Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Jan 2018 14:40 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

If there's one thing that will make even the most powerful computer feel like a 7 year old rig, it's Adobe Lightroom paired with RAW files from any high-megapixel camera.

In my case, I spent over a year of spare time editing 848GB worth of 11,000+ 42-megapixel RAW photos and 4K videos from my New Zealand trip and making these nine photosets. I quickly realized that my two year old iMac was not up to the challenge.

In 2015 I took a stab at solving my photo storage problem with a cloud-backed 12TB Synology NAS. That setup is still running great. Now I just need to keep up with the performance requirements of having the latest camera gear with absurd file sizes.

I decided it was time to upgrade to something a bit more powerful. This time I decided to build a PC and switch to Windows 10 for my heavy computing tasks. Yes, I switched to Windows.

I love articles like this, because there is no one true way to build a computer for any task, and everyone has their own opinions and ideas and preferences, making sure not one self-built PC is the same as anyone else's. Add in a healthy dose of urban legends and tradition, and you have a great cocktail for endless discussions that never go anywhere.

It's clickbait without actually being clickbait.

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I used Windows as a primary dev machine for 10 years before switching to macOS. I agree that the transition was painful.

So why did I switch? Because Windows has a ton of little annoyances, which when I was trained to actually deal with, I happily did deal with - like updating every morning before doing anything else. It was like a fun game of whack a mole - update all the stuff, then get to work. Except, it was a huge waste of time, and each of those annoying little tasks and popups, and short interface idiosyncrasies, that you don't really notice until you use something else for a while, eats up your brain sugar - your good decisions.

It's amazing how much more mental effort I feel like I spend on my own problem domains, rather than on operating environment problems, just by using macOS instead. (I like Linux, but it felt like a lateral movement - just a different set of OS things to manage.)

To be fair, I am a web developer, and many web development tools simply work better on *nix machines.

/opinion of a former Windows user.

Edited 2018-01-25 17:39 UTC

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