Wait, it’s not supposed to take 5 minutes to get online?

by Ginger on November 15, 2008

in Random

Who knew?

The computer N.C. and I use at home is about 4 years old. Since N.C. is an artist and illustrator, there are significant chunks of space taken up with his work. My new photography hobby has added to the clutter. We have old software, and generally everything is really slow. The title today is no lie, there are times that even with our high speed internet it takes us 5 minutes to get online because it taxes the poor computer too much. And forget trying to batch edit large photographs, the computer would just…stop. Try coming back in 30 minutes or so when the programs have unlocked themselves.

Well, no longer. Thursday, our new toy got delivered, one that will make life faster, easier, and (hopefully) a little more efficient.

Meet the new iMac:

This thing? Is AWESOME. It’s faster, more agile, has updated software, is easier to work on (we can actually have itunes playing while we work online without the computer having a coronary!). Best of all, we got a refurbished computer (there’s one little tiny pixel blown out), so we got it at a pretty sweet discount. And we paid for it in cash after saving up for several months, so we didn’t take on any debt to buy the thing. I’m so excited by this shiny new toy.

One thing we weren’t quite prepared for? This thing is mammoth. Enormous. Gi-hugic! Um, yeah, 24 inches of monitor. 24. I really didn’t know what to expect when we ordered it. I mean, I knew 24 inches was bigger than our computer, but it didn’t really dawn on me how much bigger. Let’s just say, it gives our old computer an inferiority complex.

(ignore the kitty nose print smudges on the old computer)

Here’s a great example. On the screen of the new mac, you can see the wordpress “write post” page. That screen…didn’t fit on the old monitor. It barely fit the top 1/2 of the page. Ah, the joy of this monster! Earlier, my husband was playing with some of his files in InDesign that he used to have to scroll around to see the edges of…now he can not only see full documents, but there’s room on the screen for reference images and all the toolbars he needs. Oh, the possibilities!

We debated long and hard about buying such a pricey computer right now…the economy being what it is and all. And Macs are by no means a wallet friendly purchase, even with the discount for buying refurb. But frankly, his freelance jobs were taking 3-4 times the amount of time that they needed to due to the limitations on the old computer. We weren’t able to multitask when we were on the computer without the thing crashing, extending our time on whatever we were working on. The loss of time, in all seriousness, was a loss of money, sanity, and marital harmony. It was just time to upgrade.

The only bad thing? I just want to sit and play with it now!

Kat November 15, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Macs are ridiculously awesome !!!! As soon as you learn about the differences, you’ll probably love it. I mean, it’s totally awesome. i’ve been hooked on Macbooks since I got my first one last year.

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Jamie November 15, 2008 at 7:35 pm

I love my Macbook more than life. I really want an iMac too though!

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michelle woo November 15, 2008 at 11:09 pm

Oooooh. Ahhhhhh. I’m officially jealous. I wanna play!

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Jessica November 16, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Wow that is awesome. When I upgraded to my Macbook from my 1990 laptop machine, I was amazed at how fast the internets could actually be!

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mebeingrandom November 18, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Im jealous now! I’ve been wanting one of those big screens for soooooo long!

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