On New Years Day, I paid a visit to the Fashion Valley Apple Store here in San Diego. I was on a mission to buy a new computer.
For the past 5.5 years, I have been using a Mac G5 (Pre Intel) with a dual 2.3 GHz processor. This system was fully loaded with RAM, and I honestly had no complaints about the speed while working in Photoshop. My large format scans are 2GB, and the file size only gets larger when I use layers. It’s not uncommon to have a file size larger than 10GB.
On my old system, these files took a long time to open. That was my only speed bump. After opening the file Photoshop was fast.
As time has passed, software incompatibility has become a serious issue. Video editing software in particular was the breaking point.
My new video setup is a Panasonic TM700. This is the camera that I will use for all of video journals. Like most video cameras these days, the TM700 shoots in the AVCHD format.
Apple’s iMovie ’08 was the first version to support AVCHD. Even though I was running Leopard, and I had iMovie ’08 installed on my G5, I was not able to connect to the camera because the software required an Intel chip.
This leads me to my visit to the Apple Store on New Years Day.
The modern incarnation of my G5 is now known as the Mac Pro. It comes in three flavors: good (quad core), amazing (8 core), and ridiculous (12 core). I chose the “amazing” 8 core option, which comes standard with 6GB of RAM. I was helped by two very knowledgeable people, and it was a great experience.
I’d like to think that I single-handedly helped Steve Jobs pay his mortgage this month.
In the past, the excitement of a new computer was short-lived. The moment of bliss was rudely interrupted by re-installing software, transferring POP3 email settings, and making sure I grabbed all my obscure files off the hard drive. Ultimately, the migration from old to new was a nightmare.
This was my first time going from an old Mac to a new Mac.
Upon turning on the new system, I was prompted to connect both computers with a Firewire 800 cable. I did so, and waited for the magic to happen. After nearly 30 minutes, the process was complete.
All of my software (Photoshop, Quickbooks, Transmit FTP, etc) all transferred flawlessly. There was no need to install a single program. When I reconnected my external hard drives, I found that the backup software was also in perfect condition. My email settings, bookmarks, and everything else were untouched.
I scoured my computer to find *something* that was not transferred. I couldn’t find anything.
Really — it WAS that easy.
Critics will say that I could have bought a Windows 7 machine with identical stats for much less — I will not argue that fact. The “Apple Tax” is alive and well.
However, this effortless migration from one system to another makes it worthwhile.
After scrubbing the hard drive on my G5, and giving it a clean install of Leopard, it’ll end up on Ebay. Thanks G5! You’ve served me well!