Saturday, July 26, 2008

Holy Shit

My PC died. Some would say good riddance, I guess. Maybe I will too. But I was certainly upset when it happened. And it was a good computer. One of those Falcon Northwest gamer things. I’d had it for about five years. I left it running in Photoshop for an hour or so the other evening and when I came back, it was frozen. When I restarted, it wouldn’t boot. Corrupted registry. It might be possible to rebuild the registry, but doing that will wipe the hard drive. Fortunately, I’m good about backing up, and didn’t lose any pictures, at least to speak of.

So now I think I’m going to switch the whole photography thing over to Mac. I’ve had the MacBookPro on which I’m writing for about a year, and love it. But it’s amazing what a switch like this entails. First, a new copy of Photoshop. (Although, to my surprise, the people at Adobe were pretty cool about it and I’m getting a cross-platform upgrade to CS3 for Mac at the regular upgrade price.) Then a Mac version of the printer RIP I use. Then a new pen tablet. Then the Mac version of the sharpening software I like. And new scanner software. And then, of course, the computer itself, because I know this 15-inch laptop won’t do it for long, even with some extra RAM from the Apple store.

But, as you can probably tell, I’m actually kind of enjoying this, and glad to have an excuse to make the switch. Although it’s terrifying to think where I would be right now if I hadn’t backed up. A cautionary tale for all.