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Re: Elantric's Computer
« Reply #175 on: September 15, 2016, 10:38:56 PM »

I've been lurking around the Hackintosh scene for years, but I'm yet to take the plunge. I've always thought it seemed more like a "Hassletosh" (or maybe Hasselhoff) solution. Almost bought a Psystar, but Apple killed them off before they were half started.
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« Reply #176 on: September 15, 2016, 11:48:51 PM »

Hasseltosh. Ha! Good one.
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« Reply #177 on: September 16, 2016, 12:09:48 AM »

There remains a bloat with El Capitan
I remain on Yosemite and I never buy new - current fave is a late 2011 17" MacBook Pro with I7 ( the last good Mac IMHO because the user can upgrade the Ram to 16gb and install Dual SSD drives or one SSD and one BluRay burner still has built in SPDIF I/O and 24 bit stereo Line level I/O and a PCI Expresscard34 expansion port I use for proprietary A/V hardware (Matrox/ RME)

They killed that goose after the passing of Steve Jobs

Seek one of those  while you can

if you want to work and be productive a long time , use a dedicated DAW / Music Computer and never connect to Internet. That's what the remaining pro studios enforce with their Protools computer.

Always use a separate computer to try new things or connect to the net , but by design you accept the pre planned obsolescence that occurs when you apply the latest updates of your OS and Apps

They want to make you unhappy with the performance loss after the latest bloat ware is installed which forces you to buy a newer faster computer every few years. Its by design

A gently used 2012 Mac Mini is Good and fast and affordable

My 2013 15" MacBook retina ( like all new MacBooks ) has soldered down Ram and no ability to upgrade. I have 8gb but that's not enough ( need 16gb minimum which is around $110 , but compare prices of a new Mac with 16GB RAM , Apple is laughing all the way to the bank with the premium they charge for RAM

Get an i5 or I7 with ability to upgrade RAM and hard drive

That restricts you to a very expensive new Mac that will be buggy in  9 weeks when OSX 10.12 arrives.

That's why I sought out a used Mac and saved $$

Can't wait to go 100% Linux

I am waiting for Linux as well. Although addicted to Ableton Live, this spinoff was doing Linux from day one and with Ubuntu Audio distribution pairs well. http://www.bitwig.com/en/bitwig-studio.html. Of course no drivers for all of your hardware but you might find a way. If I reach a point where Apple pisses me off more than now.. I'll give it a try.

BTW, I have a Yosemite Image. Do I need to set my system date back to 2014 to install it?

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« Reply #178 on: September 16, 2016, 05:06:31 AM »

Which is odd.  My first i7 iMac is actually faster under ElCap than under Yosemite.  The bench numbers prove it.  It's more efficient. 

I compared 10179 for multicore under 10.10 and 10268 under 10.11.  Just a bit snappier feeling UI.  I won't post all the numbers but they are all higher 10.11 than 10.10.

That's the 2.7 ghz 2nd generation i7 processor.

I haven't done a comparison with the more recent 4.0 ghz i7 iMac.







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Re: Elantric's Computer
« Reply #179 on: September 16, 2016, 03:42:58 PM »

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Which is odd.  My first i7 iMac is actually faster under ElCap than under Yosemite.  The bench numbers prove it.  It's more efficient. 

That may be - my issue is lack of El Capitan Drivers for some of my older hardware

on another topic

wanted to mention there are a few opportunities in the used / refurbished channel for 12.1" netbook size powerhouse windows laptop computers with intel i7 CPU and take 16GB ram and have SSD drive

This one is a highlight from 2014 (used to be $980) - often available now (2016) for $450-$550
https://www.manualowl.com/p/Dell/Latitude-E7240/Manual/201625
http://www.dell.com/support/manuals/us/en/19/latitude-e7240-ultrabook/LatE7240SFITS-v2/Latitude-E7240-%E2%80%94-Front-and-Back-View?guid=GUID-BE16A90B-76AC-4920-BC52-7FF22434A185&lang=en-us

DELL Latitude e7240 ultrabook with 1920x 1080 multitouch and m-SATA SSD
http://topics-cdn.dell.com/pdf/latitude-e7240-ultrabook_Owner's%20Manual_en-us.pdf

http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/latitude-e7240-ultrabook/pd
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-Latitude-12-E7250-Ultrabook-Review.135824.0.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2150502/dell-latitude-e7240-ultrabook-review-small-fast-and-elegant.html





