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yet another hard drive bites the dust

I've been scarce, I know. Not only have I had a whole heap of appointments - my computer woes have reared their ugly head yet again. The second drive in my new since November Dell PC, has bitten the dust and I've had to have it replaced - yep, if you've been keeping count that's 3 drives in 3 months. I've spent hours in that time reloading software, backing up, setting up, etc, etc. Needless to say I am never buying a Dell again.

I have been in the market for a new computer for upstairs and after this experience decided to jump ship after 20 something years as a Windows user and get a Mac. Aside from the cost, from which I'm still recovering - I have to say I am loving it. The learning curve is steep, I'm slowly getting the hang of it - but, you know, it's just so, so pretty.

I've also jumped off another boat after years of using Photoshop - it's something I've just always had on the computer and mostly just use it to crop, add my name/blog and correct lighting on my images - so it was totally under-utilised, and as my version was too old (like really, really old) to put on either of the new computers, I am using Pixelmator - got to say, so far I'm pretty impressed. $1600.00 for photoshop and $32.00 for Pixelmator. Huh. O.k., then.

I did do some drawing last week and have a couple of patterns to share once I can get it all together. For now, here's a little design I created whist playing with one of them :)


Have a great weekend!

hx

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  1. Gorgeous as usual! Love the swirly curly design. NancyD

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  2. Yeah for another MAC user! You'll never be sorry. I've had my (hand me down, from my geeky, must have the latest and greatest, son) MAC for years and absolutely no problems whatsoever! (and Pixelmator BTW; OK, is right! : ). Go forth and create.

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  3. Yeah I am a Mac user (and iPad user) too. Welcome to the in crowd. I have not heard of Pixelmator but will certainly look that up. Can't wait to hear more about the step outs for above tangle but I can "sort of" figure it out.

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  4. Everything you create, makes me smile. This is gorgeous!!

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  5. Good for you for finding a computer that will last! Pixelmator...I will have to see about it.

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  6. That's very pretty! Good luck with your new equipment!

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  7. je trouve ton travail merveilleux
    mireille

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  8. We have completely macified over the past 5 years and couldn't be happier but in our 6 mac books and mac book pro's we have had 2 hard drive failures so please back up both with time machine and a bootable back up program. We use SuperDuper. It has saved our life! Love your work, very inspiring

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    1. Thanks for the tip on SuperDuper - planning to set that up tonight :) I've got TimeMachine doing it's thing, but know that I need the bootable option, too.

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  9. All the frustrations and shock you've been experiencing hasn't interfered with you creativity. Thank goodness! Love this design. I have thought about getting a Mac also.

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  10. I love my Macbook Pro!!!! Like Cindy above I started out several years ago with my geeky sons hand me down (now he has a wonderful wife who gets the hand me downs). I adapted much quicker than I thought I would. I'm sure you will, too. I think there's about 6 Macs in our family now!
    Love your design! Elegant as always :)

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  11. After 20 years a DELL, PC user because of AutoCAD, last September, I switched to MAC. Love it. Have been frustrated a bit with iPhoto, but otherwise it is pretty intuitive. I am sure in no time you will be swimming along. I will use Parallels, the program that will allow me to see everything that was on my PC once I close the office in a month or two. Also, I plan to use Lightroom 5, currently installed, but still untapped for editing photos. I am told it takes up way less space. Love your work Helen, and always look forward to adding lime to my artistic diet!

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  12. helen, have you used pixelmator to edit photographs yet? i have so much money tied up in photoshop and actions i bought when i was doing my photography business. but i am interested in pixelmator - just wondered about pictures of life, not art, how does it work with that?

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    1. Hi Alice. I haven't used pixelmator for photos as yet, so can't give you any feedback. If I was able to load photoshop onto the new system I would have stuck with it - but certainly wasn't prepared to spend so much on a new version when I only use it in limited capacity. Pixelmator is a bit of a learning curve, but there's lots of how-to videos and so far I'm able to do what I need to with it and have actually learnt a few shortcuts along the way :) So I am happy.

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  13. Love MAC! Here's a nice tip my hubby just found, get Dropbox (go to dropbox (dot) com) it's fantastic for backing up everything!. There's a free version and it creates a 2GB file for you with a shortcut on your desktop, you put all your files in it and you can access it from any computer anywhere, anytime! My old PC was giving up the ghost and I couldn't back it up with a disc or thumb drive. Dropbox has been a life saver! Now I can access all my files from my new computer without the dreaded backup!

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    1. Dropbox is a great option! Thanks for that :)

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  14. You will love your Mac in no time! It really is easier than Windows. I switched 5 years ago and never looked back. Now I am all Apple all of the time...desktop, iPhone, laptop & iPad mini. Love them all. By the way, I use iPhoto to edit my photos. It really works well for me. Love your work and the new tangle is beautiful! ❤️

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  15. “I've spent hours in that time reloading software, backing up, setting up, etc…” –This is really frustrating. I hope you will never have the same encounter to your new computer. Anyway, your drawing is great! It’s good to see that you’re enjoying the added perks of the new software.

    Kurt

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  16. Hard drives are vulnerable to viruses, so it's best to scan them every once in a while. However, that doesn't really guarantee their overall life span. I think it's really smart of you to keep a hard drive. Files can be wiped away at any moment from your computer, so it's better to be safe than sorry. I love the illustration, by the way! Thanks for sharing that! All the best!

    Lillian Walker @ TaylorWorks

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