Being parsimonious, I can’t see spending $1000 every 4 or 5 years (if I’m lucky) for new MacBook Airs for both my wife and for me. We use them for simple things. She: email, crossword puzzles, sudoku, jigsaw puzzles. Me: email, Ratburger, vast right-wing conspiracy perusal, word processing, household management via more websites than I can count (banks, utilities, memberships, Amazon, education, etc.) each with unknowable login credentials (which are now all different for obvious security reasons).
To help manage this, beyond Safari Keychain, I recently bought 1Password. Bottom line: I want to migrate all my user-created materials and login credentials to a new platform(s), either a new Chromebook and/or a soon-to-be shipped Raspberry Pi 4 (I am excited by the prospect of finally learning some programming and one of the Linux-based operating systems. Thanks to John, I am particularly curious about Ubuntu. As well, since I have a new iPhone Xr with face recognition, I am feeling more comfortable doing more of the above online tasks on this device. Until now, I have been loathe to put my credentials on a mobile phone.
My questions: can I migrate all my user-created files from Mac to Chrome? I have read that if I install Chrome on my Mac I can upload everything easily to the cloud and access it from any device. Is this true? i.e. is it really easy to do that way? Is there a better way? Remember, I have been following John’s odyssey from iPhone (Old Sweller) to Galaxy and am somewhat sensitized to such migrations. As others have observed – if it is so much work for John, what will happen to us mere digital mortals (especially near-senile ones like me)?
I am assuming that, if I manage to upload all my credentials to 1Password (a big job in itself), I will be able to safely use any of my encrypted devices (I think they all are) to access any of my sensitive websites, like banks and credit card(I have only one for simplicity’s sake).
Final question: I keep a manual bootable backup of my Mac on an external hard drive, updated weekly. Can I access this from a Chromebook or a Win10 desktop (I have one of those, too) in an emergency? Behind this question is the same desire to not have to purchase another Mac if this one dies. If, in order to access my critical files and passwords on the Mac backup I have to buy a new Mac, the whole project goes down the drain.
Thank you all for any answers or thoughts you may offer. This is more strong evidence that we have made life way too complicated. It has begun to bring out my inner hunter – gatherer.