New post at the new blog site

April 18, 2012

I’m moving this blog over to my site…

Getting the new iPad tomorrow!

March 15, 2012


I just received confirmation from Apple that I can pick up my ‘new” iPad tomorrow from the Apple store! I have wanted an iPad since they came out but have been holding off. I’m due for a laptop upgrade from the MacBook I am currently using but decided to go with the iPad instead and see if it will work as a lappy replacement. I pretty much only use  the MacBook for surfing and e-mail so I think the iPad will work. I will still use the laptop-I dont think you can do screen share or run some programs like the online poker program I use, but we will see.

P.S. I know the picture is of the old iPad…

Getting fit with Beachbody

March 8, 2012

I do the BeachBody 10 minute trainer but I have also been using the Beachbody WOW Gym as a great way to motivate and track my progress. I bought a treadmill, since I like to walk but don’t always have the motivation or time to walk. I have set up a way that I can use my computer while walking on the treadmill and it is fantastic. I get up in the morning and walk for 60-90 minutes while I read and respond to e-mails, surf the web and also sometimes watch TV. I even play online poker while I walk. I have been able to consistently do my workout, sometimes walking at 3.5 to 4 MPH for over 10 miles a day. I like it so much that often I walk in the morning and at night . so far in about 3 weeks I have lost 7 pounds and I find it is getting easier to do more and more every day. Adding in the 10 minute trainer has really helped me to get the exercise that I know I need to be getting!

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Now I’m really excited! I’m getting a TESLA!

February 20, 2012

I received a reply from Dell about my request for a Quadro 4000 card and was surprised that they actually gave me 2 options:

A) Get the Quadro 4000 card.


B)  Get the Quadro 2000 card and add in a Tesla C2075 card.

I asked some friends who know of these things (Thanks Jonah and Rik) and they both responded that I should go with the second option. I thought that was what they would say, so I quickly responded that, yes please, I”ll take Option B.

The NVIDIA Tesla 2075 is essentially a separate card  (GPU) to specifically  handle graphic computation.

As stated in the product brief:

NVIDIA® Tesla™ 20-series GPU computing processors turn standard PCs and workstations into personal supercomputers. Based on the NVIDIA CUDA™ GPU architecture codenamed “Fermi”, Tesla 20-series GPUs feature more than 500 gigaflops of double precision performance, 1 teraflop of single precision performance, ECC memory error protection, and L1 and L2 caches. Tesla 20-series GPGPU processors for workstations deliver cluster level performance right at your desk.

Tesla companion processors bring the power of high performance computing to the workstation.

With 448 application-acceleration cores per board, Tesla processors offload parallel computations from the CPU to dramatically accelerate the floating point calculation performance. By adding a Tesla processor, engineers, designers, and content creation professionals accelerate some of the most complex tools exponentially faster than by adding a second CPU. It’s an unbeatable solution for getting more done in less time.

Take advantage of the newest analysis, simulation, and rendering tools within industry-leading applications and see results in as little as half the time. Tesla C2075 companion processors deliver parallel processing power right at the desk, capable of streamlining the way users work every day. This means you can now explore, discover and deliver higher-quality projects faster than you ever thought possible.

  Looks like this will be a really great system! I can’t wait to fire it up.

…And the winner is: Dell Precision T5500 Tower!

February 19, 2012

I have decided to go with the tower configuration, despite the lure of portability the mobile option offered. With a tower I can add stuff on if needed and also have double the RAM (24 GB vs 16). Plus if they acquiesce to my request, I’ll have a sweet NVIDIA Quadro 4000 card with all those lovely CUDA cores. I responded back to the Product Manager by the requested deadline and now await the final answer on the configuration. I wonder if they will be closed on Monday for President’s day?

Dell Precision T5500

Dell Precision T5500 Tower

My Dell-emma: Laptop or Tower?

February 16, 2012

I have received a proposal for the Dell Precision system I am getting from Dell as part of their program for Final Cut Pro editors who are considering switching to Adobe Premiere using a Dell/NVIDIA platform. I had assumed that I would be offered a T5500 ot T7500 Precision Tower based system, but the preliminary system options also included a mobile option: either a Precision M4600 or Precision M6600. I will immediately disqualify the M4600 because it has a 15.6″ screen, and having owned a 15″ Titanium G4 PowerBook, even with a second monitor, that screen size is just too small to edit on. My current system at RED  has a 24″ Samsung and a 27″ Viewsonic and I really like having all that screen real estate. The 17.3″ Dell Precision M6600 is intriguing as an option for its portability and hooked to a second monitor, it could work. It also comes with the NVIDIA Quadro 5010M which has 4GB GDDR5 and is a formidable card with 384 CUDA cores (thanks for the info Jonah).

However, I am really leaning toward the Precision T5500 Tower for its Dual Quad Xeons, 24 GB of ram and (if I can get it) a NVIDIA Quadro 4000 card .  The one negative of the configuration offered is only one screen, but hey they are giving me a lot of hardware and software so I can add a second monitor-which I would do immediately. I am used to the 2 monitor system and I wnat to be able to compare this system to what I currently use. They also suggested the Quadro 2000 card but I think I need a Quadro 4000 card. I will ask for that upgrade and see what they say…

Well I will sleep on this tonight and consider the feedback I have received from my colleagues and have a decision tomorrow (which is when they want to know anyway!)

I AM getting a Dell!

February 12, 2012

I’ve been chosen to be part of a program sponsored by Dell, NVIDIA and Adobe for Final Cut Pro editors who are considering switching to Adobe Premiere. I will be receiving a Dell Precision system equipped with an NVIDIA graphics card and the latest version of the Adobe Creative Suite to evaluate the system as an alternative to Final Cut. I don’t know the exact configuration yet – I will post the specs when I get them, and I will be using this blog to chronicle my experience. Even though I am getting the system gratis (although I think I will be declaring it to Uncle Sam and have to pay tax on the value) I will be giving my honest evaluation of the pros and cons of this set up. I have used Premiere before and it really wasn’t the greatest- let’s say I would not have accepted a job that required me to edit on Premiere in the past. However, I have recently taken a look at the most recent version and it seems to be a much more adequate application. I am excited about seeing how the NVIDIA Quadro card with CUDA works with Premier and After Effects in terms of faster rendering and real-time playback. Some of the projects I do have many layers of graphics and I hope it will be faster than Final Cut Pro 7, which because it is 32 bit is limited in it’s use of RAM and isnt built to use the advanced GPU in an NVIDIA card.This program will also give me the opportunity to use a Windows PC as well, which I know some people will gasp at, me being such a staunch Mac user. Well it will be good for me to get more PC time so I’m looking forward to it.