My iMac blog
10-03-2017, 08:43 AM,
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My iMac blog
Hi, welcome to my iMac blog.

The machine is beautiful as you might expect.  Apple's packaging is still great.  The outside of this machine is great too.  If anything, it feels a little tall for my desk, but I'll blame that on my desk and not the machine.

It's got USB-A and C ports.  And Ethernet.  That's fine.  I may run a network cable to this spot some day. And all of my old USB stuff still works fine, and there are those new ones so that I have a foot in the door for whenever that takes hold.  Cool.

I didn't realize that the power button was moved to the other side.  I had to look up how to turn it on.  Seriously, I thought Apple did something brilliant, but they didn't.  They simply moved the button since my last iMac.

For frame of reference, my previous machine was a 2010 MBP (i7) that I maxed out the RAM and put in a SSD.

So. This new iMac.  I splurged for the i7 model.  I figure if my last i7 got me 7 years, then it's a worthy upgrade.  I am using 16GB of RAM.  Not plenty, but enough.

I opted for the wireless keyboard with numeric key pad.  I think if Apple has done one thing right since Steve died, it's make a wireless version of their best keyboard. But I can't say that I prefer it over the wired one.  I mean, who cares about the wire on the keyboard, but whatever. The keyboard itself... I don't know how to feel about it.  It seems to have shorter travel.  My favorite key, the fn key, is fn in the wrong place, but I think all of these fn desktop keyboards are like that.  The travel seems less, and that's odd.  

I miss backlit keys at home.  I know that sounds dumb.  I touch type.  But apparently I still look at the keys and it's dark in here. I don't have this problem at work, because it's day time. Also, I still think no option for a touchbar on the rest of the line is a bad move for Apple, but Tim Cook seems comfortable with bad moves.

Please note: this forum's shitty WYSIWYG implementation starts to get laggy at about this post length on old and new machines alike. Switching to tex(per)t mode.

Since I have a Magic Mouse 1 -- you know, the one with batteries that you can replace instead of turning it upside down and watching it while it slowly charges -- so I went with the trackpad. (that mouse has been sitting in my drawer for like a year, byw) So I like the Trackpad. I need to get used to it... the desktop trackpad seems to want you to click with your pointer finger instead of the thumb... so I doublefinger it more than it wants, but it'll get used to me or vice versa.

The speakers are loud. Yeah. Loud. Not the best frequency response range, but surprisingly loud.

The Fusion Drive is probably a big deal to people who haven't used a SSD. I, however, use an SSD all the time. The Fusion Drive reminds me of a plain old HDD. I mean, it's probably faster than an HDD, but it's an all-too-obvious obvious downgrade. I went with it because Apple wants $700 to forego the included Fusion drive for a $300 (amazon) 1TB SSD. So I decided to live with the default. And LOL Apple's new filesystem doesn't support this f... fu... frankendrive. Honestly, this drive is a turd, I don't blame Apple for not supporting it, and I feel bad for the poor developer team who is surely being made to jump through hoops to support this piece of crap hardware that was obsolete the day it launched.

I might already be tired of this blog, but who knows. Maybe I'll post updates.

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10-03-2017, 08:58 AM,
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RE: My iMac blog
Please keep us updated with the lemony goodness.
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10-03-2017, 09:55 AM,
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RE: My iMac blog
Noted: 16GB is just enough ram.

But I agree about the keyboard. I still cherish my older, wired keyboards and mice.
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10-03-2017, 10:28 AM,
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Right? I mean, this keyboard is fine, but it's missing something. It just doesn't feel awesome. I want it to feel awesome.

I have fallen in love with every keyboard that Apple sold me (I realize how dumb that is), but this one is missing something. I mean, I'll get over it, but I am so accustomed to loving these things, I'm thrown.

And you know what else? Waking from sleep is sluggish. It shouldn't be. I don't know if it's the wireless input or the Fusion drive, but it's a disappointment every time I wake the machine.

And what's really weird is that the trackpad when it's sleeping is just weird. It doesn't click. I'm totally fooled by the haptic engine, and I can't wrap my head around that. It's cool but it's weird.
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10-03-2017, 10:38 AM,
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I had the same hangup about the trackpad. I couldn't get over it not clicking nicely from the bottom. I like thumb-clicks.
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10-03-2017, 10:39 AM,
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Oh, and the pixels. This is a 5k display. It's sharp. I used to put on HD video at full screen and it was sharp. No longer.

As a web developer person, it's an interesting switch. My old display was starting to feel legit too narrow with modern design trends. This goes absolutely in the other direction.
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10-03-2017, 10:40 AM,
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(10-03-2017, 10:38 AM)Gippy Wrote: I had the same hangup about the trackpad. I couldn't get over it not clicking nicely from the bottom. I like thumb-clicks.

I thinking of that as a challenge.  I'm up for it.
10-04-2017, 04:24 AM,
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Can you unfuse the fusion drive? That, combined with the new Time Machine Service that's been baked into High Sierra could lead to some interesting options. Ordering a fusion drive is, as far as I know, the only way to get both SSD and HDD mounting hardware from Apple, no?
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10-04-2017, 09:27 AM, (This post was last modified: 10-04-2017, 09:31 AM by Gippy.)
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Fusion drives are coupled on the drive itself. I doubt there’s a way to uncouple them. The SSD portions of them are typically small too, if I recall correctly. Not large enough to really function as a stand alone drive.

EDIT: Oh shit, you can. Fusion Drive != Hybrid Drive.
https://www.lifewire.com/split-fusion-dr...rt-2260166
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10-04-2017, 11:50 AM,
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That's an interesting prospect. I'm not sure I'd bother going down that route, but it's nice to know about the option.
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10-04-2017, 09:04 PM,
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Maybe it's High Sierra, or maybe it's that I had to erase and later re-provision my phone to install iOS11 -- remember, iOS 11 wanted about a gig of free space for installation, and I had more than 13GB -- but iTunes is shuffling a new mix of songs.  Both on my Mac and my Phone.  I typically shuffle the entire library when I listen.

Before the updates, iTunes was always playing the same few hundred songs, now it seems to have changed that list up.  It was particularly noticeable on my phone.  It's still unclear whether or not it'll repeat a new batch of a few hundred songs or if Apple has improved how iTunes shuffles.  I hope it's the latter.

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10-05-2017, 12:20 AM,
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I noticed that just a restart can break the non-shuffle-shuffle cycle. But hopefully they’ve made it better.
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10-06-2017, 06:07 AM,
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I didn't use migration assistant this time. I'm not porting over my years of crud.

I think I got it all manually... well, mostly. I haven't moved my email. But I haven't noticed anything missing yet. But, I suppose that's how missing things are... you don't know about them until you look for them.

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10-06-2017, 02:02 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-06-2017, 02:05 PM by Alien. Edit Reason: OH COME ON! )
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Looks like a real content guy.
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10-06-2017, 09:00 PM,
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http://www.billwurtz.com/thinkin-bout-do...ontent.mp4
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