Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Geek Porn

For those of you with a geeky bent, here are some filthy porno shots of my new baby: a Mac Pro.

Armed with Dual 2GHz Woodcrest 64bit Intel Xeon processors (4MB L2 cache, 1.33GHz bus speed), two 250GB SATA hard drives ("Lucifer" and "Damien"), 3GB RAM, Radeon X1900 512MB graphics card, multi-layer DVD-RW, Bluetooth and Wireless Airport Networking, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, endless USB and Firewire ports: all for rather under £2k.

Needless to say, the whole thing is screamingly fast (even with Photoshop running under Rosetta emulation) compared to my four (?) year old G4.


Yes, that aluminium enclosure is lovely (and makes a great sound when you tap it) but it's the inside which is an engineer's fantasy...


Everything neatly packed in with no trailing wires, etc. The hard drives simply fit into the caddies and then you push them into place: there are no fiddly wires to connect. The RAM chips are mounted onto riser boards (which come out of the machine completely) and fit into place very neatly.

This morning, fitting a new hard drive and two new RAM chips took me just under eight minutes, total.

Most importantly, having been used to the "wind-tunnel" G4 PowerMac, this machine is almost totally silent. All I can hear is the occasional whirring of the hard drive.

Having said that, my old G4 (pictured below) is far from obsolete. It's a Dual 867MHz processor G4 PowerMac, with two hard drives (60GB and 120GB) and 1.5GB RAM, with a multi-layer DVD-RW and decent graphics card (can't remember which one just now, but it's 64MB, I think), Bluetooth, Ethernet, a keyboard and Apple Mighty Mouse (up to seven programmable buttons).


Although I shall be sad to part from my faithful friend (yes, I do feel that strongly about my Macs: it's a wrench letting any of them go), if anyone wants to make me an offer, feel free (I will take a working version of Windows XP (which I can run on my new machine) as part exchange, by the way: I need to test websites in Internet Explorer). Otherwise, the poor chap will be going onto eBay, I suspect.

Right, that's the end of the geek porn session*.

DISCLAIMER: thanks to The Dude, I have realised another dream, and now own 248 shares in Apple...


* If any Windows users want to point out that Macs are crap, please, just save your breath. Unix/Linux geeks will be tolerated since the Mac OS is essentially a Linux system these days. And, yes, you can shell into it directly, through the Terminal application.**

** Similarly, people pointing out that a computer is "just a tool" will also get short shrift. A pen is just a tool, but there's a massive fucking difference between a biro and a good fountain pen.

14 comments:

Trixy said...

Nope. I still don't get it.

Sacerdote said...

Funnily enough, I read that as Greek Porn, and wondered if it was some reference to Mr Eugenides or back-door action, not that the two are in any way connected.

Roger Thornhill said...

The new Powermacs are great engineering - 4 drive bays again. Simplicity and usability are so hard to achieve yet so simple to use (and often unappreciated).

I had a Dual 1.62Mhz version of your old G4 and that was a hovercraft when it got busy but a lusty performer at the time. Am now on a G4 Powerbook and the lack of second CPU really bites.

An 8-core Mac is due at some point, so I might be tempted to plump for one of those then.

Otherwise my 7 year old G4 400Mhz will do as a standby desktop.

Disillusioned and Bored said...

I am totally with you on the mac front. I was a long time PC user and converted to a 12" PowerBook G4 18 months ago. It is a workhorse. It never lets me down. I've never had to reinstall my operating system and it just gets the job done. My one complaint is that Excel is not great on the mac. Other than that I will never go back. By the way, I'm going to Digg this article.

Shotgun said...

When will Mac snobs realise that for a little under 2k you can get a better spec than that, and the same manufacturer, with quad core intels?

This piece of rubbish is already obsolete and you paid how much?

Peter Risdon said...

I know it's pedantic, but OS X is a form of BSD unix, not Linux. Having just seen a small contribution of my own make it into the FreeBSD ports tree - albeit just a couple of lines of comment in one file - I'm feeling protective. Apple forked FreeBSD, called it Darwin, and put the nice interface on top.

knirirr said...

Awesome porn.
:-)'''''''

Shotgun said...

I think Mac OS whatever and Windshite are just marking time before Linux, in whatever form, takes centre stage from them all. Microsoft is developing a form of Linux, so even they know the writing is on the wall.

Disillusioned and Bored said...

Shotgun - "When will Mac snobs realise that for a little under 2k you can get a better spec than that, and the same manufacturer, with quad core intels?"

Maybe, but it will be thrown together with very little thought given to the overall design of the product and will be a mess of OEM parts. Oh yeah, and with the greatest respect to Linux, you'll probably have to run windows... which is shit.

Myrddin Wen said...

You dont want one of those... you'll want one of these...

http://www.physorg.com/news90477426.html

Devil's Kitchen said...

Shotgun,

You may have missed my "Windows people get stuffed warning" but I have just speched a Dell for the same (roughly): £3,324.00

DK

Mr Eugenides said...

I read that as "Greek porn" too, and though you had found some of my back catalogue on some jazz website. Frankly, from there on in the post was a disappointment.

Prodicus said...

Argh. And I thought I was sad.

Dr John Crippen said...

DK

I am worried about you.

There is help out there you know. Get a life. Take a mistress - you can't shag an Apple, there is no slot.

That will be 20 guineas


John