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Although I have a Mac Pro at my home office desk... 13,339 Views / 159 Replies  
Although I have a Mac Pro at my home office desk and love Apple stuff, I recently bought HP i7 desktops for my engineering employees. $1250 for a tower with 9 GB of RAM (expandable to 24 GB, I...
Posted by Bwa, on Dec 27, 2009 at 07:48 PM, in Mac Desktops
Brother laser printers are notorious current... 877 Views / 14 Replies  
Brother laser printers are notorious current hogs, historically. You may want to run a good 15 amp/1800 watt extension cord--not a regular lamp cord (check the specs on the cord)--to another room...
Posted by Bwa, on Aug 5, 2009 at 11:53 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Is there some reason Amazon doesn't cut it? I... 1,213 Views / 13 Replies  
Is there some reason Amazon doesn't cut it? I bought my MacBook Pro from Amazon, no issue. There's an Amazon warehouse in Reno and shipping it quick to the Bay Area.

Definitely don't get the...
Posted by Bwa, on Jun 27, 2009 at 10:14 AM, in Mac Desktops
The "screen saver" is the iTunes visualizer,... 477,009 Views / 1,145 Replies  
The "screen saver" is the iTunes visualizer, zoomed in. The video performance is pretty bad, but it looks cool in a still shot.

The code is a filesystem-related product. Blue screens are code,...
Posted by Bwa, on Mar 29, 2009 at 01:39 PM, in Mac Desktops
Ack, I'm sorry about that--I guess I should have... 722 Views / 6 Replies  
Ack, I'm sorry about that--I guess I should have said I expected any questions to be sent through Craigslist.

Fortunately[?] I hadn't kept the box for the iMac. Or if I did, it's buried in the...
Posted by Bwa, on Mar 10, 2009 at 12:01 AM, in Marketplace
Very nice... Ergotron LX stands? 477,009 Views / 1,145 Replies  
Very nice... Ergotron LX stands?
Posted by Bwa, on Feb 22, 2009 at 10:48 AM, in Mac Desktops
Plugging into a HD TV is a completely different... 1,883 Views / 5 Replies  
Plugging into a HD TV is a completely different ballgame than the old days of plugging into a TV. I have a Windows HTPC for Hulu/NetFlix plugged into my 55" TV--the quality is less than Blu-Ray, but...
Posted by Bwa, on Feb 18, 2009 at 08:25 AM, in Mac Desktops
Since no one else is posting pictures (for 3... 477,009 Views / 1,145 Replies  
Since no one else is posting pictures (for 3 months!), I thought I'd post a few new shots of my Mac Pro's displays.

9920 x 1600

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3224/2856542558_05c236a5b5_b.jpg
...
Posted by Bwa, on Feb 17, 2009 at 06:44 PM, in Mac Desktops
I have a pair of RAID-0 2 TB WD external FW800... 2,171 Views / 17 Replies  
I have a pair of RAID-0 2 TB WD external FW800 drives on my Mac Pro. I am using software RAID-1 over the pair.

Even with the software RAID-1, they are noticeably faster than a single drive. My...
Posted by Bwa, on Feb 17, 2009 at 06:40 PM, in Mac Desktops
FS: 2.4 GHz 24" iMac (Boston area only) 722 Views / 6 Replies  
This is a local sale only--I don't want to deal with shipping it. Excellent condition. I write software, buy a lot of hardware, have frequent turnover, and take good care of my gear.
...
Posted by Bwa, on Feb 5, 2009 at 12:55 PM, in Marketplace
Sounds like you might need a SATA cable with a... 606 Views / 3 Replies  
Sounds like you might need a SATA cable with a right angle connector.
Posted by Bwa, on Dec 15, 2008 at 11:08 AM, in Mac Desktops
I wouldn't bother with the G5. If you _do_ go... 1,335 Views / 28 Replies  
I wouldn't bother with the G5. If you _do_ go the G5 route, get one of the dual core ones. I had a dual 2.0 single core/dual proc and a dual-core 2.3 G5. The dual-core box was significantly faster...
Posted by Bwa, on Nov 5, 2008 at 10:40 PM, in Mac Desktops
Ah. Well, if it is the RAM, that's "good" in... 2,067 Views / 10 Replies  
Ah. Well, if it is the RAM, that's "good" in that it's easy to replace and you won't lose any data in replacing it. Good luck!
Posted by Bwa, on Nov 4, 2008 at 02:09 PM, in Mac Desktops
check for ECC errors 2,067 Views / 10 Replies  
If you have an ATI X1900 video card, I'd start there--I believe a lot of those were known to be bad.

