Tuesday, September 1, 2009
So I'm going to the dark side. After half a decade of service, my dual G5 died today. Regular readers of this blog know I already had problems with it earlier this year (conveniently, right as I was in the middle of working on an album), but overall, it served me well over the years - as has every other Mac I owned before this one (I've owned 6 Macs before this including laptops...)
Just to be clear, I find the whole platform war thing idiotic. Just use what you like. It's just a friggin' tool, people.
I happen to prefer the Mac OS. It's what I've used for years (as in, since 1985), and since I prefer Logic, it's frankly the only choice for me professionally. But, I also have an album coming out in the fall. I spent quite a bit on publicity photos, mastering, and most of all on merch. The obvious advantage is that I paid for all of these things out of pocket, so I am not in the hole to the record company, but it also means I am not in the spendiest of moods at the moment.
So, I've decided to go the Hackintosh route.
If you've never heard this term before, a Hackintosh is a custom-built PC with the BIOS tweaked to run the Mac OSX operating system. Not just any system will work this way (yet), so it requires some specific parts, but the end result is, as you might expect, quite a bit cheaper than an equivalent Mac.
I'm excited to have a new computer system coming my way, but I am also a little nervous since this is kind of 'edgy' technology. Anyone else out there go this route? What problems have you experienced, if any?