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May. 4th, 2010 | 08:01 pm
location: in front of a huge apple
music: Richard Skelton / "Threads Across the River"

I would just like to say that today I took delivery of

* One (1) 27" quad core iMac - 4 x 2.66GHz i5 processors, only 4 gig RAM right now but I will order some more from Crucial.

The graphics card is an ATI Radeon HD 4850, which, well, actually it seems nice and fast and I'm not a graphics spec geek so it will do as far as I'm concerned.

This thing really is enormous. I thought that my old 21" iMac (now to be a bedroom media computer unless I clean it up and sell it which I might) was enormous at the time, and perhaps in a few years I will think this is just an average size, but right now it's like an easel or a whiteboard. One thing about it is that it's so large that most of the screen is outside of my peripheral vision.

It came with a teeny-tiny Bluetooth keyboard as if to emphasise quite how enormous it is; I used it to start with but am using the proper full-sized Apple keyboard now. Also it has a Magic Mouse, which I am also not using. It feels odd and I have a perfectly serviceable chunky Kensington mouse that has been working reliably for me for about a decade. I might use the Magic Mouse with my laptop; it's better than the Mighty Mouse since it doesn't have that stupid scrollball which gets gummed up with gack.

* One (1) set of harman/kardon SoundSticks II. I decided that if I was going to spend a stupid amount on a computer I might as well shell out another hundred quid on some nice amplified speakers that look like props from Logan's Run, and they are nice and they do. Sound is noticeably clearer and sharper - and louder - than the internal speakers, which aren't bad themselves. I am starting to pick up some quite sophisticated bass in music that I had not previously noticed. I'm sure my downstairs neighbour will love it. (I'm moving soon anyway.)


Migrating from the old iMac was ridiculously easy. I made a Time Machine backup of the old one, plugged the drive into the new one, ran the Migration Assistant program and waited for it to copy stuff across. That was it. The only issues I encountered were

(a) You can't create a user account, log in as it and then copy over another user account with the same name, duh;

(b) My iPhone didn't sync to start with. I ran Software Update, though, and it did. The system that this machine came with was slightly out of date and probably the phone expected something newer. Nothing was harmed by this.


this is all a business expense you know

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from: lilyvalley
date: May. 4th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)

27 inches? Jesus!

I guess somebody's got to pay for his health care. Might as well be you. ;)

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from: anonymous
date: May. 5th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)

I'm waiting for the iPad. I swore that I wouldn't buy one ...

My name is applepicker and I am a mac addict ....


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mother of the angry mob

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from: pennyland
date: May. 6th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)

I'm sending you some bricks and charcoal.

You need to get out of the house, at least for a grilling/bbq thing.

Meat you'd never buy (usually), buncha veggies you can steam all together and some potato(e)s.

Feast it! Yah!!

then dump it all in the bin when you forget, and console yourself with happy electronic toys.


I want your life, just for a week.


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