The time has come for a few upgrades around the house. First on the list (and accomplished today!) was an update for Jenny’s iPhone. A long while ago, her iPhone 3G suffered a smashed screen. It was still operable, and we weren’t eligible for an upgrade at the time, so she continued to use it. We finally became eligible back in March, and then had a whole lot of stuff going on and not a whole lot of desire to get to the mall. We finally got there today. They had a new iPhone 3GS 16GB in stock. She wasn’t interested in the new iPhone 4 ,so this worked out well. They don’t start selling stock iPhone 4’s until tomorrow, so while I am eligible for an upgrade and want to get the 4, I will wait. There are other pressing matters, for instance…
… Jenny needs a new laptop. The refurbished one that we got for her a few years ago went through two power adapters before the DC socket finally went to pieces. I was able to get the laptop running long enough to back up her old phone and restore the data to her new phone, but that’s as far as I got. She sat down at it a little while later, and the DC plug got a little out of position, causing the laptop to quickly die. Now I can’t get it to seat well enough to turn on at all. Blah. I hate the fact that Apple seems to be the only company who has successfully dealt with the DC power adapter hardware problem in a way that makes some modicum of sense. We’re going to be getting her onto a Macbook Pro 13. Say goodbye to the last full-time piece of Windows-running hardware in the house.
Finally, I’ve been getting frustrated with Aperture 3 since it was released. I read all sorts of good things about it, and decided that was the way I wanted to go. I had been using Aperture 3 for about a year, and was looking forward to some of the upgrades. When I heard about its impending release, I started to think about whether it was a good idea to stick with Aperture or move to Lightroom. I made the decision to stick with Aperture and upgrade to version 3, and I’ve been regretting it ever since. Aperture 3 is strongdog slow/strong on my not-so-old MBP (2.53GHz Core 2 Duo/4GB) running Snow Leopard. I don’t mean a little slow, either. I mean drastically slower, eating tons more RAM, and really beating on the processor when I ask it to do things. I used to be quite happy with Aperture 2’s performance and my ability to use it in conjunction with several other apps at the same time. This ability was important to my workflow. Well, Aperture 3 ended most of that. All of the new features that I was so excited about work fine for the first use on a photo, and then performance degrades quickly as tools are used more. I have never been able to get Faces to work. It’s been a pretty miserable experience, and I’ve decided that I think I want it to end. I’m going to be playing with and testing Lightroom over the next couple of days to see how it works out. If it makes my life easier, I will probably begin the painful process of migrating my library to Lightroom.
I have some other technology that is due for an upgrade, too, but I might put-off some of that in order to get Jenny’s laptop here and to avoid the time sink of new hardware while I’m trying to get my new websites online, finish the mock-up for the NKFD website, and try to put some more time behind getting this business into the business of making a little bit of money so that I can do what I love and love what I do.
Until next time….