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RE: A User's Joyful Reaction to Apple's Late 2013 21.5-inch iMac

John, don’t spend that much on Apple’s SuperDrive. It is truly overpriced. If you need something really sleek, try this Samsung USB 2.0 DVD-RW for $34 (I know, the dreaded Samsung - just keep it in a drawer when you’re not using it).

If you can’t stand the thought of a Samsung product, there’s an AmazonBasics model for $30, although it has an average rating one star lower than the Samsung.

RE: LandingZone Dock for Retina MacBook Pro - USB, Ethernet, Lock, HDMI, Thunderbolt

Isn’t it a tad bulky to be left on a rMBP all the time?
It's not, it acts more like a docking station. So you leave the device on your desk, with your desktop monitor, keyboard and mouse, and storage devices all plugged in, and then when you get home you "dock" your MacBook to the device. So this is something that's meant to stay on your desk.

RE: LandingZone Dock for Retina MacBook Pro - USB, Ethernet, Lock, HDMI, Thunderbolt

This looks really awesome, but I’m very confused by the product description. On the company’s website, it shows the output port on the dock as “Mini DisplayPort,” which we’ve seen in similar docks. It’s compatible with the Thunderbolt port on new Macs (as Thunderbolt passes DisplayPort video and audio), but DisplayPort won’t pass Thunderbolt data for storage peripherals. You’d need a Thunderbolt controller on the dock to do that, and most products like this don’t include one to save on costs.

So it’s odd that the website’s diagram clearly shows Thunderbolt hard drives attached to the port, but…

RE: How to Combine Multiple PDFs Using Preview

Sigh... I'll get these links to work one of these days. Try this: Link to video

RE: How to Combine Multiple PDFs Using Preview

Hi Ros, I think I know what the problem is. You may be adding your second page too low below the first document. Here's a new video I recorded, this time with narration to walk you through the process: https://vimeo.com/82072722

RE: How to Combine Multiple PDFs Using Preview

It definitely does not work in 10.6.8 and Preview 5.0.3.
Hi Ros (and everyone else having difficulty), Yes, it does work in Snow Leopard and with Preview 5.0.3. Here's a video I just made demonstrating the process: https://vimeo.com/81206839

RE: How and Why to Defragment Your Mac's Hard Drive

I recently replaced my laptop drive with a “Hybrid” drive from SeaGate. I know this has some flash memory on board, is it safe to defragment that?

According to Seagate, you shouldn’t defrag hybrid drives. The primary benefit of a defrag is that it makes reading frequently accessed data faster because the drive head doesn’t need to jump all over the platter to read the bits. With hybrid drives, at least in theory, these frequently accessed files will be automatically moved to the solid state portion of the drive, limiting the benefit of a defrag.

RE: How to Batch Delete iPad Photos Using Image Capture

Do you know if this will work for photos imported to the iPad from SD cards with the Apple adapter?
I don't have an iPad adapter to test with so I can't say for sure. If the import process puts the pictures from the SD Card into your iPad's camera roll, it should work fine. If it imports them into an "album," then it might not work. Another way to test it: if you open the imported picture album on your iPad, do you have the option to delete them when you press the "Edit" button? If yes, they should…

RE: Step by Step: Mac Pro Processor Upgrade

I’m in the middle of updating the same machine. You wrote that you’ve used a W55 Xeon instead of a X56? As far as I understand the W xeons are fr single use only is tat correct?
Sorry, after reading your question again, it looks like you're mixing up two generations of Xeon processors. For my upgrade, I used 2008 Gainestown-based CPUs, where the W series is the highest TDP and performs better over the X series. (W5590) It seems you're referring to the X series from the 2010 Gulftown and Westmere-EP parts. In this lineup, the W series is…