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
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?
The Eye-Fi card holds serious promise and is a marvel of engineering and miniaturization. If only it worked. In my real-world test at Tech Field Day 6, the Eye-Fi proved frustrating, failing to live up to my expectations and showing serious flaws in design and execution. The Out-of-Box Experience For more information on the Eye-Fi card line-up, see Introducing the Eye-Fi X2 … [Read more...] about Hands-On Review: The Eye-Fi Connect X2 Card
Consumers and businesses love wireless networking, but the latest version of 802.11 "Wi-Fi" will leave many scratching their heads. With a confusing array of optional features, most of which are disabled by default for compatibility, today's 802.11n products will not deliver the performance gains promised by vendors and expected by consumers. Let's take a look at the key … [Read more...] about Not All 802.11n Networks Are Alike