.4 Occasional iPad

Thunderbolt Future expansion

Wifi off

Ethernet LAN

Xcode 5 nvAlt MacVim .profile

MBA Activities

Dot files ,profile .vimrc Create a dot_files folder & symlink

Also a script to do the links

Philosopy

I would like a minimal Mac, with only the essential applications installed. If there is a reasonable built in app, then I’ll use that in preference to whatever else is on offer.

Applications

OS-X normally stores apps in system & users (~/Applications), it may be nice to store some apps in DropBox (If not run often / small) & drop a symlink in place to Dropbox/Applications.

Installed

None App Store, DVD

  • Aperture 3

None App Store, Download

  • dropbox Enough Said
  • Menu Meters from Raging Menace (Hides in the preferences page)
  • X-Code 5, preview
  • QuickLook plugins for everything!
  • vlc

Under Consideration

  • AppVis2, copy the ~/Library/Application Support/AppViz 2 file to the same place on the new machine.
    • http://www.amarkulo.com/appviz-on-more-than-one-mac-no-problem/
  • 1Password, Bought, but is it (mainly) obsoleted by iCloud KeyChain?
  • BackBlaze

Fonts

Are stored in ~/Library/Fonts, only extra font is SourceCode Pro

Quicklook

Extensions are stored in ~/Library/Quicklook.

TODO

QLMarkdown

  1. Download the latest release by clicking here.
  2. Extract it somewhere temporarily and copy the QLMarkdown.qlgenerator file into ~/Library/QuickLook (you may need to create this directory).
  3. Relaunch Finder by alt+right-clicking on the icon in the dock and selecting the option at the bottom.

    $ brew cask install qlcolorcode qlstephen qlmarkdown quicklook-json qlprettypatch quicklook-csv betterzipql qlimagesize webpquicklook suspicious-package

Also consider http://fletcherpenney.net/2011/02/multimarkdown_quicklook_generators, http://hiltmon.com/blog/2012/03/22/markdown-quick-look/ & http://brettterpstra.com/2012/03/19/multimarkdown-quick-look-with-style/.


Old notes and thoughts on a new Mac

SSD : Fastest / PCPro recommended is Samsung 840 Pro (256Gb / �170), there is also a 512Gb for �380. Don’t need 512Gb as will always use external Thunderbold disk (Mirrored) for Dropbox storage (Which will expand to include ALL photos.

LCD monitor is Dell UltraSharp U2913WM 29” LED.

But what?

Was thinking a MacBook Pro Retina with min 256Gb SSD. But what about a MacBook Pro, none Retina, with anti-reflective display. Can quite cheaply add 16Gb RAM and an SSD (Or two).

Chepest option is to get MBP with “big enough” spindle disk & move to SSD in a month or two. Should get RAM immediatly (As it’s faster than an SSD anyway!).

This 960Gb SSD is what I will use.


New Mac

iMac MacBook Pro Retina Mac Mini

The issue with the mini is the I would need to keep the old MBA which is worth �750 ish.

MacBook is 1450 with 256 SSD. iMac is rather lovely but I would prefer a really widescreen and the flexibility the Pro provides. Also Pro is only �750 after sale of MBA taken into account.

Pro = 2x Thunderbolt, 2x USB3 & hdmi.


A 27” iMac

With 3Tb Drive, probably not Fusion because of issues with drive failures.

3Tb split as follows (‘ish).

250 Gb for system + ‘own’ Dropbox files

1Tb for Aperture photos

1.5Tb for music.

25,000 tracks is

  • 750Gb ALAC
  • 100Gb mp3 @128kbs

See audio for more notes on this. But 100Gb is > 250 CDs.


Or perhaps a MacBook Pro. The main issue would be the SSD cost from 256Gb upto 512Gb. The majority of this storage would be taken up with Aperture Photos.

Cost for a 15” MBP, 8Gb RAM 256 SSD = 1,800; 512 SSD = 2,050.


Mac Mini

Why do I need a new PC

  1. Starting to run Aperture slowly with large RAW files.
  2. 256Gb SSD is getting full.
  3. Is 4Gb RAM enough?
  4. External USB2 drives are getting a little (lot) flakey.

What about a base 13” Retina Pro (With max RAM though)? 1,450 with 256Gb SSD. Expanding that upto 512Gb SSD really does make sense. (For 240GBP).

Laptop or desktop

I really would like a seriously large monitor (27” or so).

The desktop isn’t able to follow me around.

I like having everything in Dropbox. Should I use selective syncing on Mac and store Aperture files on ReadyNAS/Dropbox exclusivly?

