It’s very rare that I have a hard drive fail on me. I think the last one I had was way back in the Mac OS 9 days. I have a Thermaltake BlacX USB external hard drive adapter that I use when I want to look at some of the backup drives that I have. It’s convenient since I don’t have to reboot my Mac to swap out a hard drive just to look at some project files. There’s one hard drive I use as a backup for my Final Cut Pro projects, as well as other media projects that I worked on, and I back up my iPhoto library to it. I’ve never had an issue with the hard drive before, but that day, it overheated after backing up my iPhoto library with the telltale “k-chunk, k-chunk” sound that signals the death of a hard drive.
Apple’s newest update for Mac OS X is here: Lion. As with all Mac OS X updates, Apple promises hundreds of new features. Some will be well known, others will be more obscure. This article will go through some of the more useful features, as well as some of the different ways Lion will interact with you.
Despite how everyone’s moving to Google’s free Gmail system, I still love MobileMe. For one thing, I think the interface is much more intuitive and less cluttered than Gmail, and it uses real folders. That, and all the other things you can get with MobileMe made it well worth the $100/yr. for me. However, there were some things about MobilMe’s mail system that annoyed me to the point where I couldn’t use it for anything more than just a simple email system since all the work I needed to do had to be done on my home Mac.
I’m constantly sharing Mac and Windows machines on the same network, but for some reason, Apple decided to make the default Mac share name the ID of your MAC address. MAC is not the same as Macintosh, but stands for “Media Access Control” ID which uniquely IDs all network cards. This helps, but the name doesn’t really help describe which Mac you’re pointing to if you have more than one.