If you don't, read on:

This could be almost anything, but one thing that's easy to check is...
Posted by Bwa, on Nov 4, 2008 at 12:38 PM, in Mac Desktops
Eric, are you still using 2x22 + 2x24" Gateways? ... 477,009 Views / 1,145 Replies  
Eric, are you still using 2x22 + 2x24" Gateways? I remember your set-up. I had 2x24" Gateways and tried to grow to 4x24" but I couldn't seem to get 2 new panels that didn't squeal and, in the end,...
Posted by Bwa, on Nov 2, 2008 at 11:03 PM, in Mac Desktops
some new pictures 477,009 Views / 1,145 Replies  
My Mac Pro has 6 displays:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3224/2856542558_802437b2ed.jpg

The machine itself:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3077/2855290523_9ea5811f72.jpg

More pictures of...
Posted by Bwa, on Oct 28, 2008 at 10:18 PM, in Mac Desktops
I use Vonage; two lines with area codes on both... 2,418 Views / 17 Replies  
I use Vonage; two lines with area codes on both coasts. If I need to carry my phone lines with me on the plane, I can just take the adapter. When I'm at home, the adapter sits in the closet and is...
Posted by Bwa, on Sep 14, 2008 at 05:57 PM, in MacNN Lounge
my office 477,009 Views / 1,145 Replies  
I haven't posted pictures of my office since January, so...

New office is in a new space; did some remodeling before moving in. Dedicated sub-panel, in-wall audio and Ethernet, etc.

Before you...
Posted by Bwa, on Sep 14, 2008 at 12:55 PM, in Mac Desktops
$65ish in Cupertino, $30 in Boston. 3,761 Views / 213 Replies  
$65ish in Cupertino, $30 in Boston.
Posted by Bwa, on Sep 13, 2008 at 12:57 PM, in MacNN Lounge
My 2c 851 Views / 30 Replies  
This is not financial advice.

It may not even be good advice. I've day traded and made money doing it. But it's very intense; I don't think I could do it every day for weeks on end.

A few...
Posted by Bwa, on Sep 13, 2008 at 10:55 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Be aware that a $350 24" is may not be a very... 1,821 Views / 33 Replies  
Be aware that a $350 24" is may not be a very good panel (colors and/or light buzzzzzz). I tried to upgrade to 4x24" last year using some cheap 24" panels ($550/ea) and despite going through a lot...
Posted by Bwa, on Aug 19, 2008 at 01:23 PM, in Mac Desktops
Speaking from experience 1,821 Views / 33 Replies  
OK, I have a 30" Apple on my Mac Pro + 5 extra screens that make it comparable to 3x30" + a little extra.

I also have a 24" iMac with a 2nd 24" screen.

So speaking as someone with both: It...
Posted by Bwa, on Aug 18, 2008 at 10:33 PM, in Mac Desktops
I will add though, that I think 2x20" monitors is... 540 Views / 9 Replies  
I will add though, that I think 2x20" monitors is pretty small for such a system. My 2nd desktop for administrative tasks (invoicing, email, writing documents) is a 24" iMac with a 2nd 24" display. ...
Posted by Bwa, on Aug 11, 2008 at 10:43 AM, in Mac Desktops
I have a similar system. Apple has a bug with 3... 540 Views / 9 Replies  
I have a similar system. Apple has a bug with 3 2600s installed where they make a huge amount of fan noise. 2 installed are quiet. There's no higher temperatures with 3, it's just a bug. I filed...
Posted by Bwa, on Aug 11, 2008 at 10:41 AM, in Mac Desktops
I bought the cable expecting it would be... 1,466 Views / 12 Replies  
I bought the cable expecting it would be relatively easy to install, but it's still sitting in its bag after I looked at the directions. I have the 2008 Mac Pro. I've built dozens of PCs over the...
Posted by Bwa, on Aug 5, 2008 at 10:50 PM, in Mac Desktops
Poll: I had been insisting I would upgrade the day they... 2,794 Views / 67 Replies  
I had been insisting I would upgrade the day they came out since last August when I got the 1st gen iPhone.

