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The Perks of Gainful Employment

   2 March 2006, the wee hours

Or All About How I Bought an iMac

I become very impulsive when I decide I want to buy something. I bought my Digital Rebel in this half hour window between leaving work and meeting Shima to see Body Worlds II. I was so excited about getting it, I couldn’t wait another day. Similarly, I got it in my head yesterday I should get an iMac, and by the middle of the day today I had decided I would most definitely get one. I don’t think I’ve ever spent this much money in one sitting. It feels strange. Still, I am typing this on a beautiful 20” iMac, so it doesn’t feel that strange.

Shima met me at Yorkdale after work. A young hip handsome twenty-something boy called Matt explained the benifits of the iMac. I really didn’t care that much about what he had to say; I had already decided to buy one. Which I did. My original plan was to bring the thing home on the TTC. That would have been pretty stupid. The iMac is heavy—surprisingly so. I’m a pretty weak fellow as it is, so I was lucky that Shima had drove to the mall. We packed the iMac in the back seat of her car, and we were off to my place. (We also had some super-kid ice cream.)

I am upgrading from an 800Mhz G3 iBook to a 2.0 Ghz Intel Dual Core iMac. As such, I can’t be objective about anything in the least. Everything is faster. Photoshop, which most reviewers lament runs at acceptable speeds, runs really well. Downloading photos from my camera is now a lot faster thanks to the USB 2.0 connection in the iMac. Converting from RAW to JPEGS no longer takes a minute in Canon’s photo software. I need to install the developer tools on this machine so I can see how much faster it is at compiling stuff. The screen on this thing is bright and gorgeous. The extra screen real-estate is most welcome. All in all I am very happy with the machine.

I’ll write up more about my experiences with the iMac after I’ve used it for more than a few hours. As of right this very minute I am quite happy with the iMac.



  1. The Internet has a word for this.

    I believe it is: w00t.

  2. Congrats on the new hardware! Very exciting.

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