Where have I been?
Since I started work last Monday, I’ve been glued firmly to my chair working like a maniac. My new posing work is pretty challenging! This is the first time in a long while that I have worked on something that has realistic and traditional looking character that it takes me time to complete the poses. The show also has a loose style of outline so I had to work on that too.
So it’s been pretty wild, my first week of work. What made it even wilder was when my new 8-Core Mac Pro and 30″ Apple Cinema Display got delivered last Friday:
I was not expecting them to arrive that early. I placed an order last Monday just before I started work. I chose to lease it so as not to break the bank and use up all my capital.
When it got delivered Friday morning, I was pretty stoked! I had to restrain my desire to set them right up, otherwise I would not be able to get any work done.
When evening arrived, I was finally able to set them them up:
Set up was a breeze! I said before that the reason I go for Macs is because they are ready out of the box. The Mac Pro is no exception. I was up and running in roughly ten minutes! Try doing that with a Windows PC!
One thing I can say about the Mac Pro: it’s one hell of a sexy beast! It has an all aluminum casing which makes it ultra-sleek. It’s one heavy machine too!
The only thing that is more sexier than the Mac Pro was the 30″ Apple Cinema Display. I’ve read how this LCD monitor was described as something stunning, and it is!
When I finally fired up my new workstation, I was very, very impressed. It is wickedly fast! I ordered the stock configuration and only have the standard 2 GB of RAM. It’s enough for me to see the difference between this and my iMac.
And the Mac Pro is very quiet too, quite the opposite of my loud, noisy old PC. I can barely hear the fans running. With the Mac Pro and the iMac running at the same time, it’s very quiet indeed!
The 30″ Apple Cinema Display is awesome. With all that real estate I can really, really see what I am working on! You can tell from this shot of my new set up how huge it is and how it dwarfs my 20″ iMac:
And so here you go: my all Mac set up:
People might think that these Macs are expensive. Actually, they are. But configure a similar spec Windows machine to what I have right now and the cost will almost be the same. In fact, my Mac Pro cost almost the same as my old PC when I bought that one two years ago!
I had to work overtime during this weekend so I had the chance to run my new set up through its paces. Everything worked flawlessly and smoothly.
The Mac Pro now becomes my regular workstation. All posing and animation work will all be done on this machine.
The iMac is my back-up machine. I use it to back-up all my work. I have a network running at my home office, so sharing files between these two Macs is a breeze.
I also have Windows XP running on VMWare running on it so I can use Internet Explorer to access my client’s intranet page and download and submit all my scenes.
All the rest that I need to do such as sending and receiving emails, sending and receiving instant messages, internet surfing, word processing and the like, I do on the iMac.
And there you have it. I might add a “Gear” page on my blog so I can list all my equipment and give everyone an idea what I use to run my animation business. That might come much, much later as I have to get ready for work once again!