I had always heard that best way to bring attention to a blog is to write something controversial. Little did I know, my decisions to replace my digital darkroom with a PC instead of a Mac might be controversial, but 24 comments and a bunch of links later, it was by far my most active posting. There actually was a lot of valuable feedback in that post from many people and I really appreciate it.
So now that I have used my new Falcon Northwest digital darkroom for a few weeks, I thought I better provide an update to that threaed. And since I’m sitting on a plane – what a perfect time to write!
First off the computer was packaged beautifully, and arrived in great condition. They could have saved a couple of trees – it arrived in 5 separate boxes – and I didn’t even buy a monitor!
In one of the boxes, was a nice large case with all my documentation including specifications and test and benchmark results for my exact system. It was very complete!
Attached to the side of the computer was one of those diagrams that comes with most computers describing what each of the ports on the front and back is used for. The difference was, mine didn’t have a lot of ports that included the word “optional”. No my diagram was exactly for my computer and showed the exact layout of my computer. The top of the form was even personalized with my name on it – cool touch.
The case its self was beautiful – it was a very solid, metal case with heavy metal doors – I could park our car on this thing.
The computer, not surprisingly is very fast, and the entire experience with Falcon Northwest has been a joy. I still can’t get over how nice it is to call them up and have a knowledgeable human answering the phone and questions!
Now to my biggest concern, and that was my decision to opt for the 64 bit version of
At the same time I purchased my computer, I also purchased an 8 port switch to add to my router – I really thought I was looking for trouble adding these things all at once, but that is what I did. I connected my old Windows XP computers, and my new computer running
My next concern was drivers for my existing monitors, printers, monitor calibration devices etc. I went on-line, downloaded the latest drivers for all those devices, and so far everything has worked perfectly.
I had forgotten about our off-site SimpleTech external hard drives – we brought those home for updating before this trip, and even they were plug and play.
I also had concerns about some of my software since I use a number of programs created by basically a one person operation including IMatch, BreezeBrowser and FotoBiz and FotoQuote. So far they have also worked without a hitch.
I might add, I like the
So in short, I’m feeling pretty good about my decision. Not a single crash or hang-up – maybe that has to do with the requirement of for signed drivers, I’m not sure, but so far, so good!