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Posts by Brian Green

Solipsism, sure, it's their right to present us with Mac Pro's that aren't cutting edge. They've been succeeding at that for years. At least they have the common courtesy to dust off all the parts before assembling them. I simply don't have the heart to believe that the coming Mac Pro update will impress us at all. I've been let down too many times. I'll end up buying one someday, not because it inspires me, but because I'm a Mac user and I'll not use PC's...
Solipsism, it's one thing for Apple to continue to make money from Macs, and entirely another for them to routinely neglect pro users (and buyers). It's like a sad joke at this point that Jonathan Ives goes all out for other products (though he screwed everyone with the pitiful C2D chips in iMacs), and then does literally the very least he possibly can do with regard to the Mac Pro line. This IS his fault right? The finger must be pointed at him, correct? Or is there...
Marvin, I like your SD Card idea. I will admit that I very rarely use my optical drive, and it's 99% of the time for watching DVD's (because my 30" cinema display looks better than my TV). That other 1% is for upgrades. Having an SD Card option for software would be cool, and a lot easier to store. I already have an SD Card-USB adapter for my Nikon camera to import pictures with anyway, and that would work for my Mac Pro. I'm not as attached to the optical drive...
It really surprises me when people toss around this idea of getting rid of optical drives so easily. Are you serious? Perhaps you know different people than I know, but most of my friends that have laptops, ONLY have laptops. If they remove the optical drive, how will they update their OS? They sure as hell aren't all coming over to use my computer! The OS requires an optical drive. iLife requires an optical drive. iWork requires an optical drive. I'd LOVE to live...
It would seem to me that Apple would be well aware of any such constraints and are also looking toward the future of computing when determining how they are working with OS X. They know that all of their apps are going to go 64-bit. They know that all of their apps are going to require far more resources than they ever did before because technology is advancing. This isn't new to any of the folks in Cupertino. I think that more cores are the way of the future. I...
Thanks for that. We'll see if this helps. I really do appreciate the help. Now back on topic. I would love to see 8 cores dropped into the Mac Pro. Here's a question for the uneducated. If we're no longer after the whole, "fastest GHz" thing anymore, and are instead, focused on more cores to do the work, why does Apple not take the cheapest multi core chips they can get and just put four or six physical chips on a motherboard? It seems to me that if they can put...
Marvin, I routinely "Dust-off" the inside of my MacPro. It's a habit I picked up while deployed in the Middle East. Because of your suggestion, I went the extra step and actually pulled the GPU out (it's the NVidia Quadro FX 4500) and used the air on it from every angle. Only the slightest bit of dust came out (and the card was rather hot to touch). I bought this card in particular because it got such good ratings and reviews. I never would have thought I'd have this...
I'd love to see a smaller Mac Pro. I refuse to believe they can't make the thing smaller. They've gone to great lengths to make every other thing they produce smaller, and yet the Mac Pro is still this monstrosity on my desk. If I didn't need the 8 cores for 1080 HD editing, I'd have downgraded. I've tried doing it on my brother's iMac and thanks, but no thanks. I'll keep my 8 cores. I dread the thought if the next Mac Pro still being in the same massive enclosure...
It'll be interesting to see what they do with the changes. The flap for the USB port is interesting, but getting the USB from my scanner into it is difficult. My guess is that they measured for the iPod USB chord and didn't factor in that there are thicker USB chords out there. I've never used the minidisplay port so I don't know how it works. It seems to me that there's very little they could remove from the MBA that would make it lighter. I suppose there's always...
All of the recent talk regarding AMD has me wondering if Apple will be using one of their chips (and ATI graphics) in the next MBA. We've seen the processing strategy go from GHz to being one demanding more cores to split up the work at lower power. Perhaps AMD gave Apple a glimpse at something coming up that's multicore, and doesn't limit them to the Intel chipsets. It would seem to me that they are waiting on something. iMacmatician mentioned the LV Core i7's in the...
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