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Every now and then I must go forth into the wilds in search of some piece of camera equipment that I don't have, looking for either a solution to a problem I'm having, or simply to practice a little retail therapy and pick up something new and shiny. But if it's camera-related equipment I'm looking for, I've got Ken Rockwell's site open on my iPad to read about it there first.
This guy is a wonderful photog in his own right, with some handy tips for shooting in all kinds of situations (see his How to Take Better Pictures section), but his reviews are priceless and spot on. Not only does he have a technical background enabling him to make all kinds of accurate technical assessments, but his reviews are well-written and easy to understand. Just as important, he doesn't get the equipment for free from the manufacturers, so I tend to trust his summaries of the strengths and weaknesses of the reviewed product. Highly worthwhile.
I've been using the same Mac Pro computer for a bit over six years now, so I've been waiting anxiously for the release of the upgraded version from Apple, and finally bought it yesterday!
The new Mac Pro is a marvelous work of design, coming in a glossy black canister that's not a whole lot larger than a 2 litre bottle of soda. I bought it in 7 minutes locally, and carried it home in a cute little box with a single handle on top. Inside is a souped up machine that is fast and quiet, especially with the solid state hard drive inside.
Figuring I might as well jump in, I purchased a Promise Pegasus 8TB RAID-5 storage system to hold all my data, and the new 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display to make use of the new interface technology.
None of which, of course, makes me a better photographer, but sure speeds up my work back in the office after downloading my images. Opening a 230.6 MB, 62-layer Photoshop file that took almost 50 seconds on my old machine took 4 seconds on the new one. Love it!
Thursday, 23 January 2014 — Website Resources
A month in with the new computer and things are finally settling down. Whew!
Aside from getting the new machine set up with the applications that I use, and connecting with my iPad, Macbook Air, and iPhone, came the chore of moving various data collections from six different hard disks and storage drives, onto the new Pegasus storage unit. Figured I might was well organize them and eliminate duplicates while I was at it... don't have to tell you what a chore THAT can be!
Everything is running along rather smoothly now, although I have yet to finalize my font catalog (around 12,300 individual fonts) and get it properly cataloged in Suitcase Fusion 5 from Extensis. Once done, missing fonts in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign files will be automatically located and launched by Fusion 5 when the files are opened. Very handy.
Now I'm just thinking about what other new gadgets I might look for to, ahem, enhance productivity.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 — On Computer Upgrades
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