I want to move to the cloud - so should I force myself to stay at 256Gb? This would certainly save some cash. More Aperture to external SSD & backup (A lot). Would need a VIGEROUS backup schedule - could use n x 512Gb Rugged disks, which I’d ship to Rob / Sage.

My next PC will be a Mac Mini 1Tb + (extra) 512 SSD, upgraded to 16Gb RAM.

Could start by installing the minimalsever Java server from the Linn forums.

  • Power up Mac Mini - more RAM ? Fit SSD ?

About SSD TRIM, also Trim support in Lion. Not relavent fo Apple SSDs.


MacBook Air

Overview

What to install and to do on the MacBook Air

Other setups

Hackintosh Essential Mac

Future Upgrades

Obviously it would be nice to have / use one of the Apple 27” monitors but we need a Mac capable of driving a Display Port. So either wait for a 11” Air or go towards a Mac Mini & let’s face it the new Mini looks rather nice. But then we are in the two computers camp which isn’t good - or nice.

So we have three options:

  • MBA + 27”
  • Mac Mini + 27” + MBA
  • 27” iMac + MBA

My ‘ideal-world’ senario is a 11” MBA with 8Gb RAM [For VMs]. I could then have an external break out box with ethernet, USB, DVI ext - happily pay 150 for one of these. And I could use my beloved monitor.

The 27” monitor is certainly the nicest option to use. One cable & a nice monior etc.

SSD

I should investigate the OWC�s 6G SSD upgrade if I get another MBA, it could be a significant cost saving & a lot faster to boot.

USB2 hub

Need a simple. but fast 7 port USB 2 hub. This will be mounted under the desk & power the following items

  1. Keyboard + mouse [No, use bluetooth]
  2. Ethernet adapter
  3. Full backup disk
  4. TimeMachine backup disk [No, use ReadyNAS]
  5. iPhone
  6. iPad
  7. Spare [Kindle / USB Stick etc]
  8. USB Audio Device / Headphones

What do I REALLY need?

If the 4 disk bay device works then I can use the following.

  1. iPod / iPad / Kindle / wp7 - it is quite unlikely that I’ll need more than one at a time.
  2. Headphones
  3. Ethernet
  4. 4x Disks
  5. Mouse

What about having an external iTunes disk? This could act as a backup of the media held on the ReadyNAS. Would need to be big, fast & RAID.

Could even have this as the master with some clever copying etc. Ths would alleviate the need to have a Mac Mini all together.

Do I use the hub which is built into to monitor - my gut reaction is no. Only 4 port.

Disk Usage & Backup Stratergy [TODO]

iTunes & iPhoto

These are both high storage applications. I should move them both to the external LaCie Little Big Disk. This will provide reasonably fast access via RAID 1 (Striping). Existing disk is > 512Gb so should provide sufficient storage for the short term. Can move / larger to faster EN spec 3.5” disk over time.

Backups

We have two different, complementary backup stratergies detailed below. I guess we should use separate disks for each.

TimeMachine

Just needs to match the disk size of the SSD + Little big, 256+6xxGB so < 1Tb.

Carbon Copy Clone

Ideally should be a little larger to allow for previous versions. I guess that 1Tb will do for now.

Could use the spare RAID storage box I’ve got with 2x1Tb but to configure for JBOD? Hide it under the desk!

So. that’s it grab a couple of 1Tb disks & we’re off.

What about using Dolly Drive? $10/month for 250Gb looks quite reasonable - and easy. No - fail - probably a nice service but doesn’t play nice in my environment.

  • TimeMachine backups to ReadyNAS: FAIL, sorry just too slow as MBA insists on using Wi-Fi
  • Full disk backups (clones) to external self powered 2.5” disk

Requirements

Markdown VOX JdiskReport TuneUp

Resources

Using & extending Rhino - see Developer Works

To Be Installed

Installed

  • http://www.backblaze.com/
  • ClickToFlash
  • Rdio
  • Transmit -> Amazon S3 A/c
  • FolderWatch App.
  • XCode 4
  • Acorn 3

In the future I should use a (small) Win7 VM to rdp to everywhere. This could live on a SD / USB card if needed.


My Sweet Mac Setup

or how I setup my new Mac Mini.

To consider

USB connectivity etc

I can attach the LaCie 2big in JBOD mode to use for 1. Stand alone backup 2. occasional TimeMachine

USB: Keyboard + mouse are bluetooth

TODO

  • BluRay Recorder = Samsung SE506 AB, Use Verbatim or HTL [High To Low] (40 Year) disks
  • USB 3 Hub, There is a nice 7 port on my Amazon wish list (appears to work with OS-X).
  • A quiet 10 key less keyboard

Monitor

  • Marco uses a HP ZR30w, I’ll stick with a 27” Dell for now.

