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Optimal Mac setup for web designer/developer? [closed]

I’m ready to upgrade my hardware but in a dilemma over what to buy, since I’m not completely sure what I need. I have a feeling that I’m going to throw money at a setup which will end up being serious ...
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Smartcard Login

I'd like to use an USB Smartcard as an alternative to username and password login on Yosemite. I am the only user to login on that device, so I don't want a reader, but a Smartcard that connects via ...
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Simple Low-Cost Network Backup System - Drobo? Alternatives?

I'm hoping to graduate from manually copying important files to multiple external desk or portable drives; affordably. We have 3 Macs and an iPad or two. I have just now learned about Drobo, who as I ...
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16G memory or an SSD to upgrade a Macbook? [duplicate]

I'm deciding on whether to spend the money to upgrade my RAM or add an SSD to my Macbook Pro. Here's the stats... Early 2011 MacBookPro8,1 i7 2.7Ghz 8G RAM STBD1000400 Seagate Hybrid 1TB drive I ...
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Which minimum hardware for Smartalbums

I need to use SmartAlbums for my job, but I don't yet have a Mac. I am willing to buy a 2°hand Apple computer to run SmartAlbums but I don't want to overbudget it. There is anyone that uses this ...
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iMac 17" 2nd monitor question

I have a 17" iMac that I want to hook-up a 2nd monitor to. I bought an adaptor on eBay, but the plug does not match the back of my computer. It's not a Thunderbolt or FireWire. Not sure what kind of ...
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Are there any Hardware RAID Cards with Batteries that will work in a MacPro3,1?

I'm looking to install Proxmox on my MacPro3,1 and it's suggested that if you plan to use the system for 5 years that you install a Hardware RAID card with a battery in it, so that if the power goes ...
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i phone 5 screen replacement

Is there a difference between these two replacement parts ? 60 Dollars 55 Dollars 30 Dollars or is there another one you would recommend ? I am starting to repair IPhones and would like some ...
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Looking for IPv6 modem for bridge mode

I have a Time Capsule and a modem in bridge mode. I would like to switch to IPv6 so that I can stop using NAT. My modem does not have IPv6 support so I need a new one but I can't find one that on the ...
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Which RAM to buy for mid 2010 15 Inch Macbook Pro

I am looking to upgrade my 15 inch macbook pro from 4GB to 8GB of RAM. I have never upgraded anything on a macbook before and I am wondering how important is the specific RAM that i purchase? I read ...
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Do SuperDrives work with IBM computers?

Do Apple USB SuperDrives work with IBM compatible computers? If not, are there any advantages for buying a SuperDrive compared to a generic USB DVD drive?
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Dock Connector Adaptor for VW Golf GTI MK7

My Golf infotainment system has a 30 pin male Dock Connector, which is a suitable connection for my iPhone 4s. However, I would like to connect my Sony MP3-player which has a 3.5 mm jack plug ...
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Use my old MacBook Pro as a Rack Console

I'm just getting into using number of cheap server racks. I look into rack consoles and they look pricey for this particular work I'm doing. Do you know if I can turn my old MacBook Pro (early 2011) ...
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My macbook pro is getting some current while connecting to external monitor

My macbook is getting some current or can be said as vibrating when i connect it to Thunderbolt to VGA adapter to external monitor. and then when i connect macbook to magsafe connector for charging , ...
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Do I really need to replace my MacBook Pro?

I have an early 2011 (8.2) MBP (i7@2.0Ghz) which I've upgraded to 16Gig memory and 512 Gig SSD. I am a heavy CPU and IO user: vagrant, Vmware Fusion, external display, Office, various IDE's (Xcode, ...
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Which parts of MBA-13" mid-2011 can be upgraded?

Which parts (if any) in Macbook Air 13" mid-2011 can be upgraded to either: an original part from a later version of Macbook Air/Pro or a third-party component which has a better performance/extra ...
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2013 MacBook Pro Retina 13“ vs MacBook Air 13” [duplicate]

I am considering buying a 13" MacBook. Please note that this would be my first Apple device. The two the options that I am considering are: MacBook Air, 2013, 13", 128GB SSD, 1.4GHz dual-core Intel ...
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Is there a good docking solution for Macbook so far?

