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A whole new world

OK, fess up. When you get a new computer, what do you do? In this edition, I will give you my routine, which will probably tell you what not to do. Now, our blogdaddy, Kevin Ryan, is probably gnashing his teeth. How, he is muttering, can he think that this has anything to do with mobile, or language, or learning? Read on, gentle blog follower…


This has been prompted by a new and unexpected mac air that came through part of a kakenhi (research grant) project, so I realized that what I do is first get the stuff I needed on the new (world) computer to get it online, then fill up a hard drive (or now, a usb drive) with all the docs I think I would need and set off. As I become aware of the things I need, I start cussing, and figure out how to get them on my computer.

The more traditional option (on Macs) is to use Migration Assistant to transfer to another computer, but I prefer leaving behind the stuff I don’t use.

However, this time, things were a lot easier and it is useful to reflect why. First of all, I remembered to get Dropbox on my computer, so basically, if it was an important document and I didn’t have it there, I had to wonder why.

Next was a stop to my university computer center to get Microsoft Office (and many universities in Japan let you get this software even if you are a part-timer). My school also has/had some stats packages and other software, but Office is the only thing I use that the school has)

Then, as I realize I need software, I install it. This became much easier because so many of my applications are downloadable, and I just had to re-enter the serial number, which I was able to find in gmail most of the time. A quick list in case you aren’t using them

  • Graphic Converter (Great for any kind of image manipulation)
  • JEDict (A Japanese-English dictionary based on Jim Breen’s EDICT files, but also allows you to import proper formatted files)
  • Transmit (Mac OS FTP client)
  • Evernote (a notetaking/note organization app that works with iPads and iPhones)
  • Chrome (dat ole’ Google browser)

Those last three point to a trend that helps this fit into mobile. Had I I purchased Transmit in the Apple App Store, downloading it would have been as simple as going to the app store and clicking. In fact, that is what I did with Evernote. Sweet.

As for Chrome, my previous moves to a new computer had me taking various browser files, but if you sign in for Chrome, your browsing history and any passwords you have saved are automatically transferred. While I don’t keep my most important passwords in Chrome (and I don’t recommend that you do), it was great for a whole host of low level passwords that are not vital, and being able to pull up all your urls with auto complete, well, my day was made.

How do you make the move? Let me know in the comments!

1 thought on “A whole new world”

  1. I unboxed a new iMac earlier this year.
    If only I knew I could get MS Office from the IT support desk at my university! I shelled out an extra $150 to get the MS Office for Mac. Thanks for the tip nonetheless.

    As far as the rest of my set-up went, I store everything on Dropbox, so the whole set-up was really easy. An interesting side note was that it was a presentation by you and Bill Pellowe a couple of years ago which pushed me to move everything onto Dropbox in the first place.Thank you for making my life so much easier:)

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