Connectivity

FW800 LaCie 2Big RAID for TimeMachine.

USB3.1 Headphones USB3.2 iPhone USB3.3 1Tb LaCie SuperDuper USB3.4 Occasional iPad

Thunderbolt Future expansion

Wifi off

Ethernet LAN

Xcode 5 nvAlt MacVim .profile

MBA Activities

Dot files ,profile .vimrc Create a dot_files folder & symlink

Also a script to do the links

TODO

  • Backblaze

Philosopy

I would like a minimal Mac, with only the essential applications installed. If there is a reasonable built in app, then I’ll use that in preference to whatever else is on offer.

Applications

OS-X normally stores apps in system & users (~/Applications), it may be nice to store some apps in DropBox (If not run often / small) & drop a symlink in place to Dropbox/Applications.

Installed

None App Store, Download

  • dropbox Enough Said
  • Menu Meters from Raging Menace (Hides in the preferences page)
  • X-Code 5, preview
  • QuickLook plugins for everything!
  • vlc

Under Consideration

  • AppVis2, copy the ~/Library/Application Support/AppViz 2 file to the same place on the new machine.
    • http://www.amarkulo.com/appviz-on-more-than-one-mac-no-problem/
  • 1Password, Bought, but is it (mainly) obsoleted by iCloud KeyChain?
  • BackBlaze

Fonts

Are stored in ~/Library/Fonts, only extra font is SourceCode Pro

Quicklook

Extensions are stored in ~/Library/Quicklook.

TODO

QLMarkdown

  1. Download the latest release by clicking here.
  2. Extract it somewhere temporarily and copy the QLMarkdown.qlgenerator file into ~/Library/QuickLook (you may need to create this directory).
  3. Relaunch Finder by alt+right-clicking on the icon in the dock and selecting the option at the bottom.

Also consider http://fletcherpenney.net/2011/02/multimarkdown_quicklook_generators, http://hiltmon.com/blog/2012/03/22/markdown-quick-look/ & http://brettterpstra.com/2012/03/19/multimarkdown-quick-look-with-style/.


Old notes and thoughts on a new Mac

SSD : Fastest / PCPro recommended is Samsung 840 Pro (256Gb / �170), there is also a 512Gb for �380. Don’t need 512Gb as will always use external Thunderbold disk (Mirrored) for Dropbox storage (Which will expand to include ALL photos.

LCD monitor is Dell UltraSharp U2913WM 29” LED.

But what?

Was thinking a MacBook Pro Retina with min 256Gb SSD. But what about a MacBook Pro, none Retina, with anti-reflective display. Can quite cheaply add 16Gb RAM and an SSD (Or two).

Chepest option is to get MBP with “big enough” spindle disk & move to SSD in a month or two. Should get RAM immediatly (As it’s faster than an SSD anyway!).

This 960Gb SSD is what I will use.


New Mac

iMac MacBook Pro Retina Mac Mini

The issue with the mini is the I would need to keep the old MBA which is worth �750 ish.

MacBook is 1450 with 256 SSD. iMac is rather lovely but I would prefer a really widescreen and the flexibility the Pro provides. Also Pro is only �750 after sale of MBA taken into account.

Pro = 2x Thunderbolt, 2x USB3 & hdmi.


A 27” iMac

With 3Tb Drive, probably not Fusion because of issues with drive failures.

3Tb split as follows (‘ish).

250 Gb for system + ‘own’ Dropbox files

1Tb for Aperture photos

1.5Tb for music.

25,000 tracks is

  • 750Gb ALAC
  • 100Gb mp3 @128kbs

See audio for more notes on this. But 100Gb is > 250 CDs.


Or perhaps a MacBook Pro. The main issue would be the SSD cost from 256Gb upto 512Gb. The majority of this storage would be taken up with Aperture Photos.

Cost for a 15” MBP, 8Gb RAM 256 SSD = 1,800; 512 SSD = 2,050.


Mac Mini

Why do I need a new PC

  1. Starting to run Aperture slowly with large RAW files.
  2. 256Gb SSD is getting full.
  3. Is 4Gb RAM enough?
  4. External USB2 drives are getting a little (lot) flakey.

What about a base 13” Retina Pro (With max RAM though)? 1,450 with 256Gb SSD. Expanding that upto 512Gb SSD really does make sense. (For 240GBP).

