I know it's a poor workman who blames his tools but...
After 7 years of being self-employed I am in need of gainful employment again. I interviewed with a firm this past week and today was to be a day on the job to see how I can handle things. In the interview I was told I would be working on am iMac. I though great, my home machine is an iMac FP 17" w. 768 MB Ram. Anyhow much to my dismay I was put in front of a Dalmatian iMac w. a mere 128 MB RAM running Panther.
The programs to be used were Quark 4 (in Classic), Illustrator 10 and Photoshop 7. I know it's not very Mac of me but I am also very used to my 3 button scroll mouse and I was working with the 1 button Pro mouse. I found the whole situation rather frustrating as I waited for screen redraws in Quark and had to deal with Illustrator plodding along like it was in thick goo.
I always thought the professionals used the good machines.
Ob La Di, Ob La Da
[ April 23, 2004, 07:18 PM: Message edited by: Irie Guy ]
unfortunately, mississauga is right. if you need the steady cheque (and who doesn't) you might want to bite the bullet and use their equipment, but there's nothing worse than being expected to perform on sub-par machines. i've been there and i'm glad i'm not there now.
doesn't sound like there's too much choice in paisley, ontario, but if you can, shop around. if not, seriously...bite the bullet, pressure them (politely) to at least get you some more ram, and collect your cheque. that set-up sounds insulting, but it's also part of working for a living, i suppose. hang in there.
None of these places want to spend money on something that has been working for them. You have to delicately (subconsciously maybe?) convince them that production will be faster and better if the upgrade in some way. Whether its RAM or just a better used G4 or something.
Oddly enough I've been self employed for 7 years as well and just started a "regular" job again. My pain is that I work on a PC ... I feel filthy [img]graemlins/scream.gif[/img]
yeah I agree about getting the $$ out of them for your rendering/set up time ... but if they are a busy place and keep watching you on deadlines and stuff it could get real annoying watching your work stack up when you could finish in half the time on just your home computer
Don't get me wrong, I actually appreciated the opportunity today. It was strange however I was originally scheduled to just work the morning 9-12 but then that turned into a full day. I still do not know however if I got the job or not.
As far as renumeration goes it definitely is a junior level position but they seem to expect a lot for that rate. I was just glad to give it the old college try. I was a little bit rusty. It's been 6 years since I worked directly in the industry and I have never been a great fan of Illustrator. Unfortunately 90% off my Vector experience has been with years of Corel on the PC side. I also haven't really looked at Quark since I left Sheridan in 93. It's been all Pagemaker which turned into InDesign.
It's hard to break years of habits. If I do get the job I will at least be sure to bring in my own mouse. [img]graemlins/lmao.gif[/img]