So after weeks of deliberation… well not quite. I’ve made a decision and ordered a new iMac. I had looked at Windows PC’s but by the time you added in the extra software I would need to purchase and a similar size monitor I would have exceeded the price of the iMac.
So I’ve ordered a new iMac quad core machine with a 27 inch monitor… yes it’s big! But in terms of screen resolution it’s only slightly bigger than what I’m using at present but by combining two monitors. Having it all on one screen will be a lot more useful, and I will spend less time glancing left and right all the time!
Delivery date is as yet to be confirmed but some time this month. I will still be retaining my netbook PC for XP and portable use, it works well and it’s very compact. My two existing monitors will find use on other PC’s and at last I think I will be getting rid of the last two CRT monitors we own.
I’m looking forward to the iMac it will be a new challenge although I’m familiar with the Apple OS, using it full time will be different.
Watch this space…..
The PC I use is now over 5 years old. Today one of the graphics cards decided to play up, so I’ve had to revert to the internal card and go from two displays to one, which is a bit of a shame. I liked the dual 1280×1024 display set up a lot. Mail in one screen, browser in another etc.
So the obvious quick fix may be is a wide screen single display… but sadly the internal graphics card won’t support more than 1280 x 1024.
So do I just get another graphics card… my machine is quite old so it’s AGP only… although you can still get those cards.
So may be a new graphics card and a wide screen display.
I’ve been thinking about upgrading to a new machine anyway… but what… another PC, with Windows 7 may be… or may be a Mac Mini.
I need to sit down and look at my real requirements and compare the two to see what I actually need.
At first sight Windows machines look cheap and Mac’s expensive… but specifying them up to similar performance, there’s not much difference in them really.
Anyway my spare display can now be used on my notebook, or on my old G4 Mac over in France!
Well I’m really getting to grips with OS X. I’ve also got a Linux machine so they are very similar in a lot of ways.
I discovered a portable drive that no longer worked with Windows works fine on the Mac so that will be useful for photo shoots.
I’m hoping for some better weather this weekend to be able to get out around the village to take some more of the ‘Then and Now’ series on my Pembury Website.
Well after my request for a Mac OS 9 CD, I was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by a friend who said I could loan his. When I went to collect the CD, I was even more surprised when he offered me a redundant Mac G4 with OS X Tiger loaded on it… yes please!! So I’ve got it set up next to my PC and I’m rapidly learning OS X.
The machine might be 6 years old, but it does work really well. I’m even more tempted now to buy something like a Mac Mini to supplement my PC, although once I get used to the operating system I may even transfer over to it full time. I’m still learning how to get things set up to my liking. But so far I’m very impressed.
Oh and Happy New Year…
I was recently given an old Apple iMac, one the old see thru CRT models from the early 90’s.
Sadly no discs, but it appears to work with only a few minor problems, so I am looking around for some OS 9 CD’s. Contact me if you can help.
I have been using the machine on the internet, there’s a few limitations but nothing that stops you from using it as a fairly compact machine.