Ever since I had my first hard disk failure about 11 years ago and lost a substantial portion of my data, I am more concerned with data back than most computer owners/users. Every new computer that I purchased since then had also included provision for data backup. I started out with magnetic tapes that while worked, took long time to back up even a moderate amount of data. Not to mention the longevity of the tapes were always in question. Even with the popularization of CD-ROM/RAM or even DVD-ROM/RAM, I never used it as a backup medium. Capacity is too low and unless I paid for top quality disks, longevity again was suspect.
One of my friend reached out to me last week for help. The photographer she hired for her wedding had gone bankrupted. Since she has not gotten the album now she can't even get her wedding photos in either prints or digital form. All she has access to is the photographer's web site where the people can order prints from. She was hoping that I can somehow retrieve all the photos (~1220) from the site so that at least she would have digital copies of her wedding photos.
There are many discussions on the web about which one is better, and why one is more popular with a certain group of users than the other. Here is what I think why WordPress is more popular among the causal blogger than MT.
Note #1: I think MovableType is, in general, a better blogging system (e.g. more scalable, more flexible architecture, etc.) but oftentimes technical merits do not count for much when causal users evaluate software.
Note #2: I am comfortable in unix shell so that's not where I burnt my time on.
Fact: I've spent around 4 hours trying and failed to install the infrastructure (CGI and Perl's DBI and DBI::mysql or DBI::sqlite) on OS X to get MovableType to run.
Fact: I only need to spend around 30 minutes to get WordPress to run.
After having been coding in Windows inside OS X, using Parallels, on my Mac Pro for a day and half I still feel very weird about the whole thing. (Getting my laptop's Windows installation transferred into a Parallels' virtual hard disk image was a long and tedious process and I won't bore you with the details)
Using Windows inside OS X just feel plain strange at the moment but I like it so far. Being able to run both OSes at the same time is so much more convenient, I don't have to switch screen/keyboard/mouse inputs, or keep two sets of emails and web bookmarks, and I can just drag-n-drop files between the two OSes. Despite running inside a vm, Visual Studio 2005 works very well. It runs and compiles almost as fast as on my Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz Dell with RAID 0 drives in the office but I think the 2.66 GHz Xeon processor helps! 🙂
Anyway, the Mac Pro is everything that I have hoped for. Yes it is expensive but given my last mac lasts over 4 years I think it is a good investment. It does mean that I have to forgo the Xbox 360 for another 6 months or so but I don't have time to play game that much anyway. In fact, my Mac Pro is so good that I spent most of my time on the mac and didn't play even one second of Halo this weekend, normally the designated Halo time of the week.