To MacPro or not to MacPro, that is the question

97 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

ProApple has finally released the long awaited MacPro. Based on the specifications, this machine is, for lack of a better word, monstrous. The introductory model starts with a 3.7GHz quad-core processor, 12GB of Ram, 256GB of flash storage, and dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM each.This is a great system, that starts out at $2999.00. It is roughly the size of a roll of paper towels. For the normal and even most power users, I would recommend that you pass on it. I know you are shocked. Where I have always been the Apple Fanboy, telling anyone that will listen to run out and but the new shiny Apple device. This is not that case. This machine has some of the best specifications I have found for any single device. That being said, for the normal user, the MacPro is a gross overkill. For a normal user that is using their Mac to edit pictures or iMovie, to Aperture or Final Cut Pro X. Pretty much any of the newer devices can   perform all of the functions that you are looking for, with the exception on maybe the MacBook Air. (Don’t take this as a slight on the MacBook Air, The Air is a great devices with 12 hours of battery life, but the processor is not as robust as that of the MackBook Pro or the iMac.) The new MacPro, is targeted just for this, Computer professionals. By that I mean users that are editing photos or video for a living. While these are devices are great, the “normal” user takes pictures, cleans them up and uploaded them to FaceBook or video to YouTube.

While this can be used I would suggest a $1,200 iMac, or an $1,200 MacBook Pro. If you need a device that can travel with you, The MacBook Pro is built to please. Not to say were one to be given to me that I would refuse it. Now that the entire Apple line has been released, which one are you looking for? As for me I run two. For my normal email, web surfing and so on, I use my MacBook Air with 8 GB of Ram, for more heavy lifting, such as  editing and compressing video, I use my iMac that has 12 GB Ram, and is my hub. (Many may remember Steve Jobs saying that the theory was the Mac would be the hub of your digital life and all of your peripherals were  going to be connected to the hub. It took me a few years to understand and grasp the concept, but now that has become a HUGE part of my workflow.)

So what do you Pro toll users think? To Mac Pro or to not Mac Pro?

Back to the future

104 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

With 2013 behind us, we turn our focus to the future of Apple products. Any Apple enthusiast knows that 2014 will hold new Macs, iPods, iPhones, and iPads. That is expected every year. No one needs to be told that these products are going to be released, but what I want to talk about is [...]

A look at the past

110 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

At the end of the year, I tend to be more nostalgic. I’m not sure why I got the idea to think about the past, but here we are.My generation is probably the last one to remember life without technology. When growing up most in my neighborhood had only one television, and the idea of [...]

Remember the Information Superhighway

118 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Back in the 90’s the big buzzword was Information Superhighway popularized by then Vice-President Al Gore. While the vision at the time was grand, in reality it really wasn’t super. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good start, for example being able to send a message across the country in minutes rather than days. [...]

To the cloud?

125 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Since the beginning of the computer age people have been striving for a more cost effective, safe way to save their respective bits to some medium for use later. At the start of my computing career, we used reel to reel tapes, which would eventually become cassette tapes when home computers came out. Then came [...]

Should I go SSD?

132 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | 2 Comments

This is a question that I get quite a bit, so I figured I’d post my thoughts on the matter here. For those that don’t know, an SSD stands for Solid State Drive. SSD drives are finally coming down in price and making them a great substitute for the older “spinning” drive. One of the [...]

An Apple for the holidays

139 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | 3 Comments

With the holidays almost upon us, I get a lot of people asking for computer advice. Such as what computer should I get for my house or what computer should I get for my son or daughter who starting collage soon. Everyone expects me to say Apple right away. You would be wrong. Each OS [...]

Mavericks Review

145 days ago in Articles, Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

On October 22nd, much to everyones surprise, Apple gave everyone an early Christmas present. It released the newest version of OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) for free, as well as some other titles that we will focus on at a later time. Todays focus will be on Mavericks. Other than being a shot across the bow of [...]

Apple Users

153 days ago in Apple, Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

I guess the name of this article should be what kind of Apple user are you. I have been giving this a lot of thought lately. (Well since the release of Mavericks) and thought I would ask you the question. To my thinking there are 4 kinds of Apple users. Let’s go through them now [...]

