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Mac / Re: New Mac options
« on: May 20, 2011, 12:01:35 AM »
hey, if your still thinking about the SSDs, Macs now have TRIM:

Course Enquiries / Re: Need help enrolling and choosing an elective
« on: January 11, 2011, 07:36:29 AM »
Thank you so much Rowan! I still don't understand why the prosess has to be so un-intuitive, but it's nice for someone to sit down and explain it to me

I've done the VPA104 and 106, and I already know my way around Photoshop.

What does 221 involve?

Course Enquiries / Re: Need help enrolling and choosing an elective
« on: January 10, 2011, 09:09:47 AM »
They actually told me to get in contact with you or hages, neither of you were in your offices and I'm leaving wagga for a week so I started this topic

Course Enquiries / Need help enrolling and choosing an elective
« on: January 10, 2011, 08:31:20 AM »
I just can't figure out re-enrolling for second year, I wasn't worried about it at first because I was going to do it through student central once I moved to wagga, but I was just there and I got no real help.

Can anyone help me with this? I really am having trouble.

(I'd also appreciate any elective suggestions)

Mac / Re: New Mac options
« on: December 19, 2010, 07:28:27 PM »
Hold onto your macbook, I just checked out doing the repair yourself online and it doesn't look too complicated. If you were going to throw it out anyway it might be worth checking out, what's to lose?

I dont know what model your lappy is (I think it's a 13.3 inch?) but I've found logic boards for macbooks on ebay for as little as $100 (again, they may not be your model) your little friend might live again!

Mac / Re: New Mac options
« on: December 17, 2010, 11:53:32 AM »
I wasn't trying to make it a Mac vs PC debate. The fact it that OSX does not have TRIM support and that SSDs need that to keep their speed up. Putting an SSD in a Mac will be a waste of money till they do. The Hackintosh idea was me just spit balling how to have TRIM support on a Mac.

Mac / Re: New Mac options
« on: December 15, 2010, 06:16:40 PM »
SSDs are different to regular hard drives, you should disable indexing and defragmenting with them, there is literally no benefit and it wears the limited write cycles.

The cheaper option would be to put in two hard-drives, and keep you media on a conventional HDD and your OS and program files on the SSD, this way, you'll get the 10-second boot, and Photoshop opening in nearly a second flat without sending the SSD into an early grave by re-writing data to it too much. Scroll down this page to the "Transfer your OS X to the SSD" subtitle for instructions on how to do this.

Also, an SSD only really has 80% of the capacity advertised, after it fills up that much, it begins to slow.

Now, the biggest problem with an SSD is that there is no TRIM command in OSX, (scroll down to the "Operating system and SSD support" headding) so while your SSD will be awesome when you first install it, it will degrade to a crawl. It needs TRIM for upkeep due to how SSDs write and delete files. Intel has released a toolbox for Windows, which automates this, but it doesn't exist for Macs.

I'm not sure if this, but I think you could get around this by dual-booting windows 7 and Hackintosh, and use the Intel toolbox to run the TRIM command for your Mac drive. Again, I'm not sure of this, and it maybe Windows 7 wont be able to even read the Mac drives format. This does have the benefit though of having a fully customisable Mac that doesn't come with the "Mac-Tax"

Comparisons / Re: more cores or stronger cores?
« on: November 16, 2010, 01:36:01 PM »
Thanks Rowan, I'll let you know about the SSD after I get some use out of it. I'm only going to use a small one though, 64GB.

I think I'm going to try the Q9100, I imagine if worst came to worst, and the heat was too much I could resell the processor and step down to a T9900. I'm looking at the inside of the unit and thinking I might be able to get away with it, the processer is right next to the fan, and even the fan it'self might be replaceable

I might take a hit to battery life, but this thing can go for 4 hours unplugged as it is, so even if thats halfed, I'll still be happy with it

Comparisons / more cores or stronger cores?
« on: November 16, 2010, 12:17:56 PM »
I'm in the process of upgrading my lappy, I chose the model as nearly nothing is soldered down, here is my list of upgrades:
-Windows 7 64-bit
-an SSD as a boot drive and for Maya, the Adobe Suite and Toon Boom, and a 7200rpm HDD in the modular bay for other programs, media/personal files
-6GB of RAM

-Now here is the big one, I'm desiding between an Intel Core2 Duo Processor T9900 or an Intel Core2 Quad Processor Q9100. The T9900 had dual cores that run at 3.06GHz and the Q9100 has quad cores that run at 2.26GHz (the processor in this computer is dual core at 2.4GHz) which would be better for this cource.

I should probably meantion that the highest max TDP prosessor that fujitsu releases factory is 35W. The T9900 runs at this, but the Q9100 runs at 45W. I know heat is a big deal for laptops so I think the Q9100 might not work.

For Sale / Re: Compositing Books
« on: October 27, 2010, 10:20:59 AM »
dibbs on the after effects book

After Effects / Re: How NOT to use After Effects
« on: July 30, 2010, 08:35:50 AM »
that other guy went down like a bitch in the lightsaber fight

Comparisons / Re: PC or Mac
« on: June 22, 2010, 09:27:28 AM »
yeah, I think instead of this being a Mac vs. PC argument we should look at what we are using on said computer. I think it's fair to say PC is more suited towards our cource.

BTW if you can try to get a computer that runs 64 bit out of the box.

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