It has been almost 7 months since I last discussed the issue of my dead PC and my need for a new computer. A resolution has now been put into effect. Santa is bringing my a new iMac for Christmas and my birthday.
This is the brand new iMac that ships with OS X Leopard. It has a 20 inch screen, 1GB of memory, 250GB of disk space, Boot Camp pre-installed, 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT graphics card with 32mb of memory, and 24x Superdrive (CD, DVDs, and burner for both). Add in the Applecare protection plan, just in case anything goes awry, and this machine is good to go. On top of that I’m personally purchasing a copy of Windows XP Home Full Edition so I can boot into either OS.
I will use XP for grad school (writing papers and etc) and gaming (Civ 2 here I come). The OS X side will be great for everything else from podcasting, blogging, posting vids on YouTube (thank you integrated webcam), the net, and of course video and picture editing.
Since my PC died I’ve gotten used to the old Mac G4 and the OS X setup (it is on 10.3.9). But, it’ll be nice to have Leopard since many Mac programs require the newer OS. After I get used to the new iMac I’ll give GarageBand a whirl for podcasting.
Unfortunately I lost a lot, if not all, of my old audio files for the podcast. The intro, exit music, theme music, songs, and even the old podcasts. This means a complete rebuilding from the ground up. New music, new format, new everything. That will cause a disparity between the old and new but it will also revitalize the podcast.
I’ve gotten used to Cyberduck instead of SmartFTP and it is really handy for the blog and other website endeavors. My only complaint with the program is its lack of alphabetizing the files and folders for me. I’ll continue to use it on my new Mac with great success.
A lot will stay the same despite some changes. This means that you, the reader, won’t notice any major schism with my new machine. The blog will behave the same, podcasts will be back (yay), and I’ll still discuss all things gaming in Massachusetts.
Until then I shall keep plugging along.