Laptop or desktop

I really would like a seriously large monitor (27” or so).

The desktop isn’t able to follow me around.

I like having everything in Dropbox. Should I use selective syncing on Mac and store Aperture files on ReadyNAS/Dropbox exclusivly?

I want to move to the cloud - so should I force myself to stay at 256Gb? This would certainly save some cash. More Aperture to external SSD & backup (A lot). Would need a VIGEROUS backup schedule - could use n x 512Gb Rugged disks, which I’d ship to Rob / Sage.

My next PC will be a Mac Mini 1Tb + (extra) 512 SSD, upgraded to 16Gb RAM.

Could start by installing the minimalsever Java server from the Linn forums.

  • Power up Mac Mini - more RAM ? Fit SSD ?

About SSD TRIM, also Trim support in Lion. Not relavent fo Apple SSDs.


MacBook Air

Overview

What to install and to do on the MacBook Air

Other setups

Hackintosh Essential Mac

Future Upgrades

Obviously it would be nice to have / use one of the Apple 27” monitors but we need a Mac capable of driving a Display Port. So either wait for a 11” Air or go towards a Mac Mini & let’s face it the new Mini looks rather nice. But then we are in the two computers camp which isn’t good - or nice.

So we have three options:

  • MBA + 27”
  • Mac Mini + 27” + MBA
  • 27” iMac + MBA

My ‘ideal-world’ senario is a 11” MBA with 8Gb RAM [For VMs]. I could then have an external break out box with ethernet, USB, DVI ext - happily pay 150 for one of these. And I could use my beloved monitor.

The 27” monitor is certainly the nicest option to use. One cable & a nice monior etc.

SSD

I should investigate the OWC�s 6G SSD upgrade if I get another MBA, it could be a significant cost saving & a lot faster to boot.

USB2 hub

Need a simple. but fast 7 port USB 2 hub. This will be mounted under the desk & power the following items

  1. Keyboard + mouse [No, use bluetooth]
  2. Ethernet adapter
  3. Full backup disk
  4. TimeMachine backup disk [No, use ReadyNAS]
  5. iPhone
  6. iPad
  7. Spare [Kindle / USB Stick etc]
  8. USB Audio Device / Headphones

What do I REALLY need?

If the 4 disk bay device works then I can use the following.

  1. iPod / iPad / Kindle / wp7 - it is quite unlikely that I’ll need more than one at a time.
  2. Headphones
  3. Ethernet
  4. 4x Disks
  5. Mouse

What about having an external iTunes disk? This could act as a backup of the media held on the ReadyNAS. Would need to be big, fast & RAID.

Could even have this as the master with some clever copying etc. Ths would alleviate the need to have a Mac Mini all together.

Do I use the hub which is built into to monitor - my gut reaction is no. Only 4 port.

Disk Usage & Backup Stratergy [TODO]

iTunes & iPhoto

These are both high storage applications. I should move them both to the external LaCie Little Big Disk. This will provide reasonably fast access via RAID 1 (Striping). Existing disk is > 512Gb so should provide sufficient storage for the short term. Can move / larger to faster EN spec 3.5” disk over time.

Backups

We have two different, complementary backup stratergies detailed below. I guess we should use separate disks for each.

TimeMachine

Just needs to match the disk size of the SSD + Little big, 256+6xxGB so < 1Tb.

Carbon Copy Clone

Ideally should be a little larger to allow for previous versions. I guess that 1Tb will do for now.

Could use the spare RAID storage box I’ve got with 2x1Tb but to configure for JBOD? Hide it under the desk!

So. that’s it grab a couple of 1Tb disks & we’re off.

What about using Dolly Drive? $10/month for 250Gb looks quite reasonable - and easy. No - fail - probably a nice service but doesn’t play nice in my environment.

  • TimeMachine backups to ReadyNAS: FAIL, sorry just too slow as MBA insists on using Wi-Fi
  • Full disk backups (clones) to external self powered 2.5” disk

Requirements

Markdown VOX JdiskReport TuneUp

Resources

Using & extending Rhino - see Developer Works

  • Android sdk
  • Acorn3 - done

Dashboard for SimpleNotes

Handbrake DVD Ripping

To Be Installed

Installed

  • http://www.backblaze.com/
  • ClickToFlash
  • Rdio
  • Transmit -> Amazon S3 A/c
  • FolderWatch App.
  • XCode 4
  • Acorn 3

In the future I should use a (small) Win7 VM to rdp to everywhere. This could live on a SD / USB card if needed.