"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
No skills involved at all.

As an ADC member, I get access to the latest Mac OS 10.4 builds. I can't talk about them due to that whole NDA thing, but they cause me to reinstall my machines on a fairly regular basis.

8a393 came out today and I installed it on my laptop when I got home. I went to install it on my PowerMac (a dual G4 gigE, "Mystic"), and the DVD-RAM in it pretty much said "No. Piss off." This is pretty common with the junk-ass drive, so I thought about it for a few minutes.

First I figured I would just dd the Tiger image onto my spare 2g 10G iPod. This didn't work so well.

Then I realized... you can boot off firewire drives. So it stands to reason you can fucking install onto them. I have a firewire enclosure.

A few minutes of screwing around in the Mystic's insides later, I had the root drive out, attached to the enclosure, and plugged into my laptop. A reboot later, and I installed off the DVD. The install rebooted and asked me if I had another Mac I wanted to sync off of for this new install... as a matter of fact, I did: The laptop's boot volume. Ten minutes later (sigh, slow drives), I had a nice mirror of my laptop.

And now? Booted off the firewire drive with my keychain, my Mail, iChat, Safari, Terminal, etc, etc, settings all happy.

Sure it's just a matter of ditto/cpMac'ing files around... but damn. When it's so easy I don't have to think about it, just say "Yes, do that thing" and it works?

Well, that's why all my workstations are Macs these days.

Word up.

February 26, 2005 1:47 AM

This ain't nothin'.

I remember when a full Mac system would fit on a Zip disk or burn to a CDROM, boot off of same, and be completely portable between any machine produced- the system that came with a pismo would boot on anything back to the 6100. (9.2 sorta skunked things, but the point stands).

No fucking around with perms, no dittoing, not carbon copy cloner, none of that other crap. With the right extensions, you could use on OS on every single power PC macintosh out there.

Funny how OS X is a GIANT step backwards in this respect... and it's STILL a GIANT step ahead of everything ELSE on the market.

Posted by: dmh at February 27, 2005 4:36 AM
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