The Great Debate


Well it’s decision time I s’pose.

Back in 2008, I had a decent Season. I was running Windows and using XP. I was an expert on XP. Friends used to call me all the time asking ‘whadoo I do when?’. We were ALL on XP. The difference was I was on it SO much and had problems virtually every other day, that I’d spend hours online trying to figure out how to solve them. I solved them so many times, over and over and over again I got awful damned good at it. You know how they say you need 10,000 hours of practice to Master anything? Um. Yah… HAHA, I must have spent that amount of time fixing WINDOWS. Then one day they announced Vista. And the howling began. Right then and there I decided it was time to make the change. I’d never worked on a Mac, had no idea how they even operated but Dammit, if it was gonna’ have to happen it had to be before they brought in Vista. So off I went to the Camera Store and tricked out my Shiny New ‘Cheese Grater’.

It had 4 Hard Drives, 8 Gigs of RAM and set me back about 5 Thousand. It was a Demon. Fast, Nimble had a single Optical Drive not two… Loads of Ports and handled anything I could throw at it.

Man, this was Livin’.

Sure. I admit. I had the occasional issue with the MacDaddy but they were very minor by comparison.

I had one drive go out on me a couple of years back. Because of the SIZE of the damned thing and the weight, (42.4 pounds), they made an exception to my having to bring it in and a great guy from Westworld Computers literally walked downtown, knocked on my door and replaced that drive in under eight minutes.  Love you AppleCare.  So, it’s been a real Warhorse and paid for itself many times over. However, my baby is finally starting to creak and groan. I can’t open the optical drive without hitting the button 20 times, although who really needs it anymore? Drive 2 is now dead, the main HD is starting to ‘Beachball’ all the time and, you have to face it. In this business, it’s like having a Shop Truck. if you’re a Plumber and you can’t count on your Truck to get you there, you’re unemployed. It’s essential.



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The Monitor I’ve been on since I brought the machine home has been incredible. It was as good as they came short of an Eizo, at the time. An NEC MultiSynch LCD2690Wuxi. It has it’s own internal colour calibration using an X-Rite puck and their SpectraView II System. But?  It’s got hundreds of thousands of hours of use on it and the old girl just won’t calibrate to the values it used to or should.

I stumbled on this blog post from Terry White.

Photographers: Don’t waste your money on a Mac Pro

He makes a very good case. Howevah’. I have TWO CAVEATS.

1.) I have yet to see the screen. I don’t like glossy screen monitors. They’re sharp(e) and bright yes they are but, Ugggh. They reflect everything. Word that I read, at least is that they have an anti-reflective coating buried in the new iMacs, s-o-m-e-w-h-e-r-e, but I’ll need to see that for myself.  2.) Colour. Yeah, Colour. The last model of iMac that I looked at was so gaudy and fluorescent that I ran from the store screaming. I puked a little bit in my mouth. Shiny, over-saturated YUCK. I know. It hadn’t been calibrated, yet but…  How’s the new one going to be any different? Nevertheless… it’s time to work the ‘Due Diligence’ and do the research. Heavily. And time to go shopping.

On this I shall keep you posted.

John Sharpe/ Sharpeshots

*Addendum. Just found THIS.




2 Responses to “The Great Debate”

  1. Keven Fedirko

    the 5K imac screen does look nice, but the black Mac is really fantastic .. perhaps the nicest thing is how quiet it is, and it doesn’t heat up like my 5,1 tower .. can’t wait for the next revision.

    • John Sharpe

      There’s a Blog Post on there from Terry White.
      Essentially, he says save your Moo-Lah. Unless you’re doing heavy video processing it’s not worth it.


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