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macOS Server

OS X Server value

OS X Server is one of the best values in IT. Just compare OS X server pricing with Windows Server pricing: OS X Lion Server: $49.99 add-on to Lion with unlimited clients. [Update: OS X Server now costs $19.99.] Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard: $1029 with 5 clients. $1209 with 10 clients. $3919 with 25…

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iOS devices

Configurator

Apple just released a new tool to manage iOS devices called Configurator. In terms of features, it fits between the simple iPhone Configuration Utility and the more heavyweight Profile Manager solution in OS X Lion Server. Configurator can prepare up to 30 devices at once. The preparation includes configuration profiles and a list of apps…

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iOS devices

The New iPad

Apple announced the new iPad today. It will inevitably sell like hotcakes. The notable new features include: 2048 x 1536 retina display 4G (LTE) wireless connectivity A5X processor with quad-core graphics Camera with 5-megapixel sensor and improved optics Voice dictation Like the iPad 2, there are separate models for Verizon and AT&T. This is unfortunate.…

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Mac hardware

Adding an SSD to a Mac Pro

Solid state drive prices have been plummeting over the past few months. I couldn’t resist buying a Crucial M4 128 GB drive for $129. This drive is highly regarded for its speed and reliability. Although my Mac Pro doesn’t have a SATA 3 interface to take full advantage of the M4’s speed, using an SSD…

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Applications Product reviews Virtualization

Parallels 7 First Impressions

Currently, there are three options for desktop virtualization on the Mac. VirtualBox is free, but it lacks some of the ease-of-use and fancy integration features available in its commercial counterparts VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop. I have been running Fusion 3 for years, but I wanted to start running Lion as a guest OS. This is supported…

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Miscellaneous

Welcome

This blog will be used as a forum to discuss interesting problems I’ve encountered, the state of Macs in businesses, new Mac-related product launches, and my own product evaluations. Feel free to send me an email if there’s a particular Mac or iOS topic you’d like me to cover.