I am diverging from my normal photography and photography related posts and pages for once. In this case I am talking about computers, my other hobby. If you are keeping score at home I really have 5 hobbies (I don’t count my family, they are full time job/passion). Photography, Computers, Cars, Books and the outdoors/backpacking. There really isn’t an order to those hobbies as at any given time one of them tends to be a dominant hobby while the others take a bit of a back seat.
I’ve decided to start a small computer subsection to my photography blog. In part because I know even some of you old film shooters out there use computers, probably even for your hobby. I certainly do. My workflow tends to be take the picture, develop the film, scan the film, perform any edits and then get the scanned image printed. Two of those 5 steps require a computer (arguably 3 of the 5), though what computer is a little less important than what film and what camera/lens equipment you are using and much less than the caliber of photographer. It is still important and one of my major hobbies/time sucks.
So in the interests of possible reader interest and more in my own interests of liking to blab about anything and everything I care about (don’t worry, I probably will never bother you about politics) computers are now a semi-occasional topic of conversation on my blog. Anything photography related right? Even if tangentially?
A few weeks back I recently replaced my aging old Pentium 4 computer (2.53ghz) that is really a Frankenstein of a computer that has had parts cobbled together over the last nearly decade in it. Hand-me-downs mostly have kept it running all those years. My last all new computer was back in the year of our lord two thousand and one, or as I prefer to say it Freshman year of college/2001CE.
The new machine is a balance of price, performance and green features. Yeah, even with computers I can’t get away from trying to be as eco-friendly as I can whilst still entertaining my hobbyist nature and consumerist ways. Meh. From lovely Newegg I purchased
-MSI P43-C51 motherboard
– Intel Core 2 Duo E7500, 2.83ghz
– G.Skill ECO series 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 1600 memory (7-8-7-24-2N)
– Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB hard drive
– Powercolor Go! Green Radeon 5570 video card
After it all arrived I realized the case I had didn’t have a power supply that was ATX 2.2 compatible, so off to Newegg for a new PSU as well. Which mean I was able to upgrade to a Corsair 400CW 400 Watt power supply (80 plus rated).
Threw it all together and it finally worked, great! The computer bug has bitten me again though.
As an early/late Birthday present I also bought an OCZ Vertex 60GB SSD (Solid State Disk) which arrive yesterday and is wonderful and will be ordering Windows 7 soonish. The SSD is going to be used as a boot drive with Windows 7 on it with the F3 500GB drive being used for secondary applications, games and picture/music/video storage. Just running a few tests such as Adobe image load time, the Vertex SSD is blinding fast. 13 40gb Tiffs loaded in a bit under 4 seconds compared to about 9-10 seconds from the F3 Hard drive!
That is it for now, but check out my computer page, when I have it up (today?) for more musings, thoughts, experiences, etc.