New Mac setup gets less shitty

I got a new MacBook Air today and was excited as I was bringing it home, then I remembered — I don’t have a FireWire cable.

This is always the moment when the newness of a new Mac stops being fun and starts being a drag.

A picture named macbook.gifSo I unboxed it, lovely packaging. Surprised to see no thumb drive with the OS on it (as the previous MacBook Air had). I went ahead and started the setup, figuing I’d go hunt around the house looking for a firewire cable (I also vaguely remembered that USB works too). Then it did something nice that made me happy and inspired this blog post. It told me it could do the transfer over wifi. Okaaaay. That’s the right answer.

It told me to launch the “migration assisant” app in the Utilities sub-folder of the Applications folder on the old Mac. (I wondered what that was, I assumed it was something I didn’t need to know about).

Now the new Mac is happily sucking data out of the old Mac, and I’m writing a blog post.

I always say software is a process. You watch, we’ll make it suck less. It’s nice when that happens. :-)


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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