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For some reason, late last week I started wanting to completely overhaul my computer setup-- in short, I'm in the throes of raging techno-lust. I want to get a big, fancy Mac, and a top-of-the-line Cintiq to use on it, all for the purpose of drawing furries, ponies, and Ghostbusters. Go fig.

I did buy myself a terrific little color printer, and I have no regrets. But the rest? $3,000+ dollars of hardware and software when I've already got a system that works? Why, lizard brain? What's your motivation? Why now? And why that setup? You do know that we're looking at the real possibility of an income drop soon, right?

Will I indulge? No. I splurged on that scale last year with the proton pack, I can't justify doing it again. I'd be better off investing a bit of money into sexing up my current (working) system. A new tablet that doesn't keep forgetting how to be pressure-sensitive? I might be able to cover that with commissions. I don't need an enormous iMac just for that.

Stop pouting, lizard brain. Don't think I don't see what you're doing there.

-The Gneech


Jun. 1st, 2012 01:49 am (UTC)
"Solid-state" hard drive. I gather that they're faster than the usual magnetic ones, but that's all I know about it.

Jun. 1st, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
Think of it as a hard-drive equivalent of SD-RAM. No moving parts, non-volatile computer memory. Since there are no moving parts, it's more energy-efficient, and not as subject to impact shocks (no heads or platters for them to crash into). That's not entirely accurate, but it's a decent layman's working model.
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Jun. 1st, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
I have done exactly as Berin suggest above. The OS and programs go on the SSD C: drive while large blobs of data such as virtual machines go on D:. I do keep documents on the SSD and back up nightly to D: as I like the instant loading times.

The practical lifespan of the current generation of Samsung and Intel SSD devices is so long that most of us will never see a failure:

The SMART report for my heavily used 18 month old Intel SSD indicates that it will start to fail (/me does math) somewhere after the year 2049. There is no SMART metric for my WD or Seagate drives, however the pile of dead drives in my bottom drawer would indicate they are likely to fail somewhat sooner than that.


Jun. 2nd, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
...however the pile of dead drives in my bottom drawer would indicate they are likely to fail somewhat sooner than that.

*Snrk!* You, m'friend, have a distinctly wicked deadpan delivery!

To be fair, the lifespan of these things does depend somewhat on the uses they're put to, but for the most part, your evaluation is accurate. Most people simply don't do the sort of high-intensity work which would cause a noticeable failure rate in the length of time they're likely to keep using the system.
Jun. 2nd, 2012 06:50 am (UTC)
Deadpan is as deadpan does my pappy used to say ;-P

While I'm not using my SSD equipped laptop as a high volume DB or build server, I do run the snot out it compared to most normal users.

The Samsung I have now will be going into a desktop box just for the shear speed boost. Plan is to migrate the OS and Apps to the SSD and keep the 1TB WD Black drive for Stuff like music, backups of the SSD and what not.

Jun. 13th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
Ah don know 'bout you, but I tends to put mah busted computer parts out on cinder blocks in the front lawn. Ah'm a redneck of the Twennifirst Century.

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