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Monday, May 02, 2005

I've been printing most of the day. Here's a funny thing - the Blog Image gallery has become third most popular thing on the site after the blog and the print store. Apparently people enjoy looking at the digital data. That's fine. Easy enough to do now through IView (can't say enough good things about that program).

Read somewhere that Win2K (which I'm using) isn't going to be "supported" much longer. That might be a good thing. Dunno. I can only imagine what it would be like to "upgrade" to XP or whatever is the latest OS.

What I should do is rob a bank, buy all new software and switch to a Mac.

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It might be a fun project (hardy har har) to figure out the cost of upgrading to either Mac or PC.

Photoshop (the thing is I would be upgrading to CS2 so that is probably a wash so long as you follow the same upgrade path from PC to MAC version)

Dreamweaver (soon to be owned by Adobe, maybe they make it part of the Creative Suite Upgrade?)

ImagePrint - will my dongle work on a MAC or would I need to exchange the one I have or what? No idea.

IView Media Pro (hmmmm, just bought it recently maybe they would be kind to me)

Grain Surgery - are PS plugins cross platform (don't know)

PhaseOne Raw Converter

ISQL (I have a couple of sql scripts that I use to update my cart mechanism, i.e. to add new images, change prices etc. in the SQL Server Database at the web host. Would need something similar for the client side of the MAC)

Quickbooks (slowbooks; that's also a pretty old version. Does it even run on a Mac? No idea.)

NERO backup software (I use this for burning CDs, DVDs)

MS Word (very early version.)

And a few things to keep the PC running: SysTweak (fixes what windows upgrades breaks. Actually can't work without this to fix the registry once in a while); Anti-virus stuff;

External USB 2.0 devices: 2 external hard drives; CF reader; 2200 printer; Dimage 5400 Neg. Scanner; Epson 1600 flatbed scanner; ImagePrint Dongle.

And then the usual network setup: router / cable modem.

One of the things that interested me - was that I read that the latest (don't remember what it's called) MAC OS would actually have support for the DNG RAW format. Whether that's something critical now - dunno - but I like the cut of their jib to do that.

Also - my neighbor is a MAC fanatic - so there would be some built-in support early on while I got my sea legs.

Everybody is always offering me business loans - for a price - for a price Ugandi (Casablanca) - who knows. I'm sick of the PC world. I have this little icon everyday saying there is some new upgrade to install from M. Gates. After I run it - I never know what's gonna happen.

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This looks like a nice system:

Dual 2.3GHz PowerPC G5
4GB DDR400 SDRAM (PC3200) - 8x512
2x400GB Serial ATA - 7200rpm
ATI Radeon 9650 w/256MB DDR SDRAM
Apple Cinema Display (20" flat panel)
16x SuperDrive double-layer (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Apple Keyboard & Apple Mouse - U.S. English
Mac OS X - U.S. English
Price: $4800

6:31:06 PM