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After a Mac Memory Upgrade, What Next?

After an Apple memory upgrade, your next stop is probably upgrading your Mac with newer Apple software.  We found this interesting article in MacTuts recently about some of the obstacles that users may encounter along the way.  Robert Anthony does an excellent job of providing users with a couple options on how to take newer software that you already own on a newer Mac system and use it for your older Mac that you just souped up with the help of new Ramjet memory.   In this example, a 2009 MacBook Pro is going to make use of newer software...

MacMemory Tip - Apple RAM in Pairs?

Often we have customers asking if they should install Apple memory as a matched pair or not. With the exception of Apple RAM for the Mac Pro Model IDs 1,1 and 2,1 and the Mac Pro 3,1, no other Mac requires memory to be installed in a matched pair. Performance Improvement When people talk about a "matched pair" performing better, they are talking about very specific cases of two modules of the same size when compared to an individual module of the same size. For example, a pair of 2GB modules (4GB total memory) will perform better than a single...

Creative Spot - Illustration Friday

Dealing with artist's block is a given for any artist, no matter your medium.  Frequent advice is to just plow forward and create just for the sake of creating.  At some point the passion will reignite and you can continue to burst forward. But if your creative brain is really dried up, it can be hard to even put pencil to paper, or to take the camera out in public and just start shooting.  There are websites out there with keyword suggestions or theme suggestions to get you started in just being active and creating, even if the prompt is...

Mac Tip - What mAh Means for Batteries

Looking to purchase a Ramjet battery but confused by some of the terminology? Today we'll look at what mAh means and how it relates to the life you will get out of your battery. mAh is shorthand for milliamp hours, which is how electronic power over time can be measured. With a higher milliamp rating, the fully-charged battery is capable of powering a device for a longer amount of time, or capable of powering a device that consumes more power. Different manufacturers measure their battery capacity in slightly different ways, but for the purposes of a laptop battery, you can...

Creative Spot - Apple fighting to win back Adobe users

Last week, the LA Times ran a story detailing Apple's new campaign in which they are launching new updates to Final Cut Pro X, and a series of videos promoting why video professionals should be using Final Cut Pro - reaching out to the users they are acutely aware they lost to Adobe Premiere. The response so far from professionals seems to be skeptical, not only because they still feel a bit stung over the initial loss of features in FCP X, but because they feel like Apple has been ignoring them lately - with comments like "where's the new...

Mac Tip - Using your Mac as a server

Apple currently makes two machines that come in a variation intended to be used as a server. The Mac Pro 5,1 Server has multiple options: The Quad-core, the 8-core, the 6-core, and the 12-core. The other option is the 6,1 or 6,2 Mac Mini Server. There are clearly a few differences between the decision to use the Mac Pro or Mac Mini as your server. The Mac Pro is highly upgradable whereas the Mini has limitations on how far it can be upgraded due to it's size. The other major difference is that the 5,1 Mac Pro uses ECC DIMMs...

Creative Spot - Free Final Cut Pro Film Effects

Final Cut Effects creators CrumplePop have a few cool effects you can download from their site for free - including these Noir Modern Light Film Effects that instantly make your shots look like you filmed them in Gotham City. Check out their free downloads for Final Cut Pro X by clicking here and their free title effects for Final Cut Pro 6 and 7 by clicking here.

Mac Tip - Adding Memory to your Mac Pro

Sometimes customers ask if there is a particular order they should use when adding memory to their Mac Pro or if they need to take out the existing memory. Memory in the Mac Pro 1,1 through 3,1 must be installed in pairs; once you have more than two modules installed, the modules must be seated next to each other on the riser. In many machines that have never been updated, you will most likely have to move the modules you have as default in your machine around, but you can absolutely use them with the new modules. Often the modules...

Creative Spot - Inspire Me Now

Check out this awesome Tumblr blog by Szymon Blasczyk, featuring all manner of things he finds inspiring: graffiti, products, art, and more. Maybe something that inspires him will inspire you too. Here's some of our favorites:

Mac Tip - Formatting Hard Drives

Recently, a customer asked if our drives come formatted, and if not, how to go about formatting the drive. Our SSD hard drives do come formatted, but we do not format our other hard drives drives prior to shipment (mainly this is due to the wide array of machines the drives can go in, from PCs to Macs.) As far as getting the drive formatted, the best option for that in most situations is to create a bootable USB drive. This will allow you to "boot" the machine from the USB drive, then navigate to the "Utilities" menu where you...