But after seeing the new phone will be an extra $180/yr on top of the extra $240/yr that...
Posted by Bwa, on Jul 2, 2008 at 07:50 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
My MBP's front edge grabs onto my arm hair. It's... 2,395 Views / 43 Replies  
My MBP's front edge grabs onto my arm hair. It's quite painful. There is between the metal and the thin gray strip.

And, no, my arms are not that hairy.

My other complaint is that the screen...
Posted by Bwa, on Apr 13, 2008 at 10:00 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Imo, if you're sharing documents with others... 387 Views / 4 Replies  
Imo, if you're sharing documents with others using Office in your professional life, you need to have the compatible tools, even if it's just to double check that what you're sending and receiving is...
Posted by Bwa, on Apr 6, 2008 at 11:06 PM, in Applications
WTB - II, IIx, IIfx 329 Views / 1 Replies  
Looking for a Mac II, IIx, or IIfx. Don't care if it works; would like one in good cosmetic condition. Hopefully with no scratches or dings, minimal yellowing.

All I really want is the case. A...
Posted by Bwa, on Apr 5, 2008 at 07:58 AM, in Marketplace
This whole "dont boot from RAID" thing is a lot... 5,346 Views / 163 Replies  
This whole "dont boot from RAID" thing is a lot of BS as far as I'm concerned. I've been doing it for years and I used to work at tech companies developing enterprise storage appliances--thousands...
Posted by Bwa, on Apr 2, 2008 at 11:29 PM, in Mac Desktops
I do not have a sleep/reboot issue. Other... 16,069 Views / 98 Replies  
I do not have a sleep/reboot issue. Other annoyances, but not this one :-)

8x2.8, 12 gb of ram, 3x2600 video cards. 10.5.2, ordered the system on release day.
Posted by Bwa, on Mar 4, 2008 at 08:29 AM, in Mac Desktops
I don't get the posts about watching BD movies on... 12,512 Views / 94 Replies  
I don't get the posts about watching BD movies on a computer (or any other format of movies on the computer).

I want to burn BD discs of data. 50 GB on a disc is a heck of a lot more convenient...
Posted by Bwa, on Feb 8, 2008 at 07:28 AM, in Mac OS X
Furthermore, the G5s are power hungry and loud. ... 2,585 Views / 55 Replies  
Furthermore, the G5s are power hungry and loud. Some of them have squealing power supplies. My G5 was the buggiest Mac I have ever owned, and the only one I ever sold. Still have the 128, recently...
Posted by Bwa, on Feb 6, 2008 at 11:06 PM, in Mac Desktops
Running a screen saver on 6 screens here (3 2600... 4,718 Views / 32 Replies  
Running a screen saver on 6 screens here (3 2600 ATI cards) doesn't change the silence of my Mac Pro.
Posted by Bwa, on Feb 6, 2008 at 03:11 PM, in Mac Desktops
In my experience, these kinds of delays happen... 20,573 Views / 197 Replies  
In my experience, these kinds of delays happen when "we have to rewrite the code". I don't know if that's what's going on here (haven't been following this closely), but rewriting can contribute...
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 28, 2008 at 10:37 PM, in Delicious Monster
My G5 had that problem too. Drove me crazy... 4,718 Views / 32 Replies  
My G5 had that problem too. Drove me crazy because I could hear it just sitting at my desk. I am not recording with my Mac Pro but with my ear up to the case, I don't hear any of the chirping. ...
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 25, 2008 at 10:05 AM, in Mac Desktops
I've been having a number of issues where there... 505 Views / 2 Replies  
I've been having a number of issues where there is confusion about which app has focus, problems with wake from sleep, the list goes on and on. Hopefully a lot of this will be addressed in 10.5.2.
...
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 24, 2008 at 11:17 PM, in Mac Desktops
I hate OWC (horrible experience with them a... 3,636 Views / 50 Replies  
I hate OWC (horrible experience with them a number of years ago), but I bought my Mac Pro RAM from them since they had it first. Seems to work fine.
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 24, 2008 at 10:25 PM, in Mac Desktops
12 GB of RAM, 3 video cards, 4 hard drives in... 4,718 Views / 32 Replies  
12 GB of RAM, 3 video cards, 4 hard drives in mine.

