I *heart* Alien Skin Software

July 25, 2002

I somehow managed to have two things completely screw up on me. My beautiful 933 Quicksilver PowerMac bit the dust. I installed a patch for QTVR Studio and two font programs and I believe one of those completely f**ked up my system to the point I was unable to bypass extentions or hit shift to select the extension set. I started getting type 3 errors when I tried to open BBEdit or Stuffit and Type 1 errors on Outlook. Then on top of that I started getting address and bus errors….typically memory error. I reset the pram and pressed the CUDA button and nothing would work. I booted to CD and did a first aid repair. Booted up and made backups of 90% of what I could. It wouldn’t burn DVDs like normal but it would CD-R.

I lost some photos, but nothing else of value. I then booted back into the CD and erased the disk and did the “M.Kelley Drive Setup Procedure”. Pretty much partition the drive into an OS, Apps, and Documents volumes. That way, if MacOS gets hosed again, I won’t loose documents. I also added an Archive partition that I’ll talk about more later.

I have everything reloaded today, with the exception of Eye candy, the great plug-in program for Photoshop. I managed to lose the damn disk. But Alien skin sent me the installer (within 30 minutes of sending an email to their sales staff) and I have a disk on the way. I highly recamend EyeCandy and XENOFEX. Mac vendors have been better about helping their users than PC vendors. Before I used a Mac, I had to call Quark to replace a disk for the graphic designer at the old job. They overnighted me a disk. No questions asked….as long as I had my registration codes. I had to do the same thing with Microsoft and they told me it was against policy. We had a bad Backoffice disk and they wouldn’t replace it…

I setup an archive drive to move older files to, when I need the space for something else. I’ll back those up to CD-R once a week and to DVD-R every 90 days. Should help manage more of my files…