MacStuff
Dell 2407

After waiting for over a month, the bell finally tolled, and a guy was out in the hallway, holding a cardboard box labeled with Dell. Ah, I thought, excellent. Been waiting for this. Been checking the mail daily for any clues on when it was going to be delivered. I have to say it’s not the best customer service, not letting him (or her) know approximately when the stuff ordered (and pay for) will arrive.

So I stamped the papers, and brought the box inside.

After waiting for over a month, the bell finally tolled, and a guy was out in the hallway, holding a cardboard box labeled with Dell. Ah, I thought, excellent. Been waiting for this. Been checking the mail daily for any clues on when it was going to be delivered. I have to say it’s not the best customer service, not letting him (or her) know approximately when the stuff ordered (and pay for) will arrive.

So I stamped the papers, and brought the box inside.

Hmmm, I thought, quite light. Compared to my 23“ Apple back home in Norway, this is a lightweight. So I put the box down, did a little dance, and started unpacking.

Stand (VESA compliant): Check.

Cables: Check.

CD-ROM for the Windozers: Check.

Monitor: Yes.

Was it easy to assemble? Hell, yes. Almost ingeniously simple.

Is it big? Sure. Together with the iMac I have 44” of screen.

So, how does this monitor fare?

Hard to say. Had it for 6 hours. So far it is ok. Had to calibrate the heck out of it for it to resemble the iMac’s 20“ screen, and I’m still not happy with it. It has a green tint that’s annoying, and it don’t seem to be even. Slightly greener in the upper right half than the rest of the display, but let’s see in a couple of days if it changes. The iMac seems a bit bluer in comparison, but at least it is evenly colored.

I have to say the colours on the Apple display is better. The Dell is quite a bit brighter, more contrast and maybe slightly faster. And it is ¥50000 ($440) cheaper. But, then again, you usually get what you pay for. As a friend of me use to say: if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.

As any PC-thingy this monitor has more ports and gadget openings than you can throw a stick at. Built in memory-card readers, USB ports, S-Video, Composite, Component, VGA, DVI-D (and most likely more). It can tilt, rotate (landscape/portrait), lift and lower. It don’t have any firewire ports, but what can you expect from a PC manufacturer?

The design is ok. Far from Apple-stylish, but it complements the iMac (black and white).

It gives of quite a lot of heat, almost as much as the iMac, so those two together takes care of heating the living-room.

The size of the monitor is, of course, great. 1920*1200 is enough to display 1080i (and more), and is a good companion to Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Electric Image, and the other apps I’m using in my daily life.

And running Parallels Workstation in full screen mode is great. Two OS’es at the same time, one on each monitor. OS X on one and Linux (or Windows when I feel the S&M-urge come) on the other.

And, since I have 256 megs of video memory, it drives what I need well enough.

Till next time…

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intel iMac
I’ve been a Mac-user since 1989. Mac SE/30 was the first one, and boy do I remember the day it came. I still remember driving home from my fathers office, where it got delivered. In the back seat it was, the box. I was like a kid (wait a minute. I was a kid&hellipWinking
The next one I had was a 8500, with a 604 PowerPC processor. It screamed! Then the iBook, with a G3, then the Ti PowerBook (G4). And now, here I am, in front of my shining white iMac. Powered by a dual core intel chip.

Any difference? No. Exept speed. Compared to any of my earlier Macintoshes, this one screams. Going back to the TiBook is like…torture by slowness.
Am I totally happy with the iMac? Let me say it like this: If I’d had the money I’d buy a 17“ MacBook Pro in an instant and not look back. I can’t wait for the towers to come out!!!
The future?

Now, where did I put those shades?
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MacJournal 4
In my ever ongoing search for software, I upgraded my MacJournal 3 to v. 4 today. This entry is, in fact, written in MacJournal 4 (from Mariner Software) and uploaded to my WordPress blog (if everything goes as planned, that is&hellipWinking
Am I exited? Well, I don’t know. If it works - great ! If not. !


OK. Update. Took about 2 minutes to check and be happy. Now we only have to see if this actually will make me more even in my updates on my blog.
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Native, Rosetta, Windows and 3DMax on the iMac
Native (Universal) apps are very fast. I got the upgrade to Final Cut Studio, and editing is fun again! Rosetta-apps are fast. Electric Image is faster than on my TiBook, but still slower than in Parallels Workstation (running Windows (almost)fullspeed on the Mac). And I don’t miss OS9 a bit. I even (it do be against my belief) run Windows in BootCamp on the iMac. Before you say anything else, let me explain why.

I run windows on it because I’m not buying a windows box! My wife needs windows to run 3DMax, and thats it. The moment they release a Mac-version of 3DMax, Windows flies out the window. It SUCKS!!!!! I hate the damn thing. How can the biggest software company in the world manage to make so many mediocre products and get all those suckers to actually like it? It only proves the ol’ saying. One is born every second… Man, what a clunky piece of JUNK!

3DMax seems to be a nice piece of software, but I’ll let Shino talk more about it in a later entry.
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