I’m seriously considering hacking a Mac, and I’d like your opinion.
No, I’m not talking about software, I mean with a hacksaw.
[Update: Problem solved. Mac not hacked.]
The problem is, I have this new Pentax K20D that shoots 14.6MP images, and when Lightroom goes to work on them my poor little Blackbook tends to breathe hard and whine a lot. Plus there’s a lot of HD video that’s so far been write-only and I can’t really imagine that it’ll make the laptop happy either.
Now, I have a Sun Ultra 20 and it’s a meat-grinder all right, but if I wanted to use Lightroom on it that’d have to be Windows, which I prefer to avoid. Also, I need to use that for Solaris and some Web work, so I bought a Mac Pro and the Ultra will move downstairs.
But there’s a problem. The Mac won’t fit in this nice piece of furniture we have that makes the computer available in the living room without having to look at it. It’s a serious problem; our house is kind of small for a family of four and there’s really absolutely no other good place for a stationary computer.
However, there is a solution: cut the handles off.
Without the handles, it’ll slip right in. I took a couple of strokes with Lauren’s hacksaw and sure ’nuff, it’ll do the job.
This does feel like kind of a drastic measure, so I thought I’d ask for other opinions. The survey’s now off, but here’s how you voted.
Solution · Lauren, who’s much more mechanically inclined than me, figured out that the space was big enough, there was just a lip around the front keeping us from squeezing the Mac in. So she got a saw that wasn’t a hacksaw, and opened up the flimsy plywood back of the desk. There was already a hole there for wires and ventilation; now it’s much bigger. The Mac slipped right in.
I only very slightly regret not using the hacksaw. As for the commenters who were urging me on, some of you guys are sick puppies.