Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Goodbye MacBook

Today, while trying to render the final Dartboard scene using Blender's new render engine Cycles, my old computer died. Apparently, the logic board got too hot. I took it to the Apple store near me and they confirmed that the logic board was fried. I was lucky to have a recent backup, but even so, it's a bit of an annoyance. So, now I'm shopping for a new Mac. I've been really thinking that I'll get a Mac Mini. Why on earth did Apple call it Mac Mini? What a horrible name. Anything would have been better than Mac Mini—how about Mac Pancake? Anyway, I'll try to forget the male-challenging name and buy one. I can definitely not afford or justify a Mac Pro, which is what I really would like to have. On the other hand, I've been toying with the idea of building my own PC, but the idea of not using a Mac anymore is not a pleasant one. I'll keep everyone posted.


  1. @punisher77
    You have a point there, and the thought crossed my mind. However, strictly speaking, Linux is not free. It would require time en energy to learn and setup, which are not free. I think there is a misconception that Open Source stuff is free. It's not free, it comes from personal time and energy donations from many individuals. Sure, it can be downloaded for free, but it's not really free. Anyway, I'm used to the Mac, that's the main reason I wanna keep using one LD

  2. Buy old pc for rendering and mac for everyday use?
    Old macbook equal pc should not cost too much.

  3. Yeah, both Hackintosh and a PC/Mac setup are good ideas—although I've heard that setting up a hackintosh is less than optimal...

  4. I came here from BlenderNation attracted by your Coke render, and I liked the blog, so now I am browsing a bit through it...
    I know that that comment (punisher77) is over 3 weeks old, but as a Linux fan I could not resist replying to it.
    So let me point out that the word "free" referred to GNU/Linux and the "free software" is meant as in "free speech" and not as in "free beer". So no misconception here in the way you say. For a beginner, you might want to check out Ubuntu, which is very easy to learn.

  5. @matpen: Thanks for visiting! :) And thanks for clarifying some things about the usage of the word free in the open source context.

  6. You are welocme! ;) and keep up the good work!