Has a docking port on the bottom  Supports the optional Dell PROE2X Plus expansion port replicator +1500 watt extrnal powersupply ($35 on Ebay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Docking-E-Port-Plus-replicator-for-latitude-0TYNR-0Y72NH-CY640-E6400-k09a-/261121566456?hash=item3ccc0ee6f8:g:NAMAAOSwGvhT8I4w



2 x display / video - DisplayPort - 20 pin DisplayPort
2 x display / video - DVI-Digital - 24 pin digital DVI
1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
1 x serial
1 x parallel
1 x keyboard
1 x mouse
1 x USB
1 x USB / eSATA
1 x network - RJ-45
1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm
1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone 3.5mm

and hackintosh-able
http://forum.osxlatitude.com/index.php?/topic/6073-latitude-e7240/
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Re: Elantric's Computer
« Reply #180 on: September 20, 2016, 08:33:28 PM »

The Dell Latitude E7240  arrived  - its a nice 12.1" size and running Win7 Pro 64 its fast and powerful - retiring a HP mini 110 10" netbook
https://rutgers.forums.rivals.com/threads/ot-performance-and-windows-update-issues-on-windows-7-machine.108025/

Also it can be setup for OSX
http://www.ebay.pl/itm/Dell-E7240-Hackintosh-Laptop-8GB-256GB-SSD-Haswell-i5-4300u-2-5GHz-OSX-Yosemite-/121612244882
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Currently installed OS X Yosemite using Clover EFI.
Everything is fully functional including screen brightness and volume buttons.
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Re: Elantric's Computer
« Reply #181 on: October 28, 2016, 02:14:05 PM »


https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-turns-a-thrill-into-a-chill-relationship-on-rocks/

Apple turns thrill into chill and our relationship is on the rocks
Technically Incorrect: After Thursday's MacBook event, why does this Apple user's relationship with the company suddenly feel stale? It's complicated.

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A touch of complacency setting in?
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When you've been in a long-term relationship, complacency can set in like mold in a Florida apartment.

It's rarely mean-spirited. It's just a sense of boredom, of finding each other less than inspiring. When you know too much, you start caring too little.

I fear that's happening between Apple and humans. (I've used Apple laptops for more than 20 years.)

It used to be that Apple would find the human mind and its quirks just as exciting as humans would find Apple and its brave, minimalistic pretensions. Cupertino would find surprising, entertaining ways of making its machines enticing.

Now, it dangles a promise and you end up feeling dongled. And when you're feeling dongled, you don't necessarily have the same expectations as you used to. You sense something's up, but you're not sure what it is.

These days, humans like me look upon each new Apple show and can't find the thrill.

We see what's changed. All too often, though, those changes look like the product of bored minds meeting a deadline rather than excited minds who want to have dinner with us and see our eyes light up at some new invention.

I know I'm supposed to be excited by the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro. I want to be. But the $1,799 price and the increased need for dongling this and dongling that make it seem a touch less deserving of my drool.

Apple tells me that it takes courage to remove a headphone jack on a phone and then keeps it on a computer. Did that take courage too? Or is the courage in the shilling, rather than the willing to excite customers?

I'm confused. I fear Apple's seeing someone else. And it isn't the customer.

Cupertino removes the MagSafe charging functionality that's both clever and useful and replaces it with something that to me is less clever, less useful and more annoying. Why? Does it have plans that don't include me?

Just like in any long-term relationship, it feels like Apple's stopped thinking about those who love it and has begun to think a touch too much about itself.

More dongles will get mislaid. More profits will be made thanks to the mislaid dongles.

And now you need so many dongles for so many different purposes.

If I want to upgrade my MacBook Air -- and mine is still a lovely thing -- I have to pay a minimum of $1,499 for a little more annoyance in the charging and the dongling. (Yes, I know the MacBook Air is still on sale, but the lower-spec MacBook Pro is supposed to be the upgrade.)

If Apple had at least added its Touch Bar to the Air that might have been something to make me believe it still cared. Now I'm thinking of going through Apple's things to see what's going on.


It's quite painful that, after all the years, I find myself moved by neither the newest Apple phone nor its newest computer. I can't even plug one into the other without dongling, adapting and cabling anew.

It all used to be so simple, our relationship. It just isn't anymore. It could be just a phase we're going through before we rediscover the excitement, each for the other.

Then again, you know what it really means when someone on Facebook says their relationship status is complicated, don't you? It means they're not happy.



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Apple's new MacBook Pro is stunning. It's sleeker and smaller than any MBP in history, and it features an OLED touch bar that might make touchscreen computer displays obsolete. But there's one huge problem with the new MacBook Pro: It has four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, a headphone jack, and nothing else.



