Tips For Transitioning From One Laptop to Another
Some things to use or remember that ease the transition:
FoxMarks-If you're a Firefox user, this web based app is a dream. It maintains your bookmarks on the web, but you can use it to upload them from one machine, then 'add a second machine' and download all of them at once. As the veteran of a hard drive failure, one where I lost some bookmarks forever, I love this idea.
iTunes-Installing this on your new machine is easy, but how do you get all the music back and forth? Well, you can use your iPod to do it. Remember this-you want to deselect your Auto Sync mode or else you'll lose everything off the iPod.
I'm rather glad to start fresh with a new iTunes download. As much as I love Apple, I didn't need Safari and was annoyed that it was snuck in on my last iTunes upgrade. I also didn't need three complete prior versions of iTunes hogging my hard drive, but they did.
Update Sunday 2/22-I'm off to buy a new iTunes $15 card. In over three years of having the iPod, I've only purchased 30 bucks of things from them, the benefits of a HUGE cd library. However, to authenticate this computer with iTunes, I have to put in a CC number, PayPal account or iTunes gift card. Personally, I'm not comfortable with my credit card number on there when I rarely purchase from them.
Their software doesn't seem to sync well with PayPal. PayPal tells me that it has successfully sent data, but when I go back to iTunes, it has no record. Off to the store for a Gift Card, then. All so I can put the $30 of already purchased stuff back onto this computer.
Not exactly tied to the new laptop, but something I downloaded is Tweetdeck. I was doing fine managing my Twitter account up until I began following over 100 people. There are about 15-25 people that I would touch base with daily, but I added more and found it hard to sift through what was going on. Tweetdeck allows folders, so I can sort by category, like my top 20, MomDot bloggers, Lakeland tweeple, TechTV gurus, etc. I'd held off installing it until I got the new machine, but I'm really enjoying it so far.
As I find more tips worth sharing, I'll add them here...