Assorted Udderances take a pull offa Ben's pipe

31Jan/111

A new Mac Pro is on the way

As a follow-up to my previous post, I've followed through and a Mac Pro is following along.

My decision to move now was spurred by a reminder last week about a temporary tax incentive (CCA class 52) the makes capital purchases of computer equipment eligible for a 100% write-off – but only if purchased before the end of January 2011 (that's today).

So I ordered one last night from the Apple online store – a refurbished model, actually. Though this will be my first experience with an Apple refurb, the option was a no-brainer: selection is good, prices are generally hundreds of dollars less than nominal, and products carry a full warranty and are eligible for AppleCare.

The machine is a 2.8 GHz quad-core "Nehalem" Xeon with ATI Radeon 5770 (1GB) graphics, plus the usual array of bells and whistles. I'm looking forward to kicking it in speedy style with the latest Xcode and iOS toolchain, and Aperture on the 27" display.

12Jan/112

I ordered a Dell U2711 monitor today

This afternoon I ordered a Dell UltraSharp U2711 27" display, an investment I've been contemplating for awhile.

At my office, where I mostly do software development but also occasional photographic and video editing, I've been working for several years on a Power Mac G5 tower with a pair of 20" Apple Cinema Displays.  This setup has been great, but is also getting long in the tooth.

The computer itself chugs painfully with Aperture, and the lack of Intel processor is becoming an increasing barrier to productivity; developing for iPhone (and now the Mac App Store) on my 15" Mac Book Pro is arduous at best.

As for the displays, their backlights are starting to slightly fade and I can no longer match the white balance on both displays even after profiling.  And a bigger screen will make a new computer seem even faster, right?

By my research the U2711 seems to have earned a consistently good reputation, sporting a fantastic colour-accurate matte panel, decent mechanical adjustments, and more input types than one could ever need.

While replacing the computer is of greater urgency, today's one-day price on this monitor — $749, down from $1249 — was the most affordable I've yet seen, so I decided the opportunity should be taken.  Surely a new Mac Pro will follow, eventually.