Thursday, May 17, 2012

What took you? (or: It's About Fucking Time!)

     Well here we go again. Since 1991 I have been constantly been playing catch-up. Not the 57 varieties type but the technology type. Since the digital revolution just about null and voided everything I had learned in various schools I (as I have stated in many posts) have had to re-educate myself. This really hasn't been too much of an issue. I consider myself a smart enough guy to be able to roll with the punches as long as I give a shit about what it is I am trying accomplish.
     In 2001 I bought my first computer. Some say I was late in the game on that one. It was a Dell Windows ME. Yes I know... I can hear the groans from here. Well I thought that was one of the best machines ever and I used most of my time trying to keep it alive. At one point in 2006 I was talking with my friend Mitch about replacing the motherboard and what not. He gave me a look and said I should just trash the piece of shit and buy a new one. I was hesitant because I saw that as wasteful. Long story shortened, in April of 06 I bought a new Acer Aspire Windows XP. This computer was a dream come true. To this day(or at least until these past 6 months) the Acer Aspire has been a workhorse. It has done countless jobs and without incident. I will still hold this model in highest regards but alas time moves forward and the XP OS, the processor, and the memory cannot handle the ever evolving technology.
     Cut to today. It seems that my computers last from 5-6 years before I have to re-outfit. Today is that day. What am I getting? Which model am I putting on the frontline of my arsenal? 
HP? Fuck no! 
Toshiba? Get the fuck out!
Gateway?  Who????
Acer? I would, in a heartbeat, buy another Acer. Like I said before I have respect for the Acer line. But alas I have had my fill with the Windows system.
What does that mean? Yes folks. You guessed it. I have purchased my first Mac. Today I bought an,
 iMac 21.5-inch 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5.  Here are the details on my new system;

Processor2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
Cache6MB on-chip shared L3 cache
Memory4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 16GB
Hard drive1TB Serial ATA1; 7200 rpm
Optical driveSlot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Display21.5-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy 16:9 widescreen TFT active-matrix display; 1920 by 1080 pixels; millions of colors; IPS technology
VideoBuilt-in FaceTime HD camera; Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, dual-link DVI, and VGA video (requires adapters, sold separately); supports input from external DisplayPort sources (requires cables and adapters, sold separately)
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB of GDDR5 memory
Thunderbolt / FirewireOne Thunderbolt port and One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
USBFour USB 2.0 ports
SD CardSDXC card slot
AudioBuilt-in stereo speakers with two internal 20-watt high-efficiency amplifiers, built-in microphone, optical digital audio output/headphone out, optical digital audio input/audio line in
EthernetBuilt-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
WirelessBuilt-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking2; built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Included accessoriesApple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse
OtherBuilt-in IR receiver
     So good news from SCI today. I plan on doing a lot of things that my system had a hard time accomplishing. There are a lot of projects swimming around in my head that just might come to fruition.