The hope that he could be talking about backyard nukes is a fool's errand, yes? Well, I'm sticking with it.

@DrChris I've got a friend who's dad is an immigrant to πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ from πŸ‡±πŸ‡· and married a white Canadian girl, and they (friend's parents) now live back there. Crazy to hear some of their stories. A few years ago they installed the first well at the village of their ancestors; up until now they had walked a 4 hour round trip to get not-clean water!

@jeremiah Well now I know who to ask for suggestions when the need arises!

@jeremiah @CoffeeFingers I'm personally stuck in the Adobe world for at least another year but fingers crossed.

My mom's photo library is in Apple's Photos so... I don't think switching to a Linux alternative is a doable thing on her part. It was hard enough getting her off Windows 13 years ago.

@CoffeeFingers the question is inspired by my parents' current IT problems... my first response: "I only shoot on film. Saves the hassle."

@mhjohnson Not sure what the number is, but it's at about 300GB currently. It's my mom's computer and we did the repair tool last time I was there (months ago) which helped, but it has gotten slower again.

@Sabex @chris the current machine in the situation which inspired the question is from 2013 and is maxing out RAM while working with the photo library, so that makes sense to have as a priority

@chris everyone is saying SSD and now I feel silly for not thinking of that. This is why asking for advice is a good idea.

@geordie ah ha! I forgot about the fusion drive, you're right, that's what it has. Thanks for the tips!

@geordie good point. The question is inspired by my mother, who is currently on a 2013 iMac and has a massive library in iPhoto/Photos. She doesn't have Photoshop or anything like that, but uses the built-in tools.
I wiped the hard drive and did a clean install of macOS last summer but she still complains (regularly) that it's a pain to do anything with the photos.

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