Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:35 am

Here is a app thats helping me keep things organised, http://www.sanedeskapp.com

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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:05 pm

Is the NEW Macbook Pro a disappointment to the Mac users here?

I was initially very disappointed but after testing one out at my local Mac store I became a little less disappointed. It is faster than my mid 2002 MBP and the graphics card is probably up to 130% faster. The keyboard is very slick and I think the x2 size trackpad could also be leveraged, possibly with apps like Thimble form https://thimblemac.com which I'm testing now with SketchUp.

One of the main complaints has been the need for a load of adaptors! What the hell were Apple thinking? This is also the reason I have not upgraded to the iPhone 6 or 7. I've stuck with my iPhone 5 as I have too many peripherals to just abandon it although the improved camera in the iPhone 7 is now enticing me.

I've just come across a soon to be launched solution for the new MBP's lack of ports that looks quite cool! Its the DEC from OWC. There's no concrete launch date or pricing yet but I'll be keeping an eye out.

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While OWC advise that the DEC handle,

Up to 4TB of additional Flash/SSD storage (for a maximum of 6 TB, including factory capacity)
SD Card Slot/Multi-Media card slot
USB 3 Type A Ports for standard USB cabled devices
Gigabit Ethernet
And other features to be announced at a later date


Its the 'other features' that I'm interested in learning about ..... maybe the capability to handle power graphics card / chip!

Further details on the DEC may be found here, http://blog.macsales.com/39345-owc-make ... ng-product
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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby pbacot » Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:11 pm

IDK about ethernet and card slots, neither of which I expect to use in the future, but did they eliminate USB and HDMI too? Crazy
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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:40 am

pbacot wrote:IDK about ethernet and card slots, neither of which I expect to use in the future, but did they eliminate USB and HDMI too? Crazy


Yep, they did! I agree its crazy. But its creating some business opportunities for others. I've just noticed the 'HyperDrive' on Kickstarter.

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hy ... nav_search

One of these plugged into both sides of the new MBP would be an improvement over the current port arrangement on the last generation MBP but it looks like they only have a left side unit.
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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby slbaumgartner » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:18 pm

The second adapter Mike showed is to my mind just a variety of dongle. I don't like dongles because they are always at risk of getting flexed and breaking either the dongle or the port on the computer.

The photos Mike posted earlier answer one question I had about that "below decks dock", namely how does it connect. In the left image you can see a little, thin sort of flap connector going up from the dock to the USB-C port on the side of the MBP. This idea seems to me better, since battery life is one of the biggest things going to pot in Apple's relentless drive to make devices as thin as a sheet of paper. That leaves two other questions: how does it fasten to the bottom of the MBP, and how does it affect heat dissipation through the bottom (as anyone who actually uses a MBP on their lap can tell you, the bottom can get quite warm!). I guess we'll see after they are readily available on the market.

What I would really like is for Apple to "future proof" the MBP by providing some kind of system bus connector through the bottom by which users could add things such as more RAM, a different graphics adapter, bigger battery, etc. - things that are not upgradable because they are all soldered down. My cynical side says that they may avoid such a port because it would eat into their lucrative sales of new models, though those sales are sagging on their own anyway...
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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:38 am

@slbaumgartner

I agree about the DEC. I would like to learn a lot more about 'whats in the box'.

Working with the MBP on the lap can get uncomfortable. I recently picked up a Belkin CoolSpot Cushion Laptop Cooling Pad on Amazon and its doing the job of keeping things cool for me and the MBP.

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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby pbacot » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:06 am

Thx!
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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby pbacot » Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:03 pm

Mike Lucey wrote:
pbacot wrote:IDK about ethernet and card slots, neither of which I expect to use in the future, but did they eliminate USB and HDMI too? Crazy


Yep, they did! I agree its crazy. But its creating some business opportunities for others. I've just noticed the 'HyperDrive' on Kickstarter.

HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for 2016 MacBook Pro.jpg

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hy ... nav_search

One of these plugged into both sides of the new MBP would be an improvement over the current port arrangement on the last generation MBP but it looks like they only have a left side unit.

But hey that covers up the power port doesn't it?
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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby slbaumgartner » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:04 pm

pbacot wrote:But hey that covers up the power port doesn't it?


There's another USB-C on the other side of the MBP. You'd have to use that for power. There is no single-purpose power port any more.

This is another reason why I think Apple went too far in their quest for paper-thinness in this latest MBP. They seem to have lost track of the things that matter to the heavy-duty Mac user vs the general public. Yeah, it's nice when a laptop is as thin and light as possible, but not when I have to sacrifice connectivity and carry around a mess of adapters!

Edit: I missed the point that you were commenting on what happens if you connect dongles to both sides.
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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby solo » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:10 pm

This is another reason why I think Apple went too far in their quest for paper-thinness in this latest MBP. They seem to have lost track of the things that matter to the heavy-duty Mac user vs the general public. Yeah, it's nice when a laptop is as thin and light as possible, but not when I have to sacrifice connectivity and carry around a mess of adapters!


Guess the balance of form and function is off.
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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby pbacot » Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:10 pm

I still have an older MBP Two USB, Two Thunderbolt HDMI, SD Card reader, headphone jack, separate power jack.
I don't know of any reasons to upgrade.
I thought this is what the MB "Air" was all about. My wife uses it and it does fine for her business. It probably has more connectivity than the new MBP.
I have no idea where Apple is headed. It used to be exciting to watch. Now it's meh.
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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby slbaumgartner » Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:52 pm

I'm using a mid-2012 MBP Retina. The only thing about it I would change is that I wish I had maxed out the memory when I bought it. 8GB seemed like a lot at the time, but is today sometimes marginal.
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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:47 pm

pbacot wrote:But hey that covers up the power port doesn't it?


It does but you plug the power into the adaptor.
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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:54 pm

slbaumgartner wrote:I'm using a mid-2012 MBP Retina. The only thing about it I would change is that I wish I had maxed out the memory when I bought it. 8GB seemed like a lot at the time, but is today sometimes marginal.


I have the same year as you. I purchased a refurbished MBPR with 16GB memory and 750 Flash storage. I even now find the 16GB is a bit on the tight side.
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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby pbacot » Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:42 pm

Does anyone know of a good file search program for use on the Mac. (built-in search is useless).
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Re: Useful MAC Apps and Hardware [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:28 am

pbacot wrote:Does anyone know of a good file search program for use on the Mac. (built-in search is useless).


You might try EasyFind https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/11076/easyfind Its also free :thumb:
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Apple Engineer Talks About New 2016 Macbook Pro

Postby Mike Lucey » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:33 pm

Apple Engineer Talks About New 2016 Macbook Pro
https://youtu.be/-XSC_UG5_kU

PS: If you understand Spanish, turn the speaker off.
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How to Keep Your Application Window “Always on Top” in Mac

Postby Mike Lucey » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:04 am

Hi Guys,

I posted about Afloat some time ago. At the time I found it to be an extremely useful utility, especially when working on a single monitor as it 'floated' apps that you need on top.

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Recent Mac OS upgrades made Afloat installation impossible but with High Sierra its possible again.

I discovered great step by step instructions by Damian, here, https://www.maketecheasier.com/mac-keep ... ys-on-top/

If you install Afloat don't forget to re-enable System Integrity Protection.

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