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My new computer

Love it. I bought the 27″ iMac and i put an extra 8 gigs of RAM in there.  Oh, and I also put in a 2 TB hard drive. Isn’t that a lot? Well, right now I have 3/4 of a TB (approximately 750GB) and of course I keep adding more. There aren’t any 1.5TB drives available, so 2 it was. What about the RAM? I’m hardly a power user and my Macbook with 2 GB of RAM was still doing OK. Well, OK is a relative term… Right now, I am re-encoding some videos, watching live HD TV, have my chat windows open, the internet, and there isn’t a hiccup, it isn’t even flinching. I am also using about 8GB of RAM. I could do some of these things at the same time, but I would have to choose between the live TV and the encoding. Now, no problem.  Check it out.

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The encoding program is behind my browser window. While it’s encoding, it isn’t much fun to watch. Watching the Yankees/Red Sox game instead. This is the total opposite of how I use my iPad. I tend to get absorbed in one thing at a time on my iPad, I’m doing 4 things at the same time on my iMac. Would I do the same thing on my iPad if it had the power? Probably not. My usage on the iMac is a function of both the power and the real estate. The iPad screen is just too small to inspire lots of multitasking.

This is an mazing TV.  I can play a full 1080 stream and have plenty of real estate left over. In addition, the video is sharp, there aren’t all those jaggies like I was seeing on my poor Macbook. Even when blown up to full size it looks pretty good. If I sit just a little ways from it I can’t tell the difference.

 

So while the computer is a hit, my current ergonomic situation is not. I need a bigger desk. The one I’m using now would be fine if I could sit at the middle of it. This one has several drawers on the right, so I have to sit to the left. I really need to be in the center of this guy. Plus, I need a real chair. This one is all sorts of bad.

 

Bottom line, it’s a fantastic upgrade. This, along with my iPad, has me set up both at home and on the go.We’ll see what kind of stuff I might start doing now that I have the horsepower.

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