Two ways to make a clean migration to a new Mac
When you get a new Mac, you may want to transfer some of the apps and data from your old Mac, but leave behind all the useless clutter.
Unfortunately, you have no clean way to transfer only the specific applications and data you want while still guaranteeing that all necessary components and files are preserved.
That’s because many OS X apps are not self-contained. Instead, they store pieces in a variety of folders – and sometimes these pieces are invisible or have hard-to-identify names.
30 Use Migration Assistant
The easiest and most reliable way to move stuff to your new Mac is to connect the two Macs with a FireWire or Ethernet cable and use Migration Assistant. You’ll find this utility located in /Applications/Utilities; it’s built into the Setup Assis tant that runs automatically the first time that you turn on a new Mac.
Regrettably, Migration Assistant lets you select or deselect only broad categories of things to move; you can’t, for example, choose some apps but not others, or only a few subfolders within your Documents folder.
As a compromise, we suggest that when running Migration Assistant, you deselect Applications and Other files and folders on [Volume Name], but leave Settings and all its sub- categories selected along with all the user accounts and their corresponding subfolders. Finish starting OS X and then log in.
Now you can reinstall all your critical apps in two ways: You can either download them from the Mac App Store, or use fresh copies that you obtained directly from the developers.
This process may take a while, but it will lead to much less clutter and it will allow you to enjoy the latest, most up-to-date apps.
In case you are not able to install an application from scratch for some reason, you can run the Migration Assistant utility a second time. This round, select only Applications and let the utility copy everything (including all the extra clutter).
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32 Check your internet connection
The first thing to do is to confirm whether you can access other websites. If you can, your connection is fine.
33 Check the Wi-Fi menu
This is to make sure your Mac hasn’t dropped its connection; if it has, try reconnecting.
34 Try another device
If this doesn’t work, try restarting your DSL or cable modem followed by your AirPort base station or other Wi-Fi router, if any. If you do all that and your connection is still down, it’s time to call your internet service provider.
35 Check the site
If your internet connection, your Mac and your browser all appear to be working correctly, then visit ‘Down for Everyone or Just Me?’ at www.isup.me and enter the URL you’re trying to reach.
This site does what its name says and tells you whether a site is truly down. If it is, then the cause is likely to be a server problem – and you can’t do much except wait for it to come back up again.
36 Switch to a different browser
If multiple browsers show the same behaviour, but the web site is up for everyone else, then you might be experiencing a DNS problem.
37 Change your DNS settings
Open the Network pane of System Preferences, click the lock icon and enter your username and password. Next, select your current network connection, click Advanced and click DNS.
Click the plus (+) button and add two new DNS servers to the list: 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.
These DNS servers, operated by OpenDNS, can frequently bypass DNS-lookup problems that might be afflicting your local Internet service provider. Click OK and then Apply and try loading the webpage again.
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By Christopher Breen, Dan Frakes, Joe Kissell and Dan Miller, Macworld