I have been looking for a good Macbook docking solution for months The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock doesn't seem like a good option based on the reviews on Amazon.com. I also noticed that there ...
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Are there third-party mechanical keyboards that strictly have the Apple layout?

Are there third-party keyboards that have the Apple layout? I found this question but it is not my one. I mean, "STRICTLY", Mac layout. The sizes of keys, the paddings between keys, no Num Lock, ...
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Can anyone recommend a hw/sw combination to allow me to preview a Component input with audio on a Mac?

Trying to find a way to take component video and audio output from a device, and preview it on-screen in a window. We don't need recording or encoding capabilities, but we would like as low latency ...
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Is it safe to use styluses with iPads?

I know my question sounds stupid but I can't imagine scratching my iPad mini screen! I have iPad mini (Retina Display) and I'm considering getting Applydea Maglus stylus. But is it safe to use ...
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SDXC Card or USB 3 pen drive - which one should I buy, and which one is better

I have MacBook Air (13", Mid 2013) and my father has MacBook Pro (13", Mid 2012). Both MacBooks have SDXC card slot, and both support/ has USB 3 ports. We are thinking of moving iPhoto library to ...
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Apple Macbook pro differences

What is the difference between an Apple Macbook pro ME 293LL/A and an Apple Macbook pro ME 293D/A?
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Which Mac for Web development + iOS development [closed]

I'm a Windows user, but I'm looking to get a portable Mac for web development and iOS development. I will be running sublime 3, Xcode and probably Nginx or XAMPP as my server. Would the 11-inch ...
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Renewing iOS Developer Program with Lebanese credit card

Since I emailed apple three times now and shockingly got no response at all, I am laying out my problem here. I am trying to renew my developer program using a lebanese credit card that has a ...
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Sourcing a replacement graphics card for an iMac

I have a Early-2009 2.93 GHz 24" iMac, which has a faulty graphics card. I'm keen to try replacing it myself using this excellent guide. Unfortunately the guide doesn't mention any advice on ...
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How do I make sure I purchase the correct replacement gfx card for my iMac?

I have a 24" Early 2009 iMac, and it has a faulty graphics card (detailed here). I'm obviously no longer under warranty or applecare, and I'd like to try to replace the part myself. I'm unsure about ...
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Can I use a Mac Pro for my office and run Parallels for my Windows-based ERP software?

I have a small business that runs a Windows-based network. I'm wondering if I can set up a Mac Pro, with virtual servers, and use Parallels for my ERP software? Basically, can I have a Mac-based ...
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What hardware does Xcode storyboard performance depend on the most?

I'm considering upgrading my MacBook Air to a Pro in the interest of getting better performance out of Xcode development experience. Right now using Xcode 5 seems ok for writing code. However ...
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New iMac (mid 2013) storage options

I recently purchased a maxed out iMac: NVIDIAGeForceGTX780M 4GB GDDR5 3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM-2X4GB (upgrading to 32GB myself) 256GB Flash Storage ...and I'm ...
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When would the US apple store provide Unlocked iPhone 5S?

The iPhone 5S won't be released where I live until maybe a month or two. I would like to get my hands on one from the US (better prices than UK) but I want it to be unlocked. Apparently only the ...
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Replace power supply on late 2005 G5

I recently bought an old G5 to use as a server. Whilst there the guy had another G5 that I bought for spares. The 'spares' G5 is a newer model with better GPU / CPU etc so I intend on swapping them ...
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Which presentation remote controls are OS X compatible with Powerpoint?

I'm looking for a remote control to use for controlling a Powerpoint presentation, and want it to be compatible and reliable w/ OS X. Any recommendations on one that functions well with Powerpoint?
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Anything to watch for when buying a 2009 MBP?

I have the option to buy a 2009 13" MBP for $500 - mid 2009 with the 2.53 GHz C2D. At this point, I'm leaning towards it (I'd be using it for iOS development). I know it's been well taken care of. ...
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It is 2013. Is it feasible to purchase an iPhone 3GS for telephony and skype?

