Apple's brand-new MacBook Air might not look much from the outside, but a revolution lurks under the hood: This is the first mainstream computer to eschew SATA in favor of PCIe SSD! Long heralded in workstations and servers, PCIe SSD brings massive potential for storage performance. Apple Bets on SSD Apple was first out of the gate in switching to all-SSD storage for their … [Read more...] about Apple Brings PCIe SSD To The Masses In The New MacBook Air
The world of storage can be confusing, with obscure terms hiding massive differences in technology and performance. Such is the case for the latest PCI express SSDs: They are much faster than traditional SAS or SATA SSDs, but many aren't sure exactly why. In this article, I will try to explain the real difference. Let's get it out of the way from the start: All SSDs are fast … [Read more...] about Why Are PCIe SSDs So Fast?
Apple's MacBook laptops have become increasingly desirable and successful, making them a prime target for thieves. Now that Mac OS X includes integrated and efficient full disk encryption, I recommend that everyone with a MacBook enable it. It's easy, nonintrusive, and a potential lifesaver if your machine is stolen! Why Encrypt Your MacBook? Like so many features in Mac OS … [Read more...] about MacBook Users: Encrypt Your Drive with OS X FileVault! It’s Easy and Free!
It's not always easy to tell if your system needs more memory, or if it's just slow. In this article, I will present an easy method for even a computer novice to know whether he has enough memory on his Mac! Virtual Memory and Page Outs Most people are aware that computers contain at least two different kinds of memory: Main system RAM is used by running programs Disks … [Read more...] about How To Tell If Your Mac Needs More Memory
As soon as I saw the announcement of the next generation MacBook Pro with Retina display, I knew I needed to have one. I switched from a 15 inch MacBook Pro to a 13 inch aluminum unibody model last year, but I missed the high-resolution display. Since there were no major feature omissions apart from Gigabit Ethernet, I decided to buy the new model. While purchasing the … [Read more...] about Apple Thunderbolt Ethernet Adapter: A Mini Marvel