I've really been enjoying using my Surface Book 2, but it's Adobe Creative Cloud performance has been terrible. In Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder, hardware acceleration (GPU) options were all disabled, which means that doing things like encoding video were being done on the CPU. My 15" Surface Book 2 has two GPUs: an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 adapter, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. It seemed to me that Adobe products were defaulting to the Intel driver, which isn't able to be selected for hardware acceleration.Read More
I've survived the first couple months of transition from a Mac-based workstation to a Windows-based one (still using a MacBook Pro as my main "life" computer, though). The NVIDIA GPU has been required for a lot of the work I'm doing in 360 and VR. The new machine features an overclocked 10-core i7 CPU and Titan X GPU, so it's very fast. But I was not so happy to see Adobe Media Encoder CC 2017 only using from 50-75% of my CPU. I seem to remember that AME used a higher % of available CPU resources on the Mac, but haven't done direct comparisons.
Tonight I learned how to make a shortcut to a folder on a NAS box in Windows. Happy Christmas Eve!
mklink /d "c:\Users\echeng\Desktop\picturesnas" "\\freenas\medianas\pictures"
... will put a folder called "picturesnas" on my Desktop that points to the "pictures" folder in the "medianas" share on my FreeNAS box. I'm frankly incredulous that you can't just make shortcuts of this stuff from the normal user interface. I assume "ln-s" would also work in Windows Bash shell, but Windows-mounted network shares don't show up in bash, and I'd have to mount them again.
After you do this, you can stick that symlink "file" in any folder and then drag it to your Quick Access area.
You really can't make this stuff up.
After much agonizing about the state of Apple's dedication in supporting power users, I decided to replace my Mac Pros at home and work with beefy Windows desktops (my laptop is still a MacBook Pro). At work, I now have a Falcon Northwest Talon (6-core), and at home, a custom 10-core workstation built by my good friends at Central Computers.Read More