Sunday, June 1, 2008

New Addition to the Family

I would like to introduce to everyone the latest addition to my family, my new Mac Pro, named Thantos II.

I have been waiting a long time to get this new machine. My old workstation, Thanatos, was getting up there in age. I had built it back in 2003 and by now the hardware was starting to impede my work. I had done several upgrades with the video card and the RAM, but it still was starting to cause me problems.

Ever since getting my MacBook Pro I was intrigued with the Mac OS. I am not a total convert or anything like that, I can see both the good and the bad of both operating systems. I just found that I liked the Mac OS a little more user friendly on me. When I saw that Apple had updated the Mac Pros in January I knew that I wanted to get that machine as my new workstation.

I have had the Mac Pro since the beginning of May and I have to say that I am impressed. The machine has so far not giving me any glitches and it runs fast and quiet, a problem that I have had with Thanatos. I am not joking when I say that Thanatos would sound like a jet engine when it would start and got even louder when I would run any graphics intensive program. It got to a point where I had to wear those big noise cancelling headphones to be able to listen to music on it. With the Mac Pro I have no problems with any of that, I barely know that it's on most of the time.

I have posted a photo of what my current work area looks like. In the photo you can see that Thanatos is still visible and hooked up to a keyboard and to the monitor. I am planning soon on taking out the two 300 GB hard drives and installing them in the Mac Pro. I am also going to get Windows Vista and install it on one of the 300 GB hard drives. I am running Maya and it is the Windows version so I need Windows, as well as for a few other things. I will also throw in another 500 GB hard drive to act as a backup. Once the operation is complete Thanatos will be re-named to something else and used as either a back-up or will be sold for spare parts. The Mac Pro, Thanatos II, will then be known as Thanatos.

I know that this is mostly uninteresting to people that are not into techno-porn like I am. But for those of you that are, this post is for you. I am not planning any sort of massive upgrade with RAID setups or network drives, so this is probably going to be what it is like for a while.

I hope that everyone liked this little glimpse into where I work and produce my work.

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