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macbook farm

Not only does this MacBook look happy to be rendering frames, it is happy to be alive at all. Having a steady not-for-profit job is just icing on the cake. Although battered and bruised, this little guy is perfectly functional and can help get the job done.

macbook farm 2

Just using OS X’s built-in Screen Sharing functionality, some AppleScript tools, and some clever render setup it is easy to get renders offloaded from the main workstation.


Look how happy these frames are!

So, not really a “farm”, but I can guarantee this MacBook puts forward more effort per frame than other nameless render farm nodes. . .

(Peter Moxom wisely points out its closer resemblance to a garden rather than a farm)


4 Responses

  1. Ben Pohl says:

    Does the MBP get proper cooling from its fan when closed?

    • andrew says:

      I don’t actually have it closed up, the display is actually what is propping it up in this case. The unibodies exhaust opening is larger when the display is opened up a bit. Even with it not opened up all the way, the unibody runs cooler than my older 17″ MBP when rendering.

  2. Liran Koren says:

    Hi I really love your blog, You are the best.

    And thank you fot FN software. saved me a lot of time.

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