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My New Computer (finally)
After we'd paid off our house's mortgage it meant that we could look to other things that had been on hold (for 6 years ).
Being a creature of habbit, and wanting to repay good service in the past, I initially went back to Mark at Sigmacom but he wasn't building desktops anymore... but he did send me to someone who he trusted who would build my dream machine!
And David at Enspire did a great job! I didn't really have much of an idea of the specifications that I wanted, but just that I wanted a fast computer that will not keep me waiting. And I'm impressed with the results! I think the first "test" I did was a 60 image AutoPano stitch... and it just flew through that exercise! It's got a SSD for the OS, a bucket load of RAM and an i7 Extreme... and this nifty sideways case that blows all the hot air out the top (which definitely seems more thermodynamically correct to me).
Anyway, here's what it looks like (I kept the two Samsung monitors from my last desktop -- which has become a deskbottom that I can remote into when I need to).
That third monitor is a Wacom Cintiq. I had a Wacom 12" tablet and it was useful, but I never got over the eye-hand thing; and although I've just got the Cintiq, it is absolutely awesome!
Actually, I think I got the last one in Australia I'd ordered it through David but the delivery had failed when I picked it up, and continued to fail... until the Japanese Tsunami, which has apparantly severely affected a Wacom factory and the Cintiq production. When David got the news that the order was not going to be filled any time soon I decided to go looking for another one. 99% of stores were out of stock (the same reason I'd guess), but then I stumbled on one in a South Australian shop that said it was their last one! Well, I bought it straight away (didn't take much to decide -- I didn't think that when Wacom got its production back on track that Australia would be at the top of their priority list ).
So I'm hoping/planning to do some more graphically too... and have already started experimenting on a new project with Project Dogwaffle in animation mode (which is new for me).