If you have a Mac Pro (which have yet to be updated with Thunderbolt) and a USB 3.0 hard drive, you can take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds by installing HighPoint’s new RocketU Quad USB 3.0 PCI-E card. The RocketU features four USB 3.0 ports, with each port rated at 5Gbps (USB 2.0 is rated at 480Mbps). The RocketU can be used with USB 2.0 drives, but there isn’t any added speed benefit.
You can connect four different hard drives to each port of the RocketU, and each drive will appear on your desktop. But the RocketU also has a RAID controller, and you can configure up to four devices as a RAID 0, 1, 5, or 10 array. HighPoint includes web-based RAID management software.
iFixit’s teardowns are always a fun read—not just for the sometimes-gory shots of computer innards, but also for the little tidbits discovered along the way. Case in point: The company’s Mac Mini teardown revealed space and a cable port for an additional hard drive. Now, if you have a brand new Mac Mini and are wondering “Why, I’d love to add an additional hard drive to my Mac Mini without paying $750 for a solid-state drive addition or $999 for a Mini with Lion Server,” never fear: iFixit has the $70 kit for you.
While the company’s Mac Mini Dual Hard Drive Kit doesn’t come with an additional hard drive, it provides you with everything else you’ll need to stick that Mac Mini on your operating table and get to work, including a proprietary SATA hard drive cable, four shock-absorbing mounting grommets, four mounting screws, a Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool, a 26-Piece Bit Driver Kit, and the ever-handy spudger (a long black plastic stick).
Michael Dell and HP go head-to-head on the PC industry, Lenovo throws down the gauntlet in the tablet space, and it’s The People vs. Apple on censorship. The remainders for Monday, August 22, 2011 talk the talk and walk the walk.
After news broke last week of HP selling off its PC division, Dell CEO Michael Dell traded barbs with HP via Twitter. This is like watching two dinosaurs argue about what to have for dinner while a giant meteorite is hurtling towards the Earth. If, you know, the dinosaurs had had a social-networking site.
Twitter on Monday launched User Galleries, a new feature that aggregates the images a person has uploaded into a single place.
User Galleries include pictures uploaded directly to Twitter, along with photos submitted to various Twitter-compatible services like yFrog, TwitPic, Instagram, and others. The new feature is still rolling out, but once it’s live for your account you’ll see a Recent Images module on each user’s profile page. From there, you can click into the full gallery for that user.
A strange chapter in the history of Techspansion’s long-ago-retired video conversion tool VisualHub is now drawing to a close with the release of a free update straight from the developer.
Earlier in August, payment processor Kagi began selling a $5 VisualHub update that added Lion compatibility and upgraded the ffmpeg converter at the core of VisualHub’s functionality. That $5 updater used scripts from Techspansion’s sole proprietor Tyler Loch, which he’d made freely available at his website—and which he hadn’t given Kagi permission to resell. Kagi emailed Techspansion customers to promote the updater, though the company had never spoken to Loch about selling the patch.
Even weeks devoid of major announcements and releases from Cupertino can offer exciting (and even stunning) headlines. Couple those with the reviews, hints, and tutorials you’ve come to expect from Macworld, and the past week of stories was not one to be missed. But just in case you did miss something, here’s a roundup of our best stories from the week gone by.
In Lion’s den
If you love nothing more than stories about Apple’s latest operating system, well then hoo boy, are you in luck. Editor Dan Miller wrote a guide to embracing Lion’s new gestures. Senior Editor Dan Frakes, on the other hand, wrote about Scroll Reverser, which lets you muck with various aspects of Lion’s new take on two-finger scrolling; thus, whether you love the new gestures, or want to show them a specific gesture of your own, we’ve got you covered.