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So basically I hear three things in your Question. You want the speed and performance of the Air's SSD drive. You want to want to leverage the processing performance of the iMac. You want to access those files away from the office on your Air. You should be able to setup a connection using a Thunderbolt Bridge under your Network settings. What follows ...


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Despite what Weird Al would have you believe, it is no longer "All about the Pentiums" (jury is out regarding whether the 'Benjamins' are still a relevant unit of currency). The answer depends very heavily on the exact specs of each system, but I would expect you to notice better performance out of the laptops for a few reasons: The Core i series all ...


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I am currently using Yosemite successfully with a very similar computer: 2008 iMac 2.66 C2D. I would strongly encourage you to upgrade to 8GB of RAM and swap your drive out for an SSD. After upgrading the RAM to 6GB and making a roll-your-own Fusion drive (I installed an SSD in the Optical drive bay), Yosemite runs very well. Unless you need to use Snow ...


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In theory you should not loose too much speed. Most modern SSDs utilize SATA 6 Gbit/s SSD controllers which support 500 MB/s read/write speeds. Thunderbolt 2 works at a theoretical 20 Gbit/s. So Thunderbolt2 should not be the bottleneck. However.. Macworld did a performance analysis in 2011. It was a test on Thunderbolt 1, but it should still might give you ...


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I discovered a simple hack. If you use Google Hangouts, while in hangouts you can turn the camera off (standard feature). This switches off the camera globally. Even after you've closed the Hangouts browser, next time you go into FaceTime, the camera remains switched off with a message "No camera available. To use FaceTime turn on the camera."



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