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Yes, some 2008 MacBooks and MBPs can address 8GB of memory

Storage and upgrade vendor Other World Computing took another look at the memory limits in some late 2008 Core 2 Duo MacBook and MacBook Pros and found that a specific blend of updated firmware, Boot ROM and OS versions will let the notebooks handle a 8GB RAM upgrade.

March 5, 2011

Mac solid-state TRIM support to arrive in Mac OS X Lion

According to reports, support for the TRIM command used by modern solid-state drives (SSD) will arrive with the release of Mac OS X Lion, aka Mac OS X Version 10.7. The software improves the write performance of the flash memory and can also reduce wear on the memory cells.

February 26, 2011

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

The BlackBerry Curve 3G is not a big advance. The screen resolution could be better, and we'd appreciate more internal memory. It brings the Curve range up to date, but would have more impact with BlackBerry OS 6 preinstalled.

August 27, 2010 by

FOTOBOX Plus creates slideshows from USB device

Honestech, a digital media software company, has just released FOTOBOX Plus, a USB device that enables the creation of multimedia slideshows from photos and videos. The gadget contains an integrated memory card reader and embedded PC software (thus, not compatible with Mac OS) with Flash memory, which can automatically run without any installation.

October 15, 2009 by

Max memory limits for 64-bit Windows 7

While the maximum RAM limit for 32-bit Windows 7 editions is 4GB, when it comes to 64-bit editions, the amount of memory that the OS can address depends on which edition you are running.

April 28, 2009

OS X versus Vista, RAM division

Now that I have a recent-vintage MacBook for testing, I'm finally able to make some head-to-head comparisons between OS X and Vista. Because this system has a mere 1GB of RAM, I was curious to get a sense of how thrifty OS X Leopard is when it comes to memory usage. Vista gets a bad rap for demanding huge amounts of resources. Is that reputation fair or accurate? I put both systems to the test so I could see for myself. The results were surprising.

October 24, 2008 by

Overclock a Mac Pro or Xserve in software

Our pals over at ZDNet Germany have released an overclocking tool for the Mac Pro and Xserve that raises the speed of the processor, front side bus and memory – all without opening the case. Although tons of overclocking tools are available for Windows, up until now, little if any have been available for the Mac OS.

June 30, 2008 by

Photo of rumored Palm Treo 800w appears

Back in the day when I had a Palm OS Treo I used to load up the custom ROMs created by Shadowmite since they took out a bunch of junk that was included by default and helped me recover some available memory. It seems he scored the first photos of the rumored upcoming Windows Mobile Palm Treo 800w. It seems his site is getting hit hard so check out Palm Infocenter for the photo and more rumored specs of this device. It look like a Palm OS Centro device with a couple more keys to activate the Windows Mobile soft keys.

May 16, 2008 by

IT Dojo: Disable USB storage under OS X or Windows

Hollywood would have IT pros believe that the biggest threat to network security comes from international super hackers or high school kids trying to download games like global thermonuclear war. In reality, we face a more mundane threat--our end users, particularly those wielding USB storage devices.These pocket-sized devices can store a large amount of data. But even if your users aren't planning to cart off sensitive company files, USB storage devices (external hard drives, camera, memory stick, MP3 players, etc.) can be a headache in other ways. Employees may use your networks to download music to their USB-based MP3 players. New USB flash drives, such as SanDisk's U3 smart drives, can even run software directly from the device--a perfect tool for the end-user who wants to run unauthorized software on your network.If your concerned about USB storage devices on your network and don’t feel a written policy alone will protect your data, disabling the devices is your next step.In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler, TechRepublic's Head Technology Editor, shows you how to disable USB storage devices on both Apple OS X and Windows. The United States National Security Agency (NSA) described the process in a March 2008 document from the agency's Information Assurance Directorate.Once you've watched this IT Dojo video, you can read the original TechRepublic article, download PDF version of this tip, and learn more about mitigating the risks poses by USB storage devices from our IT Dojo blog.

April 28, 2008 by

Is Vista stupid (or is it me)?

OK – brief rant here. Why is it that when I'm using a USB memory stick, Vista is apparently incredibly stupid about removing the device when I'm finished working with it? First, the OS refuses to allow me to safely remove the stick if a window is open. How dumb is that? Second, even after dutifully closing all windows, files, applications, etc. and clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware button in the tray, Vista leaves the dialog box informing me that I may now safely remove the hardware open after I've removed the stick. Seemingly forever. Until I dismiss it manually. XP was smarter than this. So I ask again: Is Vista stupid or is it me?

July 12, 2007 by

Symbian e-mail gets pushy

Symbian has announced an updated version of its operating system for mobile devices, promising better memory usage and integrated push e-mail support.The company also claims that Symbian OS 9.

March 26, 2007 by

The Great Vista/Mac Showdown: ReadyBoost stands alone

Last time, we looked at RAM usage by the Windows Vista and Mac OS operating systems. Now, we turn to memory enhancement, something that is unique to Windows Vista, because it includes a technology called ReadyBoost, which uses flash memory to supplement available system RAM.

February 27, 2007 by

The Great Vista/Mac Showdown: Goodbye, WinRot

One of the major distinctions between Windows XP (as well as its predecessors) and Mac OS was the fact that a Windows systems needed to be restarted daily to clear out system memory and improve performance, where I could run a Mac for days or weeks without seeing significant signs of system rot, the loss of memory performance due to poor memory management. At Microsoft, it is referred to as "WinRot.

February 21, 2007 by

Fix in for Apple flaw

Xsan Filesystem patch tackles flaws in Mac OS X versions that could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code or crash a system.

August 18, 2006 by

What if?

What if Microsoft's David Weise had not created the "protected mode" that let Windows programs blow past the 640K memory barrier back in the late 1980s?Larry Osterman suggests that OS/2 would have dominated Windows, that IBM would have dominated that ecosystem, and thus the Linux boom might never have happened.

February 4, 2005 by

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