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Here it comes…!

Over the weekend, I read everything I could find about Photoshop and what it likes to eat (works best with Intel, prefers processor speed to multiple cores…like that) and spec’ed the best machine I thought I could stretch to afford. It was a little hurty, but I believe in buying the best machine you possibly can in the hopes it will serve you longer.

Got to the checkout and…VAT had not been included.

They’re not supposed to do that for non-commercial clients. ‘Round these parts, VAT is 20%. If you think that isn’t a giant lead weight on the economy, I’m here to slap you around the ears with an inflated pig’s bladder.

Yes, I bought it anyway. Had it been anything less important to me, I would have dialed it back. A lot. Like, 20% worth, at least.

Current ETA is Monday the 10th (hey, after all that, I wasn’t going to pay for an expedited build). Oh, I also got a big ol’ monitor to replace the one that died a couple of months ago.

Stand by — you guys are about to get huge, sharp, colorful and super fast!

p.s. Stole the illustration from…somewhere.


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: November 26, 2018, 10:29 pm

If you hurry, you can jaunt over to Paris and watch them burn the Paris sites.

Better do that before Napoleon re-institutes the blockade!

Comment from MikeW
Time: November 26, 2018, 10:39 pm

Stand by — you guys are about to get huge, sharp, colorful and super fast!


Comment from BJM
Time: November 26, 2018, 11:18 pm


It’s always satisfying to pull the trigger and enjoy the anticipation of a new machine.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: November 26, 2018, 11:57 pm

Good luck with it!

Comment from technochitlin
Time: November 27, 2018, 1:35 pm

Good for you! (You should still do a trial of Affinity Photo and Designer, though…)

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 27, 2018, 6:24 pm

”Stand by — you guys are about to get huge, sharp, colorful and super fast!”

I am always interested in hearing about how difficult or easy major upgrades turn out to be.

I recall when Ry Cooder produced the first digitally recorded album
“Bop Till You Drop” in :-0 1979.

In the Liner Notes he commented on how much more difficult it made things because flaws that would have previously been unnoticeable became glaring.

So, remember if there’s too much detail with your new rig, you can always take off your glasses. Uh, Weasels do wear glasses sometimes, right?

Comment from Weaseltablet3
Time: November 27, 2018, 7:24 pm

Blind as the proverbial,Some Veg. Though I have really good ‘up close’ vision. Too many hours in front of a screen, I’m told.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: November 28, 2018, 5:05 am

WHat if you had a friend buy the thing in the US and he/she sent it to you in the mail? It would be a gift, of course, so there would be no VAT or sales tax, etc.

At some later date, your friend would receive a check for the exact amount the gift cost – pure coincidence of course.

I knew a guy from the Czech Republic where they really hammer citizens for buying stuff and he would always time his trips to LA with a shopping jag, including having stuff delivered and held by the hotel he would be staying at. He would then return home with a new PC, watch, camera without paying a penny of ransom to the Socialists.

20% seems too high. It has to dampen demand. And fuel a sort of black market.

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