Wednesday, September 17, 2014

500 gigs is plenty. Yeah right.

In September of 2013, after much research including changing my mind and returning a PC with 750 GB, I ultimately purchased a MacBook Air with 500 GB. My third computer and first Apple computer. My previous
computer, an HP with Windows 7, contained 581 GB (I just checked to see how much I had in there). In other words, the amount of space was not very different. I wasn’t even pushing the limits. It’s been about a year since I got my MacBook Air, but I was using perhaps 200 to 250 GB of data.

In October 2013, I purchased a video camera. Videos do take up a lot of space, but I had plenty on my computer. I was especially excited because I could use iMovie, which is MUCH better than Windows Movie Maker. As time progressed, I took more photos and videos, downloaded more music and videos, and ended up with some rather large files. That 500 GB was filling up rather quickly.

A couple of months ago, I had a storage crisis, in that I was coming close to filling up the entire 500 GB. In order to save space, I moved my videos to my 2 TB back-up external hard drive and purchased another 2 TB external hard drive to back up my MacBook Air. This opened up about 50 GB of storage, which was great until my most recent upload of voice recordings from my iPhone to my MacBook Air brought me to another storage crisis.
When I learned about the iPhone 6, while I was excited about the iPhone 6 Plus’ 5.5 inch screen, it was the option of a 128 GB iPhone that brought me more excitement. The 32 GB of data on my iPhone 5 is not enough. I keep filling up that space, then I transfer the data to my MacBook Air, which then pushes the limits to my 500 GB.

Now, I have to figure out which large files I can delete or move to my external hard drive. I have less than 400 MB of space on my MacBook Air, and I still have 17 GB of data to move from my iPhone to my MacBook Air.

I should have purchased a larger amount of storage for my MacBook Air. It has been said that bigger isn’t necessarily better. However, in the case of data storage, bigger certainly is better.

Monday, September 15, 2014

I started a blog.

I started a blog. I actually started a blog back in September 2011, just over 3 years ago. It was a genealogy blog which I began at Blogspot. My second post occurred just over 4 months later. I blogged a couple more times in 2012, with another random blog post in September 2013. But that’s it. I have never blogged since, nor have I ever regularly blogged.

I began thinking about writing a blog about a couple of months ago. I even posted on Facebook last month that I was thinking about starting a blog. Of course when the thought of a blog comes to mind, the question is, what do I blog about? That is perhaps one of the most common questions someone may ask if you tell them you have a blog. “What is it about?”

That is the same question I asked myself a couple of months ago when I decided to seriously consider starting a blog. Actually, I have wanted to blog regularly for years now. When it all comes down to it, I don’t want to limit my blog to just one topic or theme. I have interests in more than one thing. So the question is, what will I be blogging about? The answer to that is more clear–“Anything I want.” I don’t have a set theme. I am a writer and there are numerous topics I could blog about, so I will not limit myself to just one theme.

So, I purchased a domain. I installed WordPress. I found a theme, and I wrote this first blog post. There are numerous themes I could have chosen. I just picked one that looked alright, so that I could get my blog started. Although there are many themes I could simply install, I have considered designing my own blog design. I taught myself HTML back in 2003, and so I know coding. However, coding the right theme will take time to explore different options. As time progresses, I will have a design I will truly like.
So there it is. My first blog post without limiting my scope. I talked about how this blog came to be. It’s nearly midnight, and so I am going to end this blog post and explore the administrator panel of WordPress. It will be interesting to see where this blog goes.

Edit: On August 29, 2015, I merged my old blog with my new one.