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2016 MacBook Pro and sharing DVD drive


As a happy owner of a new MacBook Pro I am aware of the limitations of only having USB-C connectors. It is clear that this is the future since Apple are not the only company to make this transition. However a number of the scientific application I use regularly were supplied on DVD and I suspect others may be in a similar situation so I thought I'd mention this tip. Instead of investing in an adaptor if you have an older Mac you can use DVD or CD sharing. Open up system preferences and select "Sharing", click the checkbox for "DVD or CD Sharing".


If you now open a "Finder" window on the MacBook Pro you should find "Remote Disc in the side bar. You may need to change your preferences to display CCs, DVDs etc. (Finder:Preferences)


You can then use it as normal.


Rack mounted MacPros


've posted a couple of entires where I've been looking at the computing power of the new MacPros however this site caught my eye because it shows how the MacPro can be rack mounted.

imgix is an image processing and delivery service that provides a supremely flexible, high performance, ultra–reliable solution to the problem of serving images on the modern internet. We operate our own hardware, run our own datacenters, and manage our own network infrastructure. At imgix‘s scale, maximizing efficiency and performance in image processing is critical for success. For this reason, we decided to incorporate Mac Pros in planning the build of our next generation image renderers. Because no existing Mac Pro server rack suited our needs, we designed and built our own.



The rack mounted Mac minis also look pretty impressive.


Photo Credit to: Miguel A. Cardona Jr. / imgix


Just Arrived


I know what I’ll be playing with this weekend!



The Mac Pro review late 2013

This is the review that everyone has been waiting for, the AnandTech review of the latest MacPro. A comprehensive analysis of all aspects of the latest Mac Pro, from GPU and CPU options to real life performance comparisons.

There is also an interesting thoughts into the directions for desktop computing


MacPro in the Applestore


When I logged in the morning the first message I noticed announced the eagerly awaited MacPro was now available for order at the AppleStore with delivery on December 30th, within an hour or so that delivery time had changed to January, when I check now the delivery has moved to February. Well at least it is free delivery.


It will be interesting to see how long it takes Apple to sort out supply and demand.