I'm thinking about getting an iPhone for a friend whose vision is decaying because of the possibility of making it display large text. However, the budget is very tight, buying a new iPhone is out of ...
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How to check if MacBook battery is genuine?

My white MacBook's battery has completely died, so I'm looking for a replacement. It costs $150 from Apple, or about $70 for allegedly genuine Apple batteries on eBay: I'm leaning toward this ...
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Is Apple Cinema Display 27" Thunderbolt good choice for software developer? [closed]

I am a software developer currently working on a Macbook Pro Retina 15". The Retina display on my Macbook Pro works well for me. I am considering a 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display. Is the Apple ...
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Are there Output-Only Bluetooth Adapters?

I have a 1/8th" line-in jack in my car, so it is easy to plug in arbitrary devices, but would rather have the ability to just press play when I get in my car and not bother with cables. In order to ...
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Buying a Macbook pro retina 15", RAM or storage? [closed]

I'm a web developer but I use a lot Photoshop and video editing software too and I'm about to buy a Macbook Pro retina 15" 2.4GHz. I'm not sure if I should upgrade to 16GB of RAM or to 512GB of ...
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iPhone 5 Lightning to USB Cable - Is it safe to use replicas? [duplicate]

I need to buy a Lightning to USB cable for my iPhone 5. In eBay you can find replicas for one third of the price. Do you know if these can ruin your phone? If I use an original power adapter, a ...
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Are non-Apple lightning cables and power transformers safe to use?

I need to buy an Apple 12W USB Power Adapter for my iPhone 5. In eBay you can find replicas for one third of the price. Do you know if these can ruin your phone? I am more cautious about a third ...
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Will this hard drive work with my 2009 15 macbook pro unibody?

Western Digital WD Scorpio Black 750 GB SATA 3 GB/s 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Internal Bulk/OEM 2.5-Inch Mobile Hard Drive i need to know if this hard drive will work with my computer? I have 8 GB of ...
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Can I put a 7200 RPM hard drive in my MacBook Pro?

I have a 2009 15" unibody MacBook Pro. It came with a 250GB, 5400 RPM hard drive. Will a 7200 RPM drive make it overheat? I have read somewhere that putting a 7200 RPM hard drive in the MacBook Pro ...
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Which SSD Thunderbolt Product For Main Boot Drive for my iMac?

So I have a 2012 iMac. I got the base model 21.5" which means I have a painfully slow 5400 RPM hard drive. The pure SSD option would have cost $1,300 ($1 more than the $1,299 base price) if I could ...
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Macbook Pro vs Macbook Air for IPad development [closed]

I have IPad and I want to buy Macbook for development simple programs for IPad. It will be my first Macbook and I don't want to spend too much many and look at Macbook Air 13' 128Gb. I'm just ...
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Game Cube Controller to USB

I just digged out my old Game Cube with a few controllers. Also, I found an adaptor on eBay which claimed to do this but is NOT Mac compatible. Do you know how to connect them to my Mac?
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Can I replace optical drive with 2nd hard disk on MacBook?

I have a unibody MacBook, late 2008 I think. The optical drive failed and I wondered about adding a second hard disk. Is this simple to do?
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How to upgrade HDD to SSD and replace the optical drive with HDD?

I am trying to understand the process of switching out my HDD for an SSD and then replacing my optical drive with the same HDD just removed in a late 2011 Macbook Pro 15.4". Is there any benefit to ...
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MacPro 3,1 (2008) logic board SAS connector: Has anyone “replaced” the stock hard drive backplane?

I have a lightly hot-rodded, early 2008 MacPro 3,1. Boots from an SSD mounted in the lower optical bay and attached to the second optical SATA port. Each of the four internal drive bays hosts a 3TB ...
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Can a RAM module not be compatible with Macs?

There are DDR3 RAM modules sold on Amazon (branded by KomputerBay) where it is specified that they are "PC only" and not for Mac. They cost around £41.99 ($68). The same company has modules with the ...