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In early December, my MacBook Pro failed to work. After several days of trying everything I had learned about Macs, I concluded that it was beyond repairing even if I took it to an Apple certified technician and I bit the bullet and ordered a new MacBook Pro M1 laptop. The blog piece below written in October 2012, reminds me of a similar earlier incident, though this time I learned from those mistakes and had regularly and recently backed up to the cloud. I still need to retire unused or antiquated apps and blogs!

Written 2012/10/10 

This summer I was overconfident about my multi-tasking capabilities. Stupid. Careless (oopsie). Hypocritical. “Save regularly, backup often,” I repeatedly tell my students. Practice what you preach, Dr. Simpson. Somehow I managed to make my faithful MacBook Pro inaccessible and inoperable. In addition I created considerable havoc and access confusion on its backup hard drive. Duh. Ouch.

I tried to no avail offering sacrifices to the computer gods and appealing to their intervention. After many days and considerable expense  experimenting with trial versions of data repair and data recovery software I called a well-known tech support recommended by Robin The Newf. In retrospect, perhaps I shouldn’t have kicked her off the couch before I asked Dogbert  for help.

I believe that I have recovered all the apps and successfully transferred them to my new MacBook Pro. Of course within a month after I purchased my replacement laptop a new MacBook Pro was released and the new Mountain Lion operating system became available (for which many of my apps need to be upgraded).

Over the rest of the semester I hope to revisit each of the 200 apps I have (re)installed. Why do I have so many?  How many of them do I regularly use? Which are critical to my success as a teacher, as a learner, and as a consultant? Which are more than “Mac Gems” or POPULAR  technology tools? Which has demonstrated their value across the years? Which can be retired before I retire? Stay tuned.