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To MacPro or not to MacPro, that is the question

250 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

ProApple has finally released the long awaited MacPro. Based on the specifications, this machine is, for lack of a better word, monstrous. The introductory model starts with a 3.7GHz quad-core processor, 12GB of Ram, 256GB of flash storage, and dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM each.This is a great system, that starts out at $2999.00. It is roughly the size of a roll of paper towels. For the normal and even most power users, I would recommend that you pass on it. I know you are shocked. Where I have always been the Apple Fanboy, telling anyone that will listen to run out and but the new shiny Apple device. This is not that case. This machine has some of the best specifications I have found for any single device. That being said, for the normal user, the MacPro is a gross overkill. For a normal user that is using their Mac to edit pictures or iMovie, to Aperture or Final Cut Pro X. Pretty much any of the newer devices can   perform all of the functions that you are looking for, with the exception on maybe the MacBook Air. (Don’t take this as a slight on the MacBook Air, The Air is a great devices with 12 hours of battery life, but the processor is not as robust as that of the MackBook Pro or the iMac.) The new MacPro, is targeted just for this, Computer professionals. By that I mean users that are editing photos or video for a living. While these are devices are great, the “normal” user takes pictures, cleans them up and uploaded them to FaceBook or video to YouTube.

While this can be used I would suggest a $1,200 iMac, or an $1,200 MacBook Pro. If you need a device that can travel with you, The MacBook Pro is built to please. Not to say were one to be given to me that I would refuse it. Now that the entire Apple line has been released, which one are you looking for? As for me I run two. For my normal email, web surfing and so on, I use my MacBook Air with 8 GB of Ram, for more heavy lifting, such as  editing and compressing video, I use my iMac that has 12 GB Ram, and is my hub. (Many may remember Steve Jobs saying that the theory was the Mac would be the hub of your digital life and all of your peripherals were  going to be connected to the hub. It took me a few years to understand and grasp the concept, but now that has become a HUGE part of my workflow.)

So what do you Pro toll users think? To Mac Pro or to not Mac Pro?

Back to the future

257 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

With 2013 behind us, we turn our focus to the future of Apple products. Any Apple enthusiast knows that 2014 will hold new Macs, iPods, iPhones, and iPads. That is expected every year. No one needs to be told that these products are going to be released, but what I want to talk about is [...]

A look at the past

263 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

At the end of the year, I tend to be more nostalgic. I’m not sure why I got the idea to think about the past, but here we are.My generation is probably the last one to remember life without technology. When growing up most in my neighborhood had only one television, and the idea of [...]

Remember the Information Superhighway

271 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Back in the 90’s the big buzzword was Information Superhighway popularized by then Vice-President Al Gore. While the vision at the time was grand, in reality it really wasn’t super. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good start, for example being able to send a message across the country in minutes rather than days. [...]

To the cloud?

278 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Since the beginning of the computer age people have been striving for a more cost effective, safe way to save their respective bits to some medium for use later. At the start of my computing career, we used reel to reel tapes, which would eventually become cassette tapes when home computers came out. Then came [...]

Should I go SSD?

285 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | 2 Comments

This is a question that I get quite a bit, so I figured I’d post my thoughts on the matter here. For those that don’t know, an SSD stands for Solid State Drive. SSD drives are finally coming down in price and making them a great substitute for the older “spinning” drive. One of the [...]

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