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Remapping a Windows keyboard so that the key positions match a standard Mac keyboard is pretty easy. Just open Keyboard Preferences, and click the Modifier Keys… button in the Keyboard tab. This lets you change the behaviour of the keys on each attached keyboard (make sure you select your external one from the top drop-down menu). To turn the Windows ...


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I'd recommend buying this book: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Times-Thunderbolt-Kid-Memoir/dp/0767919378/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1330596630&sr=8-7 It's exactly 1" thick, put it under the monitor.


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The primary cons for the MacBook Pro are: heavier and more bulky compared to the Air noticeably slower HDD versus SSD at the same price point only has a 1280x800 screen resolution Note: but is confirmed to be a better quality display than the one in the Air, with a more accurate color gamut. Things that sold me on the MacBook Pro over the 13" MacBook Air: ...


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If you want something more elegant than a book under the iMac, you can can add vesa mounts to your iMac and Thunderbolt display and then attach it to a desk or wall mounted adjustable monitor arm. There are many to choose from but here is one pictured below to give you an example. So you could technically mount both or just one to a VESA stand. Note that ...


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No. What they meant was that it runs on Macs with "built-in flash storage"1. That is to say, the MacBook Airs from 2010 to 2012 and the Retina MacBook Pro, i.e., the Macs with the (semi-) proprietary Flash hard drives and RAM soldered onto the logic board and Thunderbolt ports. This means that it isn't supported by the 2012 non-retina MacBook Pros. 1 ...


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I've owned both and personally found the pro to be FAR FAR FAR superior to the air. As stated in the other answers the air has the advantage of being a lot lighter and solid state drive is also reliable and faster. However, the air is essentially a netbook competitor. I found mine to be not up to the task for most of the things I wanted to do. As a ...


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Basically you need a gaming surface, some of them was made specially for use with Apple mouses: Cupertino Mouse Pad — $15 They say it's made by company located at Cupertino, California. Also it works (as a surface). MacPadd — $25 It's basically just a piece of finished aluminum and I guess it will feel the same as a top surface MacBook. Tom'sHardware says ...


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Looks a product was created for this task. Checkout the HiRise by Twelve South as reviewed by MacWorld. Boom iMac and Display = Level. Mac accessory maker Twelve South has introduced the HiRise for iMac, a stand that lets users elevate their desktop Mac monitors to a better viewing level. The $80 device is designed to support all generations of Mac ...


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No, no, no and no. Have fun with the 7200 rpm drive of your choice. Mac drive mounting hardware is excellent and the drive screws are standard sized. Unless you get a drive with exotic firmware or physically too large to fit, there will be no issues relating to design. Only a faulty drive (or failing Mac) will cause issues. Simple physics means a 7200 RPM ...


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I used to work as an Apple Hardware Technician, and the biggest non-damage related issue I've seen with those machines is usually the battery (which is not technically user-replaceable). I'd make sure that it runs for at least 3-4 hours on a full charge. Also make sure that the optical drive works, because I've seen a number of those go out, as well, but ...


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To get a three screen setup (two external screens, and laptop screen) connected without daisy chaining Thunderbolt displays, you need: One external monitor hooked up to the Mini DisplayPort One external monitor hooked up from USB to DVI I am assuming you already have the first item taken care of as it is the easiest. So, let's focus on the second one: ...


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It looks like you are going to need to use an older Mac to read the disks, due to the complexities involved with the variable speed drives used to format those disk, unless you want to re-program your floppy drive. I am not sure if you can do it with the Iomega drive especially since its USB, you would probably have to take it apart to do the next option. ...


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SD cards are categorized in different classes according to their speed. Generally, SD cards perform even slower than a normal HDD drive which is why I do not recommend using them as a major storage option. You should invest in the most expensive type of SD to have an acceptable I/O performance. E.g. an Ultra High Speed SD card (UHS) such as this one. For $...


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I personally use two that do and have been please with both of them. I'll briefly describe each below: WASD CODE Mechanical Keyboard WASD makes many keyboards and can customize them to your specifications (layout, key color, mechanical switch type, mac/linux/windows, etc.). The CODE keyboard is especially nice and has a clean layout, white backlighting and ...


