It’s been hot, hot, hot in the Bay Area the past couple of days. After a morning-to-afternoon meeting, I came back to a nice cool 76° pool and swam 60 laps or about 1200 meters. I’m quite the injured manatee in the pool, so it took me nearly an hour to complete it. Without the edges of the pool to rest on after each lap, I’m not sure I could have done ten laps without collapsing! Hopefully in time, my swimming form will reveal itself, and I will become Aquaman transformed, minus the green Speedo swimming trunks, of course!
Afterwards, I walked over to the Apple Store at Valley Fair to check out the new 17″ MacBook Pro with the 1920×1200 HD screen and the 15″ MacBook Pro with LED backlighting. I’m in the market for a new laptop, and I’m wondering if it could even replace my Quad G5 as my primary machine. I fired up Aperture on both laptops and they seemed reasonably fast while performing adjustments on RAW 1Ds Mark II files. Since my 1D Mark II files are smaller than the 1Ds’, Aperture should run fine, at least until you have 100,000 images like I have on my machine. What I’m likely going to do is use the MacBook for on-location shooting and have a hard drive at home that houses my primary Aperture library. I think this is what Eric is doing in his workflow.
The other reason for the trip to the Apple Store was to scout out camping locations for June 28th. If I’m going to be camping out for the iPhone launch, I’m going to need to know where the quickest entry and exit points are into Valley Fair! I don’t know yet if I’ll be doing this yet, especially since they won’t be selling the iPhone until 6:00 pm on June 29th, but it’s good information to know. The Nordstroms or Macy’s Home and Furnishing entrances are the closest to the Apple Store.