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January 21, 2013


Matt Zamani

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading what you all have to say...
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I can't give you a (hah!) Apples-to-Apples comparison, but 6-8GB seems to have been the sweet spot since 10.6.8, unless you have an SSD. That definitely changes the equation and even makes a 2GB machine quite responsive.


> I tried again to get a copy of Mt. Lion with the Mac Mini but I was still unable to download a copy of Mt. Lion.

Why do you want to do that when you have a Mt Lion maker on your Mac by default? It's not 15 years ago when we were issued OS installer CDs..

> I got the suggestion from a knowledgeable friend at Apple to try forcing a restore to the external drive.

Forcing a restore to an external drive? So you can have the latest Mt Lion on that drive? How knowledgeable is that?

Reboot the Mac into the utility partition. Install a new copy of OSX to the external drive. That drive, with all updates, should boot your Mac just fine.

> If you cannot download the software that you just installed on a computer, that is a serious problem.

The App Store always has it so that's yer backup. If you didn't get the installer from the App Store, just keep a backup of that installer. No problem.


Actually that is what I did and that is the image of Lion installing the system on the external drive. When it finished, it didn't work.

You missed the whole point of the article, the app store might have the version of OS X that I need but it won't let me download a copy of it.

However, I did make a copy by cloning what was on the internal drive to a brand new drive.

Thomas Elam

Wow, that is quite the setup on your desk!


There is certainly no shortage of technology on my desk and it does take a fair amount of work to keep it all talking to each other. However, it is a lot easier than it used to be. Products like Dropbox which works on Windows, Linux, and even old flavors of the Mac OS make things much simpler than they used to be.

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