The miniStack may have started life as a third-party companion for the Mac mini, but with each new iteration, it becomes a nice complement to any Mac -- especially now that an optical drive is part of the mix.
During the Olympics Opening Ceremonies Friday night, Apple somewhat unceremoniously unveiled the makings of a new ad campaign featuring a young Genius Bar worker ready to help troubled Mac users anywhere and everywhere they need assistance. It’s always a bit exciting to see a new Apple ad -- but this trio of commercials have set off a bit of controversy for two reasons: 1) They’re dedicated to the Mac; and 2) they’re a major departure from what we’re used to.
It’s tough being an early adopter, such as those of us who jumped on board the Thunderbolt train earlier this year with a new Mac, only to discover there was so very little to plug into that I/O port. Among the many promises of Thunderbolt is a docking station, and Belkin appears poised to please on that front.
More than six months after its introduction, we’re still waiting for the explosion of cool peripherals to plug into our shiny new Thunderbolt I/O port which now comes standard with all Macs (save for the lone holdout, the Mac Pro). Sure, we’ve seen some awesome, lightning-fast RAID storage and some hints of other greatness to come, but what about other potential uses for the technology? Here are a dozen things we’d like to see that port used for -- so let’s get cracking, engineers!
Occasionally your Mac may refuse to boot due to any number of problems; however, you can still get to your important files so long as your hard drive is still intact. To do this, we’ll use a little-known boot utility called Target Disk Mode. Using this mode, you can connect your misbehaving Mac to another Mac and use it as an external hard drive, allowing you to retrieve your files and stow them at an alternative location.
You may have noticed that Apple refreshed their MacBook Pro line Thursday morning -- but did you notice that little lightning bolt symbol next to the Mini DisplayPort port? If not, you may be missing out on the real story with these new notebooks, which is the new Thunderbolt technology.
Despite being one of the first computer makers to adopt the fledging USB 1.0 technology with the original iMac, Apple has fallen a bit behind the curve now that USB 3.0 is here. But that may change later this summer, with rumors pointing to both Mac Pro and iMac refreshes that will bring faster connectivty.
I recently purchased a 13.3-inch aluminum unibody MacBook for
college. I love making films, in fact that is my current career choice,
but my camera only connects by FireWire. As you know, the aluminum
MacBook does not have a FireWire port. I like the camera I have, so I
don’t want to buy a new one. Do you know of any converter from FireWire
to USB that is decently affordable?
Earlier this week, at the IDF conference, Intel unveiled their revolutionary Light Peak optical connector, which promised a 10Gbps data throughput. In comparison, the maximum speed of USB 3.0, the successor to what we know as the the standard for data transfer, is 4.8Gpbs.
My DV camcorder connects to my MacBook via FireWire 400, and I use
it pretty frequently. I’d like to get a new MacBook Pro for college,
but I want to hang on to my camcorder too, and the new Pro models only
have FireWire 800. Is that port backward compatible, so I can still
plug my camcorder in?