iMac – you mac

After seven months of more or less non-stop working like crazy to establish a foothold in Boston and keep up with the exigencies of life, I’m finally to the point where I can pay (some) attention to the work I wanted to do when I arrived.

The work itself is hard to articulate in less than a few thousand words, but a simplistic take on it is that I want to make a game.

In order to make myself focus on work, I ditched my MacBook Pro for a MacBook. Having no 3d capability to speak of, it eliminated the temptation to write games when I should’ve been working.

Yesterday I finally got myself a new machine that does have dedicated 3D; the 24″ iMac. For a thousand dollars less than the Mac Pro, it has enough graphics oomph to give me the graphic fidelity I need; I’m no super 3d artist or anything so most of the visual effects of the game will have to wait until I can con an artist into working with me.

I’m fairly happy with it. Firstly, the keyboard is a thing of beauty. It’s basically a refined version of the keyboard on the MacBook with slightly more spacious function keys and a full number pad. It’s commentary of some sort that a number pad makes me so happy.

I was this >< close to getting the 20″ iMac, but I have also developed something of a sweet tooth for TV on iTunes, and, well… the 24″ is juust bigger enough to be substantially more compelling when viewing at about six feet.

I’ve yet to figure out whether the built-in speakers will suffice for most of my video watching, but the screen will certainly suffice.

Even the Mighty Mouse is not as apocalyptically awful as I thought it would be. The ball, which felt horribly sloppy to me when I first used it, turns out to be very responsive to your movements, which almost makes it tolerable. The one thing that bugs me is that the right mouse button doesn’t seem to work if the left button is being touched at all, which is definitely requiring me to change my finger-wiggling habits.

Mac OS Leopard is also pretty durn spiffy; I haven’t used much of it yet, but the new look is a welcome change and the improvements to Mail.app quite welcome.

I also bought an upgrade to Unity, the 3D game environment I’m coding in, and I really look forward to diving into that – just as soon as the firm I’m consulting in association with gets around to getting me a machine like they said they would, so I can take this bad boy home.

2 thoughts on “iMac – you mac

  1. Firstly, the keyboard is a thing of beauty. It’s basically a refined version of the keyboard on the MacBook with slightly more spacious function keys and a full number pad. It’s commentary of some sort that a number pad makes me so happy.

    Heh. I recently got a USB keyboard for my MacBook Pro for the same reason. The full size navigation pad makes me incredibly happy. Navigation with PgUp/PgDn/Home/End! No more fuzziness of the scroll wheel or unwieldiness of the chorded keys!

    Why oh why can’t Apple have these four keys as standard on all portables?

  2. I dunno. I’m frankly quite put out that the Bluetooth version of this lovely keyboard being shorn of those extra keys as well. Don’t even get me started on the “mighty” mouse; crappiest apple mouse since the hockey puck. Latest beef: I just discovered you can’t click the other button while holding down one. I keep imagining that Steve Jobs lives in some weird muppet land where everyone has a single finger to their name.

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