Housecleaning Tips for Tiger
Subject:   my two cents
Date:   2005-04-27 10:07:17
From:   rwright
My experience with OS X upgrades has been painless, I have upgraded Panther over Jaguar. So if you are not having any problems, most can rest assured that a basic upgrade will get them up and running in the shortest amount of time.

I second the backup strategy but I have to wonder about partitioning, even now that iPartition is out which makes undoing partitions easy, it is time consuming to un-partition an 80 gig or larger drive, and partitioning a smaller drive is not a good idea. Sooner or later after iphoto and itunes libraries grow large, you will want to reclaim tha space, which is why the dual boot seems to be not a good idea to me.

I also want to question the wisdom of advocating splitting up large entourage or Mail databases, or iphoto libraries. While I know that speed is an issue, with the advent of spotlight there seems to be a return on investment for keeping large email databases, simply because the data will be more accessible with spotlight. I am praying for an entourage plugin...othewise I will have to move to Mail. I think the idea of spotlight is to create value in all that old material, and if I can get a spotlight search to return me the entire set of emails to a specific client over the past few years, that kind of information is very useful. While Entourage Archive X is useful, it seems to me to be the kind of app that spotlight makes irrelevant.

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  • Derrick Story photo RE: my two cents
    2005-04-27 10:19:03  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    I think you make some good points, and I agree with most of them. The one thing I will say about the Entourage DB issue is, regardless of Spotlight, I have an inherent distrust of Entourage's ability to handle large amounts of mail. It's true that I haven't read as much about DB crashes with the current version of Entourage as I had with Entourage X. But on my Mac, it's starting to feel a little goosey, and I'd rather do something now while it's on my terms.

    That being said, this is what makes these conversations so interesting, right?
    • RE: my two cents
      2005-04-27 10:37:39  rwright [View]

      yeah I am only up to a half a gig on my entourage db, in the current version of Office, and so far it is responsive. But I do not get a lot of email compared to what I expect you get. The nice thing about Mail is that is uses standard mboxes, and this coupled with spotlight makes me think that moving to Mail might be a good idea. I haven't really made use of the project center in entourage that much, but I do use the calendar a lot, and iCal is really not up to it for me. Still praying for the entourage plugin.

      another nice app for spring cleaning is OmnidiscSweeper, which can show you readily what is hogging the most space and might be worth deleting. Often times it makes more sense to archive one or two big items rather than spend time trashing lots and lots of small files.
      • Derrick Story photo RE: my two cents
        2005-04-27 11:22:11  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

        Yup, I have to say that part of the reason I'm archiving my mail in FileMaker is that I'm considering the move to Mail when I upgrade to Tiger...