Let me share how my obsession with all things Apple in no way protects me from making massive technology bloopers.
For the last week, I’ve had a task on my ToDoist daily list to upgrade my home iMac to macOS Big Sur. I have an iMac at home and one in my office, which was updated almost as soon as Big Sur was available. Talk about living on the edge!
The upgrade in the office went very smoothly and I was quickly exploring all the deliciousness of Big Sur.
Back at home, it didn’t look like the update was available on my iMac. I kept refreshing, to no avail. I then started googling solutions, exploring any possible reasons why a perfectly good iMac couldn’t be upgraded to the latest macOS software. Each day, I ran out of time and the task ran over into the next day.
Note that this wasn’t a panic or a must-have, but the completist in me wanted my iMacs running on the same version of macOS. Also, I didn’t want to have to readjust every time I sat down in front of one of the computers, looking for settings or icons.
Can’t believe I missed it…
Yesterday afternoon, I discovered why. Days too late, I actually checked to see if my iMac model could be upgraded and was shocked to discover that, as it’s a 2013 model, it doesn’t get Big Sur. I wasn’t shocked at the upgrade (or lack thereof) more that my iMac is now seven years old. I honestly carried around a kind of mental model where both iMacs are a couple of years old. That seven years has gone by extremely quickly.
So now I’m left with different versions of the OS on my two iMacs. Not something to lose any sleep about, but actually an opportunity to make some changes. The plan is to actually sell the iMac at home and replace it with a good quality monitor. Each of us have new, excellent laptops and all we really need when working from home is a large display.
Another reason for this is that the new desk I bought earlier in the year is quite shallow – intentionally so. But it’s difficult to have both an iMac and a laptop on it. However, a laptop plugged into a monitor will work just fine. A laptop plugged into a wall-mounted monitor will be even better.
So @TheFrankFlyer has been busy researching large monitors and checking how much the iMac will go for. While I’m looking at webcams and docks for the laptops. We’re aiming to make the set up as minimalist and cable-free as possible, as we don’t want the study to look like someone’s office.
Working from home, at least semi-regularly, is here to stay it seems. So I want it to be a comfortable, but also pleasant to look at experience. Wish me luck!