Wednesday, December 7, 2022

The King is Dead. Long Live the King!

For over seventeen years, my trusty Cintiq has been by my side through thick and thin, the ups and the downs, the easy pieces, and the extremely difficult ones. Throughout the majority of my career, this has been the most consistent and reliable piece of equipment that I have had. I am not sure if these were built to last seventeen years, but I can tell you that the other computers, connectors, and operating systems never made it easy to keep this Cintiq going. I had to use an old computer and a series of dongles to use it for years. 

But sadly, we finally reached a point of no return. The older computer was so old that basic functionalities were slowly being phased out, and there wasn't an update to the OS in years. The computer was finally the final nail in the coffin. Without a computer with very old drivers and enough dongles to connect it, this mighty Cintiq has now become nothing more than a doorstop. Not the ending fitted to a device that I created so, SO, SOOOOOOOOOOO much on, but it is the sad fate for a lot of electronic devices.

This Cintiq has seen many things - horrors and wonders from beyond space and time.

The king is dead. Long live the king! With a new computer at my side, it was only fitting to be paired with a new Cintiq. It was long overdue for a full update to my system, which finally happened over the past few months. After reaching a stopping point in my workflow last week, it was finally time to set everything up. Migration to the new computer started at about 90 hours but eventually reduced to a couple of days. Then there was getting settings, logins, and preferences all back up and working as needed. After all that, I am happy to say that my new Cintiq, with its fancy ergonomic stand, is powered up and working.

It will take some time to adjust to the new Cintiq, but I think it will work fine.

On a side note, there are a lot of cascading effects of getting a new computer, like all of the other equipment you have been nursing for years, finally reaches its limits. Here is an example of a dongle chain that has kept a piece of equipment going for over twenty years. It finally has reached its end as well. It was a huge surprise to find out a replacement device would be around twenty dollars. The old one cost many times that much over twenty years ago. It was quicker, easier, and cheaper to replace it rather than try to extend the dongle chain. In a day or two, my entire computer setup will be replaced and updated. First time in a LONG time, but it should keep me set for the foreseeable future.

Dingle dongle

That is all for another exciting Wednesday on the blog. See you back here on Friday! Until then...

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  1. Strangely Enough, I have those exact models, the one just gave up the ghost about a year or two ago, and I bought the one that you have. The best investment I have bought to assist with that was the 3 piece arm that mounts to the desk and I can make the cintiq float and I can move it around. Nice when I want more desk space, or to lean back in the chair and work.

    1. Nice! My ergonomic stand that I have for it is so far great and I am thrilled to have it.