Mobile Security

160 days ago in Articles, iPad, iPhone by Wardy Miller | No Comments

When people usually here the words mobile security or computer security, their eyes glaze over and they tune out what is being said. I am going to try to change that. Today we are going to focus on mobile security, if there is any interest after this article I’ll right one about computer security. Mobile [...]

iPad Air

167 days ago in Reviews by Wardy Miller | 2 Comments

This week Apple released the iPad Air. Of coarse all of the Apple haters poo-pooed the new Air, and I’m not sure why. Everything about the device SCREAMS new and improved. For example the iPad air runs on the A7 chip with 64-bit architecture making everything faster and gives the user a more enjoyable experience, [...]

Avantree Hive Headphones

173 days ago in Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Today I want to talk about headphones. I have had some really nice headphones, this includes the latest from Apple the EarPods. While all of the in-ear headphones have pretty good sound quality, there are times I don’t like having something inside my ear. Wen I am at work, I’m permitted to listen to music [...]

Keynote Aftermath

177 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Now that the keynote is done, and everyone is putting together their own take on what was presented, here at I bought a Mac, we figured we would throw our two cents in. Mavericks – Apple’s new Operating System was released, with the most immersive features under the hood in my opinion. Memory management is [...]

Apple Keynote

184 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

On October 22nd, Apple is having an event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. We can guess the topic will be the release of the new iPad models, OS X Mavericks, and maybe the new Mac Pro that was shown at WWDC. But my question is “What else?”. It’s almost funny that we [...]

More BlueTooth fun

189 days ago in Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Today I am going to be reviewing the Veho 360 BluTooth Wireless speaker. I usually test all of the Bluetooth devices with my iPhone, but in addition to my iPhone I also paired it with my MacBook Air. The speakers in the air aren’t bad, but I wanted to see what kind of performance I [...]

Bumper cases

195 days ago in Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

If you have been following the history of the iPhone, I’m sure you remember the famous Antenna Gate with the release of the original iPhone 4. The problem was if you held the phone in a “Death-grip” it would cause you to loose signal. The solution at the time was to add a “bumper”. The [...]

Launch Lines

201 days ago in Apple, Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Most of the readers that come to this site, do so because they have at least one Apple product. (or are doing research to buy one.) I got to thinking about this last week, so I figured I’d write something up and see what other Apple people thought. Last week was the launch of the [...]

BoomBar

203 days ago in Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Today we are looking at the BoomBar, ($32.49 USD) the portable, rechargeable Bluetooth speaker. There are times when I want to share music on my iPhone at a party or just not want to plug a headset in. That is where the BoomBar comes in. The BoomBar can connect to my iPhone via bluetooth and [...]

New Apple Stuff (Finally)

206 days ago in Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Ok, by now everyone has heard about the iOS 7 update as well as iPhone 5S and 5C. So let’s start with iOS 7. iOS 7 is the newest version of Apples mobile operating system. Apple is touting it as a total revamp of the OS, everything from fonts to icons has been changed. Much [...]

Feeling Blue?

230 days ago in Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Blue in the tooth that is… As in Bluetooth. This week I am looking at the Gum Rock Bluetooth portable suction speaker stand. (found here) As the name says this is a Bluetooth device that is a little unique. Most bluetooth devices for phones are usually an earbud type device for hands free operation. This [...]

Wireless Charging

241 days ago in Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

I know it’s been a while since I have posted anything on the site, but I am going to rectify that today. Today I want to talk about wireless charging. Many phones do have the ability to charge wirelessly built in, however the iPhone does not. In order to leverage wireless charging, you must also [...]

Is the Desktop dead?

269 days ago in Apple, Articles, iPad, iPhone by Wardy Miller | 3 Comments

This question has been floating around for a while, and I wanted to weigh in and get your opinion. At all things D, Apple CEO Tim Cook, said that the days of the PC were fading, and everyone wants mobility. Is this true? I’m not sure if it is because I have been working with [...]

Is it time for a watch?

368 days ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Over the past few weeks, I have been seeing more and more references to a “Smart Watch”.  There has been plenty of speculation that Apple and Google were going to have offerings. Now today there is a report that Microsoft may be throwing their hat into the fray. (You can read that story here). Here [...]

The case for cases

376 days ago in Reviews by Wardy Miller | 2 Comments

In my last review I looked at a case for iPad. So this week I am reviewing the Pinlo Concize Metal Case for iPhone. I have had it on my phone for a couple of weeks now. I have to say I like it, and here’s why. I used to use an  Otterbox Defender case. [...]

Just in case…

397 days ago in Apple, Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Cases are one of the last things most people think about. Usually, you never think about until something bad happens and you wish that you had a case on your phone, iPad or whatever expensive device you need to have protected. This week I had the chance to evaluate the iPad 2 case from MobileFun. [...]

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