Upgrade of PMAL
“The time has come”, said badger….
To put in a proposal to upgrade the Ploughshares Media Arts Lab. Right now we have 5 PowerMacs and 5 PCs. My proposal is that we move all the video editing to the Macs and use the PCs for Finale and drafting (Mickey White). Thus I propose that we get 10 replacement Macs and upgrade the PCs to Windows XP and the latest version of Vectorworks but remove Photoshop, Premier, etc
PMAL upgrade proposal
- 10 2GHz iMac with 20” screen, 2Gb memory and 400 Gb drive. This will see us clear for at least 3 years. $2306 per machine. $23,000 for the systems. This will provide enough local storage for large projects. Remote storage on XServe.
- USB audio input switches
- midi keyboards
- upgrade the Gigabit switch to accomodate 32 or 24 ports.
- new plotter (Epson??) which will print poster size. Epson Stylus Pro 9800, 44” wide, $5,000. Mac OS 10.4 supported.
- sort out cost of redoing the furniture. Space for keyboards.
— server and clients on LDAP. Users log in as normal and retain their configurations on local machine. Xserve acts as fast access backup for projects.
- Apple X-Serve 2GHz CPU, 4Gb RAM, 1080Gb storage space, Combo drive. $5,500.
- iMac. Final Cut Pro, Photoshop Elements v3, iLife (bundled). Finale. Sundry creative utilities.
Posted by markp at 11:51 AM
Talking to ‘his coolness’ Kevin Miles about a dead brill course idea:
Modern Media and the Shaping of Cultural Consciousness
- plan for Spring 08
- make Ford-Knight proposal Fall 07
- get PDF support for summer 07
- outside money — grant applications?
- find some other places which have done similar things and get ideas
- have F-K students specialise in one section and build a repository of media fragments to use.
V useful documentary :
Advertising and the end of the world
- film — advertising clips. Have students remix clipettes into their own advertising critique
- audio — podcast including radio commercials perhaps …
- billboards — create big billboard
Posted by markp at 06:00 PM
SpamLookup plugin for M.T
SpamLookup is a M.T plugin for identifying and eliminating weblog trackback and comment spam. Works with M.T 3.1 but is rolled in to M.T 3.2
So…. we really do need to have a conversation about blogging software directions. It seems to me we have three options:
- Rely solely on the blogging module coming up for Moodle
- Stay with Moveable Type v2.61. Pro — it works. Con — but for how long? Cumbersome to set up, and not likely to be used much.
- Move to M.T v3.x. Pro — supported, and lotsa useful plugins. Cons — costs money for licence.
- Move to Wordpress? Pro — it’s free, has built-in wiki. Cons — needs MySQL & Php. Pro — no ‘rebuilds’, easier to set up. Cons — single blog per user.
Posted by markp at 11:24 AM