[sf-lug] [Fwd: Re: Where can I get my computer transitioned?]
jim at well.com
Sun Oct 11 12:15:21 PDT 2009
one other thing. a couple of us are studying
linux system administration on tuesdays and
fridays from 3 PM to 6 PM at noisebridge.
you're welcome to come play.
On Sun, 2009-10-11 at 12:05 -0700, jim wrote:
> (continuation of previous message; my laptop clicks
> the mouse all by itself with unpredictable results).
> hiya, stoop. a lot of us in your position turn to each
> other for help. the essential steps are easy in concept:
> * analyze your data: what file formats do you have?
> what software exists on the target platform? must
> you convert some data to some other format that is
> supported on the new OS?
> * convert any data to supported formats.
> * save data to two (not one) removeable or external
> storage devices or services.
> * test that the data is correctly copied.
> * ensure you can reinstall the existing operating
> system--e.g. do you have OS installation CDs?
> * install the new operating system.
> * copy the data from external storage to the host.
> * integrate the data with the appropriate application
> my guess is the toughest part for you is analysis.
> here are some local resources:
> * sf-lug (us). ask for more help. you willing to have
> someone come to your house? willing to bring stuff to
> someone else's house? can you bring your machine to a
> sf-lug meeting? post more on this email list.
> * noisebridge. http://www.noisebridge.net noisebridge
> has a publicly available location on mission near 18th
> street (2169 mission). come by at 6 PM on wednesday
> evenings for the new linux discussion group. they have
> a mailing list that's _very_ active.
> * cabal. http://linuxmafia.com/cabal/ is a group that
> meets in menlo park on the second and fourth saturday
> afternoons of each month. bring your machine. they
> have a mailing list:
> * bay area linux events (BALE).
> On Sun, 2009-10-11 at 11:29 -0700, Stoop wrote:
> > Hi there folks!
> > My name's Stoop, and I'm just new to San Francisco.
> > I have an old gateway pc that was transfered to linux, but it's about
> > to die. now i have a new dell pc, which i'd like to turn into a linux
> > and on to which i'd like to move all of the old computer files and
> > docs. Im new to the city and need to find out where i should go, or
> > who i should contact for such a service. when i lived in portland, i
> > had a bad experience with transitioning my pc, the guy did it wrong,
> > didn't move my data over and thankfully backed it up, but it was
> > fairly scary. i could have lost everything.
> > hopefully someone knows someone good and legit who can help me make a
> > smooth transition.
> > also looking into linux user classes to learn basics that I am still
> > needing help with.
> > Any suggestions?
> > Thanks for your time!
> > Stoop
> > 415-678-8290
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