The joys of being cross-platform

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Ever since Tymmnn posted that LAX 8K video the other day I’ve been trying to download it to my computer. Over the years I’ve found that if I like a video it usually disappears before I have a chance to share it with anyone. On a daily basis I usually use a Windows 10 i7 machine, and the app I was using would crap out about 4% of the way through the project. Today I remembered that I had some other downloading apps on the Mac side, and fired up the trusty ol’ Hackintosh to check it out.

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Even though that computer has a lesser processor (i5 instead of i7) and half as much memory (16GB as opposed to 32GB), I was able to get the video in glorious 4K (no need for the 8K version since I have nothing that will play it at that res). I’m not saying one type of system is better than any other, but it’s nice to be able to try different systems to see if one can handle a project that the other can’t.

Now I need to spend the next few days resuscitating a pile of Windows 7 systems and getting them the free upgrade to Windows 10 before that offer expires, which I think is happening on the 14th or 15th. I suspect that the value of un-upgraded systems will plummet after MS cuts off the free upgrades, and I don’t want to be left with a bunch of stuff that has little value.

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