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According to Visual Studio's system requirements, it requires 1.5GB when in VM. Usually you will assign a max of 4GB on the windows VM which should be sufficient for a satisfactory operation of Windows inside the VM with the Visual Studio. In this case there will be 4GB left for the hosting OS. Which usually is again adequate. Also, Yosemite does a ...


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I purchased a 2008 Mac Pro (3,1) with single quad core processor (Intel Xeon E5462 @ 2.80 GHz 1 processor, 4 cores), and 4GB of RAM running at 667 MHz. It produced the following GeekBench 3 results: Single Core: 1559, Multi Core: 3927 I performed the following upgrades in stages and re-ran GeekBench 3 to get a base-line of what each upgrade offered in ...


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Ars Technica's Eric Bangerman has solved this problem…twice: via Ars gear: 2008 triple-headed "Harpertown" Mac Pro


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You can connect any Bluetooth mouse to your MB's integrated bluetooth module. Personally I'd recommend Microsoft mice as they are of good quality. My father recently had some problems with a el cheapo china model, but if you pick a brand, you should not have a problem. Make sure it has this logo on it, and not some "Yeah we do our own kewl 2.5 GHz radio" (...


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Macally makes two USB-based game controllers that are OS X compatible. Both are around USD$30 at the time of writing on Amazon. Macally ISHOCKX Macally ISHOCKII Sony DualShock 3 You can also pair a Sony Playstation DualShock 3 bluetooth wireless controller with OS X without the need for any additional drivers. Everything you need is built right in to ...


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DarwiinRemote.app allows you to wirelessly connect a Wii Remote via Bluetooth and map each button to a key on the keyboard. Wii Remotes can be bought separately and are relatively cheap. For a SNES emulator you’ll need to map the X and Y buttons. If you have a Wii Classic Controller, you can use it with DarwiinRemote.app as well. You may, however, need to ...


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The MacBook Air runs at a higher resolution (1440 x 900) vs the Pro (1280 x 800). For development the higher resolution could be nice if you are only using the laptop screen, if you are running connected to an external screen, this doesn't really matter. Having looked and worked on both (pre 2012 models), the Pro screen seems to be a better quality with ...


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Nope. I don't know where that came from, but it's certainly not a current product, and it's unlikely to be a future one. Thunderbolt requires expensive chips relative to other connector technologies, which take up a fair bit of PCB space, which is at a premium in iOS devices and iPods (just look at the iPhone 5 teardown). In fact, reducing the size ...


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Honestly the only "real" choice I've come across that works the "best" is the *Matias mac specific keyboards I have experience using both the Matias Laptop Pro and the Das Keyboard 4 on mac and I think that there is a subtle reason why Matias is best. I'm sure this also extends ot their other keyboards. X & Command As you can see here is the ...


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A few months ago my organization made the decision to make docking stations a standard item to be ordered with all Macs. We've evaluated the Belkin Thunderbolt dock, the Matrox DS1, the Kwikdock, the LandingZone docks and had previously used Henge docks. The Henge docks proved to be a constant pain for both users and our support team. The connections in ...


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I would go with the SSD. First you can check to see how much benefit you would get from upgrading the RAM. You can look at the Activity Monitor.app memory section. The last several versions of Mac OS X have a graph describing "Memory Pressure", which is a way of describing how hard you are pushing the RAM. The OS will naturally try to make use of ALL of the ...


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Blue Microphones' Yeti and Yeti Pro stereo USB microphones can be used in any recording app on the iPad via the Camera Connection Kit. The manufacturer confirms that this is possible, and has detailed directions for setting it up (including a video) on this page. Note that you will need a powered USB hub.


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I'm going to suggest that for development - as opposed to for gaming - you may want to consider setting up a Windows virtual machine using VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop. Both of these will apparently let you run them from a Bootcamp Windows partition so that you can boot into Windows for gaming but use a VM for other tasks, all using the same Windows ...


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There's the LapWorks 10" Heavy Duty Swivel: Used under the Thunderbolt monitor, levels the two perfectly and makes the the Thunderbolt monitor nice and swively.


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