You might be asking, "how am I supposed to connect my iPhone to my new MacBook Pro?" The answer is that you're going to have to buy a dongle.

Alright, no big deal, but you're also an avid photographer, and the easiest way to upload your photos is by sticking your SD card into the slot on your laptop. Unfortunately, there is no such slot on the new MacBook Pro, so there's dongle #2.

What about an Ethernet port, or an HDMI port or a VGA port or even a port for your old Thunderbolt 2 devices? You guessed it — you're going to need to pick up adapters with those ports if you want to connect devices that require them.

After searching through Apple's online store, I managed to find five different adapters that should get you back on track. There's the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter ($69.00) with an HDMI port and a standard USB port. Then there's the SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II Card USB-C Reader ($49.95) for your SD cards. You might also need the Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter ($34.95), because wireless internet isn't always dependable.

Oh, and who could forget the Belkin USB-C to VGA Adapter ($39.95), for those who prefer to use other monitors. Last, but certainly not least, how are you going to connect your old Thunderbolt 2 devices without the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter ($49.00). And depending on what you want to do with your MacBook Pro, you might need even more dongles.

Adding all of those dongles and adapters to my bag at Apple.com, the total came out to $264.40. But hey, at least there's free shipping!


https://www.yahoo.com/tech/ll-250-dongles-upgrade-macbook-pro-192654999.html

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Re: Elantric's Computer
« Reply #183 on: February 24, 2017, 02:21:20 PM »

http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-thunderbolt-dock/
Just an Update

I'm working with a 2016 Dell XPS 15 9550-1000SLV

http://www.ebay.com/itm/201758224169?rmvSB=true


Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz Quad-Core, 16GB DDR4, 1TB SSD
15.6" UHD touchscreen (3840x2160), 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Thunderbolt, 2xUSB 3.0, HDMI, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, Windows 10



Discovered that the gap between Mac OSX and Windows 10 ( with the right machine) is getting very narrow - in 2017

The big hurdle Ive had with Windows is the lack of a "global Screen Zoom" that works in every app.

Just to be clear - For years there has been the "CTRL +" for Zoom In, "CTRL -" for Zoom Out - that works on Web Browsers

But Ive discovered that Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 computers with a recent NVidia Video GPU co-processor (GeForce GTX 960M) support the one thing Ive been seeking for years

In any Windows Application, I can press the "Windows key" and "+" and Screen Zoom In - centered on the current cursor Arrow position
In any Windows Application, I can press the "Windows key" and "-" and Screen Zoom Out - centered on the current cursor Arrow position

Yipee!!!

Just as I do with my iMac !




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Re: Elantric's Computer
« Reply #187 on: Yesterday at 10:26:09 AM »

At the other end of the spectrum, I'll share a few thoughts on my computer... 

I bought one of the very first i7s in 2008.  8GB.  Win7 64-bit.  This remains my primary computer. 

I've had no problems ever running any of the FTP software.  I've had no problems running the synths standalone or in VST mode.  I use SONAR as my primary DAW with FTP - no real issues (once I figured out how to get it all running...). 

I have several hobbies, including photography and music.  It is not at all uncommon for me to run:
  -  SONAR, playing back our Friday night jams, 4+ tracks, about 20 VSTs
  -  While simultaneously editing raw photos (50MB each from my D800) in Adobe Lightroom
  -  While simultaneously uploading sports photos to Flickr.com in the background (https://www.flickr.com/photos/shawnbulen/)

I have always run anti-virus (Trend) and anti-malware (Malwarebytes) to keep it safe since it is always on the internet. 

My boys play League of Legends on this same computer (yes, I shudder in fear at the risk there...).  When they were younger, I set this same computer up to be a Minecraft server and they would play with their classmates over the internet using this computer as the host. 

If I need to, I can get 40 tracks & scores of VSTs in SONAR.  (Just don't run anything else...  Also, "freezing" tracks is your friend...)

I have far too many drivers installed - GR55, VG99, Darkfire RIP driver (still works - for now!), Edirol UA-101, etc.,etc., etc...   

Yes, I live on the edge, & have Windows Update enabled, mainly to stay current on security patches since it's on the internet. 

My latest hobby is contributing to open source software over on Github.  For test purposes, I use this same computer as a WAMP server, running Apache, MySql, PHP etc.  I am contributing to the next version of the SMF bulletin board software - the software that runs this forum.   (https://github.com/sbulen)

After 9 years, I'm starting to think about replacing my computer.  Once in a while, it's a little slow...   

I guess my point is that computers have been really, really powerful for quite some time now, with sufficient power to run any & all of the software we talk about on this forum.   
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