Macintosh

Replacing a RAID set under El Capitan

Over Thanksgiving, one of the two drives in my "Big Disk" RAID (it was a mirror of 2 2TB drives that I used to store large things that aren't worth having on the SSD on my Mac Pro).   Generally speaking, my response to failures with SMART (especially with cheap spinning rust drives) is to replace the drive immediately and if it's a set of drives in a RAID to consider replacing both of them and bumping to the next most efficient capacity.  

Great piece on user interface evolution

Matt Gemmell penned a great piece on User Interface design and evolution as it relates to, well, a lot of things. It's definitely worth the time to read Tail Wagging.

Where'd my darned flash go!

I received a question this afternoon from my cousin about the amount of free flash in her MacBook Air and figured that the answer would probably be useful to others as well. Note that none of this is officially from Apple, so it might be wrong, but I have had quite a few SSDs and the vast majority of it is correct, or at least a jumping off point.

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My take on Macintosh security

Ah, a new release.... must be time for another slew of articles aimed at getting press and money for the "security" folks out there. For those of us with Macintoshes, here is my take on the whole Macintosh virus situation.

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Snow Leopard Releases Friday

Many of you have already seen that Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) will be releasing on Friday. I've been running it as my primary OS on my laptop since the WWDC in June and look forward to getting a real install on there. You're probably also aware that PPC machines will not run 10.6 (and beyond), so this upgrade is Intel Macintosh only. Here is roadmap through the upgrade products.

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Resetting login password on a Macintosh

Due to a problem encountered by a friend recently when trying to deal with a lost admin password on a relative's Macintosh, I had occasion to revisit the topic of resetting Macintosh passwords. This is both an interesting tip, and a cautionary tale for those with important data on their computers.

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Replacing an old Mac with new

With Apple having announced some new machines, with really nice price points within the last week, I've been asked by some friends what my suggestions would be for copying the data to a new machine and removing data from the old one. Here, I'll try to put forth my current thoughts on these two issues.

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On the new MacBooks/Pros

As I write this today, I'm the happy owner of a new MacBook Pro (the "unibody" or "late 2008" version). So, what of it? So far, so great. I'm very happy with the purchase and I'm looking forward to making a happy new Mac user of the designated recipient of my old MacBook Pro. For more details on the new offerings, read on.

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Get A Mac ads are like the Roadrunner...

A good analysis from Charles Miller of the popularity and purposefulness of the PC in the Get A Mac ads. The article recons that the same play is at work with the PC in the ads as was with the coyote in the Roadrunner cartoons.

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iPhone 3G doesn't charge with FireWire (USB Only)

A little known (but much loved by me) feature of every iPod (except the Shuffle) and the original iPhone was that you could charge the phone using the FireWire port on your computer. Of course, it's been quite a while since you could transfer data over FireWire, but you could buy a cable that powered the iPod/iPhone via FireWire and exchanged data over USB. Why would you want to do this? Simple: for USB ports to be powered, a Mac must be on (not in sleep mode). This means you can't sleep your Mac and charge your iPhone. However, FireWire didn't have that same requirement, and Apple kept the FireWire ports hot even as long as your computer was plugged into the wall, regardless of sleep mode.

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