Stormtroopers in the building!
Stormtroopers in the building!
I just can’t get off of this Johnny Cash kick I’ve been on for the last two weeks.
The last time I purchased Pro Tools was in 2012. I bought Pro Tools 10.0 for Students, which came with a miraculous four years of software upgrades for just a few hundred dollars. The last version I received under that plan was Pro Tools 12.4, in December of 2015. Four years on, that version is still working really well for me under macOS Mojave (10.14.6).
Avid announced some Cyber Monday deals that are still live until Christmas Eve, which has me investigating whether now is the time to upgrade. It looks like my options are:
The main driver for upgrading at all is Catalina support. It looks like the Avid Video Engine is the only part of 12.4 that isn’t 32-bit, and I don’t do anything with video, but I’m not sure if the bundle will work well with the embedded 32-bit binary. I don’t plan to update my machines to Catalina for a while, so this is more of a theoretical issue for at least a few more months.
I’m pretty sure I’ll go with a perpetual license when I finally upgrade. After the end of year two, it’s substantially less expensive than a subscription, and I’ve already demonstrated that I can easily live with an out-of-date version for a while. $299/year for a subscription doesn’t match the value I’m getting out of Pro Tools at this point in my life. Since there’s no current discount on a perpetual license upgrade, I’ll just wait until upgrading to Catalina forces my hand.
The two USB backup drives that are permanently connected to my iMac have been in service for six years, so I recently ordered replacements.
I wanted the new drives to be unmounted from the computer when they weren’t being updated; I’m not sure why I had never configured this before with the previous drives.
Carbon Copy Cloner will try to mount the target destination if it isn’t mounted when a backup task starts. You can optionally configure the drive to be unmounted when the backup task completes. The only remaining piece of the puzzle is to make sure the drives don’t mount when the machine boots up.
The first step is to find the UUID of your drive. This command will return a UUID with the form XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX:
diskutil info /Volumes/"Volume Name" | grep 'Volume UUID'
Then, you can a line to the
/etc/fstab file with your UUID and the
# # Warning - this file should only be modified with vifs(8) # # Failure to do so is unsupported and may be destructive. # UUID=XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX none hfs rw,noauto
Save the file, reboot, and the drive should be in an unmounted state!
1500 move goals!
There are 39.6 days of music in my iTunes library that I’ve never listened to.
Just got my copy of Mutts’ Stuck Together album!
I was installing watchOS 6.1 on my series 2, but now it has somehow decided to install watchOS 5.3.3. Strange. It’s almost done, so I’ll try moving to 6.1 from there.
All of my ancient iTunes radars were just updated to ask me to verify them on the Music app. sigh.
It seems odd that Time Machine still doesn’t support APFS drives on Catalina.