Who’s a smart Apple then…

Computers are definitely getting smarter. I remember all those years of misery whilst building and upgrading PC’s. And that’s with me being an ex technician and designer/builder of many a computer over the years. I’m not saying it was always misery, but just when you were least expecting it…. aaarghhhh….

A couple of years ago I decided to move to the dark side. Apple? Surely they are only for designers? I’m a PC guy, techie, unix and assembly language, that’s where it’s at. Well, if truth be known I was fed up building PCs and footering. I just wanted a computer that… worked. Is that too much to ask?

Anyway, a couple of years down the line I’m totally Mac’d out. My video editing/Photoshop machine is a Mac Pro, my general email/browsing machine is an iMac and when I’m filing pics to the Press it’s a Macbook Pro that’s my computer of choice.

When my original Mac Pro was getting old and tired, it was relegated to use as an FTP and file/media server. A shiny new 8 core Mac Pro took it’s place and I’ve been very impressed with it. However it shipped with a traditional hard drive, albeit a 1Tb 7200rpm 32Mb cache version.

Now, I’m a big fan of SSD drives , I use them in my RAIDs for video editing. So, today I put a 120Gb OCZ Vertex 3 SSD into my Mac Pro as it’s boot drive. As the four internal bays are full it was fitted into the lower optical bay with an adapter from Other World Computing in the US. The new SSD is SATA 3, which is 6Gb/s and unfortunately the Mac Pro only supports SATA 2 at 3Gb/s but that could be sorted with a SATA 3 PCIe card. I’m ok with that as the performance of 3Gb/s will be much better than the HDD it replaced. I’m more concerned with performance on my RAIDs as that is where all my data is stored. The boot drive is only for applications.

Anyway, here is where it starts getting smart. I’ve been using OSX Lion for a while, happy with it. Only thing was that as it’s download only you don’t get a boot disc. No worries, as I have had the foresight to make a Lion boot disk, which is easy if you know how.

New SSD in the machine and boot it up. At this stage I’m thinking it will not start and ask for a boot disk. But no, before I can put in my ready made boot disk, the machine had started, welcomed me and is offering to setup Lion from the t’internet.

Eh??? That shouldn’t happen. Ah well, let’s see what happens.

The Mac connects to the t’internet and “validates”, then starts downloading Lion. Ok, it took 2 hours to download, but after that it setup a nice new clean install of Lion 10.7.2

I have to say, this is the most efficient, pleasant and dare I say it, easy clean install of an operating system ever.

Apple, I have moaned about you recently, but today all I have is respect. Now, all you need to do is convince me about Final Cut Pro X. ;-)