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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Master and Slave

Macs aren't better. They're just like other computers. In some ways, they're significantly less graceful. I say this as someone who tried to uninstall something on a Mac this week and had to delete files from a half-dozen different folders to do so... eventually. There is no "Add/Remove Programs" equivalent on a Mac.

But that's not what makes me sad right now. With the hard drive failure, I realize one major weakness of the Mac/iPhone integration. The Mac is the master and the iPhone is the slave. I cannot take what is accurate on my iPhone and put it on my Mac. The Mac insists on erasing everything on my iPhone and syncing from Mac to iPhone.

Now, sure, I pulled back some things. I used Music Rescue to get my music off. But it just nuked every text message I've ever had and every note. Since the old hard drive was perceived as the old computer that had my backup, and since the iPhone can only be sync'd to one computer at a time, there was absolutely nothing I could do except take the blow. This is not okay.

Hard drives fail. I go through one a year on average. Therefore, about a year from now, I'll get to face this issue again. That makes me unwilling to trust the device, and why for all the years of Palm and Treo and other hand-held tools, I stuck to a simple pen and paper method. If it matters, it shouldn't be stored digitally. So while my iPhone remains slave to it's highly fallible master, I will not be slave to it. I'm going back to pen and paper for things I want to keep. And I'm just going to be sad to lose my text messages again. Some of those were really really sweet.

3 Comments:

  • This generation may lose out on the bundle of love letters to look through later. Electronic media as truly ephemeral poetry.

    By Blogger Kim, at 2:49 PM  

  • Macs aren't better. They're just like other computers. In some ways, they're significantly less graceful.

    Hear hear (written on an iMac).

    Did the backup not contain your synced notes and text messages? Bad IT. :-(

    Hard drives fail. I go through one a year on average.

    Whoa! I think I've had two fail in a decade, but I don't carry a laptop. You can't do much at work, but for home use you might want to try drives with a five year warranty; the build quality should be higher.

    By Blogger Michael, at 2:59 PM  

  • Good post and I support it very much. By the way, anybody try this Sony SD Card Recovery Software? I try it and I think it is good.

    By Blogger Torie Yang, at 12:01 AM  

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