As a user of two Macs it’s important for me to keep copies of files contacts, and calendar events synchronized between both computers. Apple had a solution or so I thought. I’ve been testing it for a few days and here’s how it scores so far:
- Calendar Synchronization – A+
- Contact Synchronization – A+
- Email – Not sure as I’m not using this functionality
- Photo Sharing – B+
- File storage / backup – D-
File storage was the primary feature I was looking for so I could access working files between my two computers without having to lug a portable storage device around or forgetting what machine I saved a downloaded file on. The feature that keeps me from giving the File storage capability an F is that it offers iDrive functionality. This feature allows the virtual storage space appear and function like local storage such as an external hard drive or a USB thumb drive. What is extremely disappointing about this service with much potential is that the upload functionality is painfully slow. So slow in fact that I’m looking to test some other service.
While uploading photos seemed quick enough uploading a folder with HTML files and images required zip compression which Apple claims would speed up the process. My testing showed that the MobileMe service was still painfully slow for folder uploads. Unzipping files only 2-4MBÂ proved unsuccessful on most attempts with a failure / error message.
The MobileMe service has great potential, but if you are a serious computer user and time is money, MobileMe is not practical until Apple can address upload times and decompression of files that require zipping to get them uploaded.
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March 9, 2009 | Dallas Yellow Pages
If you’re a power computer user or hardcore gamer, you’ve probably looked at or considered adding multiple monitor displays for more productivity or a wider angle of view for your favorite pc game.
I came across the DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go from Matrox. These devices allowÂ you to add multiple monitors to your pc or laptop. After spending much time reading forums, the Matrox site and anything else I could read I decided to spring for a DualHead2Go digital edition. I was confident it would allow me to add two more external monitors to my MacBook Pro. After all, most or many of the advertisement photos where that of a MacBook Pro.
There are two possible configurations as Matrox advertises. One configuration allows you to extend your desktop by turning multiple monitors into one large shared screen. The other configuration allows for multiple independent displays for opening and working in different applications.
The latter is what I was hoping for. I had my monitors ready to go, plugged everything in and only one monitor worked. I called Matrox support and was dealt the final blow of disappointment. I was told that the only way the DualHead2Go would support two independent displays is if I had a 2nd video card in my MacBook Pro.
Here’s what Matrox has on their website:
- Run two independent monitors from your notebook or desktop computer even if that system only supports a single monitor output
- A dual monitor setup lets you organize your workspace more efficiently, multi-task more comfortably and make fewer errors
- Open a different application on each monitor or stretch one application across two monitors
What is misleading is that Mac users won’t find very good information anywhere regarding this fact.
What did I do to solve my need for more workspace? Bought a 22″ widescreen flat panel. The MacBook Pro supports a 2nd external display and the 22″ display gives me some adequate workspace until I can configure and order a Mac Pro with four monitor display 🙂
Bottom Line: If you’re a MacBook user and you want to create a single enlarged display with multiple monitors the Dual or TripleHead2Go might be for you. But if you want multiple independent displays save your money for a Mac Pro.
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January 9, 2009 | Dallas Yellow Pages