Silent. Way quieter than my old 2 GHz dual G5 or my 1.25 GHz MDD (doesn't even compare really). I think my MacBook Pro is louder, but honestly...
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 24, 2008 at 10:11 PM, in Mac Desktops
In Jan 2007 I bought a Gateway laptop for $999 +... 2,146 Views / 41 Replies  
In Jan 2007 I bought a Gateway laptop for $999 + tax. Dual core AMD processor, 15", 1280x800, 2 GB of RAM and 160 GB hard disk. I was pretty proud of myself.

Until I realized how slow the laptop...
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 22, 2008 at 06:02 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Updated picture--new 8x2.8 GHz Mac Pro w/ three... 477,009 Views / 1,145 Replies  
Updated picture--new 8x2.8 GHz Mac Pro w/ three ATI 2600 video cards, 30" display. The other monitors are two 24" Gateways and two 17" Samsungs in portrait mode. 2.2 GHz MacBook Pro, and a...
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 19, 2008 at 09:58 AM, in Mac Desktops
Beware the cheaper displays. I don't know if the... 759 Views / 13 Replies  
Beware the cheaper displays. I don't know if the Apple displays are worth the cost, but I know some of the cheaper ones are not.

In Feb of last year I bought 2 Gateway 24" displays, each $710. I...
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 18, 2008 at 10:08 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Replace your X1900 card. 338 Views / 3 Replies  
Replace your X1900 card.
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 18, 2008 at 09:24 AM, in Mac Desktops
It seems to me that the cost of new motherboard +... 6,178 Views / 33 Replies  
It seems to me that the cost of new motherboard + new processors + new RAM + the resale value of your old Mac Pro will be greater than the cost of the new Mac Pro.
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 14, 2008 at 12:45 PM, in Mac Desktops
Long lead time on the RAM though. I ordered 2x1... 2,129 Views / 28 Replies  
Long lead time on the RAM though. I ordered 2x1 GB sticks and 4x2 GB on the 9th; still haven't shipped (but their web site does clearly say it's going to take a few days).
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 12, 2008 at 12:09 PM, in Mac Desktops
Great, thanks! 735 Views / 11 Replies  
Great, thanks!
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 11, 2008 at 10:05 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I believe the G4 MDDs had a max of 2 GB (4x512). ... 384 Views / 3 Replies  
I believe the G4 MDDs had a max of 2 GB (4x512). Certainly I had a 1.25 model with 2 GB in it at one point.
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 11, 2008 at 12:03 AM, in Mac Desktops
What's the minimum calibrator product for... 735 Views / 11 Replies  
What's the minimum calibrator product for multiple monitors? I had read on Spyder's site that the cheapest version doesn't support multiple displays... does anyone know what that really means?
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 9, 2008 at 12:36 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
No. 10,181 Views / 226 Replies  
No.
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 8, 2008 at 08:01 PM, in Mac Desktops
I would only be upset it they didn't offer an... 10,181 Views / 226 Replies  
I would only be upset it they didn't offer an upgrade kit separately.
Posted by Bwa, on Jan 8, 2008 at 07:59 PM, in Mac Desktops
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