Marco Pessoa

Research Scientist (Embrapa).

Genomics, plant genetic resources, and breeding.

contact: marco [at] marcopessoa.com

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joining my user accounts on the mac

I used to keep two separate user accounts on Mac OS based on context: one for personal matters, another one for work. I had been doing that for years, ever since I started using linux.

My theory was that by doing it, personal stuff wouldn’t stand in the way of productivity. It was my way of crippling technology to be more productive. That started out OK, but for the last few months I have spent more and more time on my work account. It got to a point where I would be too lazy just to change accounts in order to play with Lightroom and edit some photos.

Yesterday I took the bold step to join both accounts into one. I actually moved the home folder stuff on the personal account to my work account.

Taking care to back up everything before I started, I exported my Mail.app inboxes, moved my iTunes and iPhoto libraries, and all my images and Lightroom catalogs. These were the most complicated ones. Apart from those, I didn’t have too many documents to move, and doing that was quite simple. The only thing I’ll have to pay attention from now on is the eventual file permission problems I will eventually face.

So far I’m happy with how I’m dealing with it, and I guess this is how things are going to be for a few more years.

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