Long-time readers of my blog may remember my adventures with my 2009 27" iMac - adding eSATA, displaying all of Hamlet, and turning it into a monitor. That last bit has become increasingly handy lately, as I've repurposed that now-old iMac as a monitor and server. Here are some tips, tricks, and lessons if you'd like to do the same! Using an iMac As a Monitor I've known … [Read more...] about Repurposing an Older iMac As a Monitor and Server
Posts about the 2009 Apple iMac
This morning, Apple introduced the new iMac, with a build-to-order storage configuration called "Fusion Drive". But what is Fusion Drive? Although it could be an off-the-shelf hybrid drive, I believe it is a software driver in Mac OS X. Update: Apple's Knowledge Base article on Fusion Drive for Mac Mini and iMac essentially confirms my conclusion: Fusion Drive is a function of … [Read more...] about Is Apple’s Fusion Drive a Hybrid HDD or Tiering Software?
It's hard to comprehend how pixels translate into information. Last week, I purchased a 24 megapixel camera and a new “retina display” iPad with “only” a 3.1 megapixel screen. Although app vendors are scrambling to come up with a truly impressive retina display application for the iPad, none really tell the story. I think I've got them all beat... 65 Pages on One Screen In … [Read more...] about 75% of Hamlet on the iPad Retina Screen
Apple is not always quick to support new technologies, but they threw their weight behind 802.11n Wi-Fi as soon as hardware was available. They upgraded their access points, laptop and desktop computers beginning in 2006, though support importable devices lagged. But the capabilities of 802.11n devices varies widely, and today's Apple devices are no exception. 802.11n … [Read more...] about Which Apple Devices Support 802.11n Wi-Fi?
Datacenter servers commonly store data on shared networked storage arrays, but the laptops and desktops used by individuals continue to rely on internal hard disk drives. Enterprise arrays employ a number of performance enhancements, including large RAM caches and fast flash storage, but end users are stuck with single disks. This is changing, however, as users increasingly … [Read more...] about What Is Paired Storage?