It took a while, but Apple's Thunderbolt technology is finally proving its worth. The new Thunderbolt Display is called “the ultimate docking station” on Apple's website, and this may just be the case. With a single cable carrying power, display, and I/O from a thunderbolt equipped MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, the Thunderbolt Display really does transform what a laptop computer … [Read more...] about Apple’s Thunderbolt Display Shows the Future
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?
This regular series features highlights from the week. Hop By Hop TCP What is a Switch Network Fabric ? Deal: 1800 mAh iPhone backup battery for a measly $13 Web-based jailbreak returns, supports iPad 2 and any other iOS device Rumor: Apple soldering MacBook Air SSD to motherboard (and why it's a bad idea) (updated 2x) Zerto: Or What I Learned at Tech Field Day … [Read more...] about Back From the Pile: Interesting Links, July 8, 2011
Apple is once again on the cutting edge of PC design, reportedly ditching traditional storage controllers and turning to motherboard mounted flash storage for the new MacBook Air. Although most discussion so far has focused on the merits of this particular solution, the repercussions of such a move go far beyond Apple's sub notebook and point to a new era when SCSI and ATA … [Read more...] about Implications of the 2011 MacBook Air’s Unconventional SSD
Ask a Pack Rat A timely question from a comment on my cheap Momentus XT post and continued in my inbox: How well does [the Momentus XT] perform in a Mac laptop? What I've noticed is substantial slow-down on my older MB Pro when there's a lot of virtual memory usage (e.g. when running several apps plus Parallels.) For my next MBP (hopefully in the next 2-3 months), I'm … [Read more...] about Are Hybrid Hard Drives A Good Alternative To An SSD?