As I mentioned in my previous article, I decided to buy the 13" Core i5 (base model) MacBook Pro. It meets my needs as a travel workstation, but how does it perform? I decided to benchmark it against my other Macs to see how it stands up. Benchmark Details The following benchmarks were performed using Xbench and Geekbench, running on a freshly-booted machine. Xbench is … [Read more...] about Benchmarking the 2011 13″ Core i5 MacBook Pro
SDXC and its partner, exFAT, are on the rise and gaining support in the latest digital cameras. New Sony models like my NEX-5 add SDXC support, as do new models from Canon, Nikon, and others. Photographers are mainly interested in the increased speed and capacity of these cards, but many will face a challenge when trying to use them in their Macintosh computers. Thankfully, it … [Read more...] about Introducing SDXC and exFAT in Apple Mac OS X
I didn't intend to buy a new iMac. I was happy with my Mac Mini desktop system and my MacBook Pro was a fine portable (now that the video has been repaired). I simply wanted more display real estate so I could do some video editing. But my shopping trip took a detour at the Apple store: The 27" iMac is simply the best computer monitor you can buy, and it happens to have a great … [Read more...] about Turn Your 27″ iMac Into An Awesome Monitor
Are you the kind of person who always wants the best? Does an upgrade that costs as much as the original item sound like a good investment? Are you the owner of a 2009 Mac Mini? Then you're in luck! Apple's latest firmware update allows nVidia-based Mac Minis to be upgraded to 8 GB of RAM! With 4 GB SO-DIMMs now available for about $250, this means you can be the envy of the … [Read more...] about Got Excess Money? Upgrade Your 2009 Mac Mini RAM To 8 GB!
Apple today revised their desktop computer lineup, including a quick refresh of the already updated Mac Mini. The new Mini lineup sports faster CPUs, larger hard drives, and an interesting twist on the hacks we've all already been performing: A dual-hard disk drive Mac Mini Server with no optical drive! Maybe we won't need to upgrade the Mini right out of the box anymore... … [Read more...] about Mac Mini: Apple’s Inexpensive Server