October 5, 2017

I switched from Mac to PC

And no regrets, actually! Consider, in addition to my growing as a developer/programmer, that I am also a film editor, colorist AND a gamer that would like to jump headfirst into the weird, wild deep end of PC gaming, that this was the best option for me. I've found that my needs for portability, power in the same machine just outgrew what Macbooks were able to offer. In addition to this, the guts of MBPs have always been notoriously difficult-to-impossible to upgrade or customize, and that equals me just being sick of Apple's BS-ing me, guys. I'm in my 30s; I'm too old for this crap now. I want to be able to customize my machine when something inside of it fizzles out instead of having to shell out for an entirely new machine. With all that said, let's focus on the good, shall we? I purchased an Acer Aspire VX-15 which, while no longer top of the line, is still pretty darn powerful. It comes fully loaded with an i7-7700 HQ Intel CPU, a GeoForce GTX 1050 ti graphics card, 16GB of RAM (more than my old MBP could allow me), AND a 256 GB SSD. Keep in mind that ALL of that stuff is upgradable whenever I feel like it! This ain't no toy, ladies and gents... Well, it kinda is because I'm going to be playing tons of games on it, but it's a toy for GROWN folks! Now, I'm still shifting around my video edit and development archive files to a new external hard drive currently. So, I haven't been able to test drive this magnificent GeoForce graphics card's rendering speed, but needless to say I am extremely hopeful about its abilities. Concerning the stigma that comes along with any individual wanting to switch back to PC (*hisss*) from blessed Mac, well, I'm actually not concerned at all. Believe me, many people have been warning me against the dangers and difficulties of running back to PC, but for me the switch has been an absolute breeze thus far. And yes, I am noting that Windows 10 makes everything so much easier than that 'other' Windows version which shall not be named. The only problems I've really had thus far are having to learn a few new Windows-specific command line prompts, and trying to figure out how to use my gaming headset with a laptop that has a multi-purpose 3.5mm jack, which was not really a Windows-specific problem. SIDENOTE: Acer, please work on that. Your single jack idea stinks. Other than that, no biggies yet. I have yet to configure my personal server, and set up PHP on my machine which usually comes with a world of headaches for me. Plus, I know that Apache doesn't come with PCs as it does with Mac. So, again, we'll see how all that goes. However, installing and configuring Sublime 3, my IDE of choice, was no sweat. Even installing and using that weird, Windows version of Git wasn't that big of a deal. But I've ranted enough, and I want to talk more about gaming. So, I'll end this here, and pick it up when I actually do some involved things with the laptop.