Hub of far-flung TOP Empire. Purpose: Take over known Universe, install Butters as Emperor. Result: Things would be better
Miracle of miracles! I did manage to get the new monitor all set up, and most things seem to be working more or less right. Although, as you can see, wire management still leaves something to be desired. The subwoofer doesn't help. And the fact that the desk goes up and down is a complication.
Key to the illustration:
- Pencil sharpener that unlike most pencil sharpeners actually works well
- Powerex AA battery charger
- PS Audio PowerPlant AC power regenerator inherited from another hobby
- Jesper sit-stand desk that I'm now scared to raise(!)
- Verilux daylight-spectrum desklamp for ambient light in back of the monitor at night, and for evaluating prints
- External My Passport 2TB hard drive where I keep images and music—uh-oh! No port for this :-(
- AudioEngine A5+ speakers. The fancier ones are wireless.
- 2014 13" MacBook Air that I guess is now my main computer. Why? Because I have it
- Magic Mouse 2 and Allsop mousepad with gel-filled wrist rest
- Spiffy spanking-new NEC PA272w-BK-SV monitor recommended to me by several readers (thanks!), avec hood
- Microsoft Natural 4000 ergonomic keyboard
- AudioEngine S8 Subwoofer
- Attention hound
- 1930s-style office chair made by Horning Furniture in Penn Yan
- Epson P600 printer, which thank goodness is wireless. The other printer too.
As I suspected, this all took me more or less all weekend. What you can't see are the dishes sitting undone in the sink and the cardboard-box carnage cluttering the living room. All in good time.
For now I guess I'm using the laptop as my computer. I copied all the data on it to two separate hard drives, wiped it clean, then did a data transfer wirelessly from the Time Capsule (a combination router and 3 TB wireless backup drive, if you're not familiar with Apple stuff) to create a replicant of the previous TOP command center. Then I upgraded to Sierra, the latest operating system. Said hello to Siri. She said "Hello."
The monitor looks glorious, but of course it remains to be seen if it helps with making prints. The proof will be in that pudding, ha ha. I've always had sort of a fatalistic attitude about color management; it's herding cats if you ask me. One small thing that I'm finding totally brilliant is that on the NEC ‹you can change color spaces with a touch of a button, so I can use sRGB when I'm working on the web and the calibrated profile when I'm working on photographs, etc.
You have to download the manual and the SpectraView (SV) software. I haven't done the calibration yet—waiting till darkfall. Also still to do: you can set the monitor to automatically brighten or dim based on ambient light readings. You set the limits yourself based on what looks right to you in different conditions. If, that is, you can figure out how to make the settings, which I haven't yet. Since my porch where I work goes from very bright on sunny days to very dark at night with the shades down, I'm going to need to work at that a little bit.
The old iMac is going in for a thorough cleaning and will be getting a new hard drive, at which time I will have to figure out what in the heck to do with it.
So I guess this is it...the new hub of the mighty and far-flung TOP empire. I've barely scratched the surface of what this monitor can do, but it is mindblowing. If you want a taste, check out the review at Tom's Hardware. Holy techy argot, Batman.
ADDENDUM: To clarify: I only print at night, when the ambient light is very consistent, with the monitor set at a consistant brightness. So the windows aren't an issue, and neither is progressive brightness.
UPDATE Sunday evening: All calibrated. As you know if you've ever calibrated a monitor, it's very anticlimactic—just extremely easy. You launch the program, set the sensor in place like la:
Then you just launch the program, position the colorimeter, and let it do its thang. Five or ten minutes and Bob's your uncle. It's almost...disappointing. You spend hundreds of dollars and that's all there is to it? Of course what's going on behind the scenes is extremely sophisticated.
Here's a shot of the trapdoor in the top of the hood that lets you drop the colorimeter into place without disturbing the hood. (For some reason I like the trapdoor.)
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Steve Rosenblum: "You audiophiles! Looks like you have both a sub-woofer and a woofer in that top photo! ;-) . The woofer looks rather fuzzy, too."
Tom Kwas: "Number 13 is the most valuable and vital piece of equipment!"
Scott: "I don't think the proof has ever been in the pudding. I think the proof has always been in the eating of said pudding."
ann peterson: "Butters is very photogenic!"
Mike replies: Thanks. Very charismatic too. He makes friends wherever he goes.