Ok, so I've learned to embrace my inner geek… Love it, even.
Technology is both fun and interesting, and as someone who works in a creative field, I am constantly intrigued by the possibilities technology can open up. Of course, there is an awful lot of dreck that gets attention just because it's technically cool…
Here are some of the things I know something about, with links to pages with more details.
I use a Mac. I began using them in 1997, and finally ditched PCs from my work and home computing in 2002. I know a lot about how my Mac works, and can even help others figure things out about their macs — but I will never be an IT guy or a Mac pundit. (And with people like this and this around, I don't think I want to be a mac pundit. Silly pundits.)
I own 2 macs, would love to have a 3rd, and have the use of a 17" MacBook Pro from work. I won't try to convert Windows-users — I just hope I never have to be one of them again.
I play around with a lot of different software, and some of it I even use seriously. I like to use open source whenever possible, but do not restrict myself to that.
A full list of things I use and test can be found here.
I also keep up-to-date by subscribing to a couple of RSS-feeds:
There are more computer resources out there than you can shake a stick at, all depending on what your needs are. This is my list, and you may find things here that are helpful to you. Still, don't be a lazy sod and expect others to do all the work for you; if you want a useful list of net resources for yourself, you actually have to do the work and find things that are useful to you.
- Norsk Mac wiki
- mac1.no: Norges Mac-portal
- Mac OSX hints
- Apple Pro tips
- Apple support
There is an endless amount of hardware that can be attached to a computer to increase it's functionality or appeal. Here are some of the things I would get / consider getting for my dream system — a Mac Pro, of course ;)
Lacie 324 LCD monitor
The move from CRT-based monitors to the various flat-screen technologies has created a problem for many creative professionals: the quality of colour-rendition, black levels and contrast is better in a CRT monitor than most LCDs and Plasmas. This affects both graphic professionals and film/video post production where colour is crucial.
4.5 mice from Macworld is pretty darn good, and I was especially interested to read that it has good response time for video as well. This means it could easily be used as a viewing monitor for an editing station.
Kristiansund, 24. april 2008