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I went to a song circle at Lois's house last night. I went to a song circle at Gail's house today. So that kind of nicely bookended the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 with music, which is great because I intend to keep doing music / do more music in 2017. I'm happy about that.

I also got a new computer (the old one was nearly six years old and it's starting to get a little eccentric) the day before yesterday, transferred my files and stuff over and played with it a bit yesterday and today started its very first backup disc (baby's first backup.). I was seriously expecting it to take hours, because that's how long backing up the old computer took. But the new computer has USB-C instead of USB outlets. And the backup--from scratch--took 45 minutes. So, relatively painless. I guess this was why Apple decided it would be worth Dongle Hell as everyone switches over. I obviously thought Dongle Hell wasn't going to be too bad, since I went ahead and bought a computer with USB-C, but I'm pleased to note the improvement in data transfer speed I got for it.

Also the new hard drive came with two cords--one for USB-C outlets and one for USB outlets. Which is kind of cool, because the latter cord has a USB-C outlet on one end and a USB outlet on the other, meaning it takes the place of an old cord *plus* a dongle. I'm going to save that one.

Also-also, I made two partitions on the new hard drive--one for Time Machine backups (which are compressed) and one for uncompressed files. The disk utility program on my new mac wouldn't partition the drive. That tab was just greyed out and nothing I could think of would change that. We eventually plugged the new drive into Kip's computer and partitioned it there. But I hope they get disk utility fixed; it's not a good thing that it doesn't work properly.

I'm going to need some new things--one example would be an external CD/DVD drive to let me rip CDs because I still get a lot of my music the old fashioned way. But I'm waiting a while to work out exactly what.

I'm trying to decide whether to give my new computer a new name or just port the old name over to the new computer along with all the files...

I haven't made a lot of New Year's Resolutions but here are some things I'm going to try to do every day.
1) meditate.
2) practice music.
3) exercise.

And in Trump accountability land, I quit trying for most of the month of December. I have no excuse. But part of keeping doing something is keeping re-starting something when you quit by mistake, so I'm re-starting.
Today I e-mailed Radio City Music Hall and the producers of the Rockettes to encourage them to stick to their policy that the women working in the Rockettes do not have to perform at the Trump inaugural unless they actually want to.

I got the e-mail addresses from a post by Connie Willis. I'll type them in here for your convenience if you want to join me.

It's a small thing but something I can do on a Sunday. Begin as you mean to go on.

Now I had better meditate and do some sit-ups or something :-)

Date: 2017-01-02 01:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kjn
It wasn't so simple that you had the volume rather than the disk selected in Disk Utility? Partitioning works on the entire disk, not a single volume (even if there is only one visible). I know I've been stumped by that a few times.

Date: 2017-01-02 03:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kjn
Just tested myself, and yes, the "Partition" icon in the toolbar seems to be permanently greyed out for my external USB backup drive, no matter what I do.

No idea on what's up with it.


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