SuperDrive

dynomyteRATING

dyn-o-myte RATING

I take it all back, the Apple superdrive is an awesome device and I’m glad we’ve got it. Like my experience with most/all Apple appliances – it works perfectly. And because it’s used less than frequently – I can now see the rationale for making it an ‘auxilliary’ device (not part of the mini casework).  In fact – I’m gonna give it a ‘DYN-O-MYTE’ rating.

(Henry) Gage Pins

Ran across the following sweet little alternative to a more costly Kort pins I’ve been using (realize too, this may be way more letterpress geek than the average reader is keen on) gage pins_close. This little invention is a sticky-back piece of foam that is placed on the tympan (or draw) sheet and has a little clear plastic hood on it to keep your sheet from falling or pulling off during the moment of impression. And because it’s foam – no permanent damage can be done to it or the aluminum base. Looks like $12 for a pack of 12.

mac mini (version 2013)

The old Dell Inspiron DT, purchased in spring of 2008 (for $399) and trapped in the fog of (admittedly non-updated Service Packs) Windows Vista OS – has been showing signs of wear/tear. It’s time to let it go to a better place – especially as it’s absorbed more than its share of my cursing about Vista and Microsoft in general.

mac mini ($599)

mac mini

So, we took another small bite out of the Apple and bought a Mac Mini (i5 processor, 500 GByte drive) and connected it to our existing Samsung HD monitor. It’s a pretty nice solution. But first there was the initial challenge of finding (Apple Store in Tacoma) the DVI to HDMI converter, which at $29 was a superior alternative to the Radio Shack hack assembly costing $69.

Next problem to solve is how to get my Creative Suite 6 (for Illustrator layout work for the letterpress) onto this little device as the mini is no longer configured with a built-in optical drive and won’t acknowledge my non-Apple LG drive. I don’t really have a convenient opportunity for utilizing the wireless ‘Remote Disc’ utility to read a shared optical drive. Looking therefore like we must buy the USB Superdrive from Apple which stings a little for obvious reason.

Still, it’s rather amazing to me that with this solution you bring a full Mac experience (including a nice 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, 4 GByte RAM and a more than adequate 500 GB drive) to your work space for $599. Not to misrepresent the costs- there’s also, though optional, the $69 bluetooth keyboard and $150 for Apple Care.photo

Fresh Meat

Wow, been awhile – I know. I love new posts as much as the next person but man, getting to it can be a lot of work. The ‘new post’ is like fresh meat to the wild cat that’s in all of us blog readers.tiger Lately, I’ve been searching for an improved ‘gallery’ tool within WP (WordPress).  Am looking currently for a better display method (plugin) for my gallery of printed sample photos.  Friend Ryan Sorgnard has pointed me at a nice review of ‘repsonsive image galleries‘ – you see it’s good to have an informed understanding of even the proper name of something when you’re trying to accomplish an intelligent (or semi-intelligent in this case) search for something. So, watch for an improved gallery of photos (and by the way – those awesome photos don’t happen by themselves and it’s not me shooting them with my iPhone, good as that device is – they are the handi-work of Tad Craig, photographer).