Check out this video review of my SmirkAbout.com iPhone 4 skin featuring my Fire Monkey character. This guy really LOVES the Fire Monkey! Really fun to see something I’ve designed be reviewed like this. Thanks to Blunty3000!
To get a little more speed out of my Mac Pro from 2006, I decided to upgrade my system harddrive to a Corsair 128 GB SSD Performance disk. I had heard that SSD drives could boost system performance by quite a great deal, and wanted to try it out. At 500 USD, it was a bit pricey, but worth a shot. It’s a lot cheaper than buying a new Mac Pro anyway.
Installation was super easy. The drive is 80 grams in weight, and pretty tiny. I just put it inside my Icy Dock 2.5 SSD to 3.5 SATA drive converter, flipped the cover down and swoop. It was connected. I screwed it onto the Mac Pro’s hinge and it was ready to go. I initialized it in OS X, and just ran an OS X install directly to the drive. Easy.
Shut-down/Boot up time:
To get this 100% accurate, I decided to use the restart function to gauge boot times. Basically this also shows how much time the computer uses to shut down and then restart.
Standard harddrive: 1 minute 26.6 seconds
SSD harddrive: 26.7 seconds
Application start-up time:
I also did a test of how much different the application startup time was between the two harddrive types.
All running Snow Leopard, no plugins installed.
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Harddrive: 22.6 seconds
SSD: 4.4 seconds
Adobe Illustrator CS5
Harddrive: 21 seconds
SSD: 5 seconds
Adobe After Effects CS5
Harddrive: 35 seconds
SSD: 29.9 seconds
Autodesk Maya 2011 64 bits (1 plugin)
Harddrive: 30 seconds
SSD: 8.3 seconds
As you can see, some of these apps launch at incredible speed on an SSD drive compared to a standard SATA harddrive. Maya actually takes 22 seconds longer to start on that drive. So far, this is looking like a very good upgrade to my Mac.And it worked a lot better than the voodoo curse I tried putting on it last week.
So to sum up:
Superior SSD Technomonology 1 – Voodoo 0.
KARVT just released my artist series Macbook Skin. Laser etched onto authentic fine quality wood, ready to attach to your Mac for $50.KARVT is the product of my friend Kurt Barbee and his business partner/designer Sean Herman. Truly quality products, made with great finesse.
Buy one here:
I am not entirely sure how my Pirate Pandas became “Ninja Pandas”, but that’s cool 😉
Deinos is now ready and available for sale at
I’ve got a bunch of Spotify Invites up for grabs, so feel free to use one or give it to a friend:
‘The Birth of Deinos’ is my solo show in New York City, on the 15-19th July at Ouchi Gallery in collaboration with Shadow Plastic. The five first Deinos figures will be sold here along with a selection of giclÃ¨e canvases and prints. If you’d like to get ahold of a Deinos toy, this will be the only chance for the next two months.