Behold, the Power! (Tower of Power, I guess)
February 01, 2008
Today I'm fully functional on my new Mac Pro. This bad boy has 8 cores of processing goodness; 8 GB of RAM and a 750 GB hard drive. I should also mention that its ginormous, but still fits under my desk.

You might rightfully ask, "What in God's name do you need all that horsepower for?" Well, that's a good question. My MacBook Pro is coming up on 2 years old. It was the first of the Intel line of MacBook Pro notebooks, and although its served me well, it doesn't quite have the juice to keep up with today's pro applications like Aperture, Photoshop, DVDStudio, etc. Despite being massively multi-threaded, you couldn't run a development app on a virtualized Windows server AND edit photos at the same time. You also probably wouldn't think I would ever do this, but in fact I did.

In addition, I can now finally tackle some of my nascent hobbies, including:

Gene sequencing
Processing SETI data in search of extra-terrestrials
Factoring large prime numbers

The MacBook Pro is sticking around, despite its comically large size. It has lots of miles on it, but since I already own the comically large briefcase, I'm set to travel.

With the new workstation I did buy a second display. John stopped by on our way to WeeklyBarNight. When he saw all the displays, he rightly remarked, "Houston, we have a problem..."

tags: technology