Nemo’s 2012 Holiday MyMac Gift Guide for Techies

Backup and archive. Daily. No exceptions.

If you are reading this and you are not fully backed up using Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper, stop immediately and order a new external multi-interface bus-powered backup drive or two. Keep one drive handy for daily updates, and the other offsite for safety and security. Email the G-Men on the MyMac Podcast if you need advice on how to use Time Machine and the other two backup applications.

I have been using and testing OWC’s Mercury On-The-Go Pro Triple Interface acrylic-encased FireWire 800/400 + USB 3 SSD and HDD solutions for several months, and I recommend them highly. They are versatile, sturdy, affordable, efficient, fast, and have the best guarantee in the business. Obtain an OWC unit with more storage than you think you need, because soon you will be glad you have the extra capacity. Get an SSD if max speed is your top priority, or choose an HDD if cost and max GB are paramount.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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CableJive dockXtender and duaLink

On July 16, 2010, in iPhone, Macintosh, Review, by David Weeks

The Weeks Division of MyMac Labs recently took two CableJive cables for a test drive: the dockXtender and the duaLink. Here’s what we learned.

The dockXtender is the simpler of the two devices. It’s an extension cable, plain and simple. If the current docking cable for your iPod/iPhone/iPad is too long or too short, the dockXtender may be the right length. You can purchase it in two feet (60 cm) or six feet (180 cm) lengths. The dockXtender is solidly built, but the cable’s not so thick that it’s not flexible.

Be aware this cable is NOT for connecting your iDevice to your computer; it’s a 30-pin to 30 pin cable that allows you to move your iDevice further away from the gadget that also uses the 30 pin connector at the other end of the dockXtender. For most users, this will be external speakers or a docking station. It will pass all audio, video, and power from one device to the other.

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CableJive vs. Scosche – Review

On December 3, 2008, in iPod, Review, by David Weeks

CableJive iPhone and iPod Charge Converter
Company: CableJive

Price: $37.00

Scosche passPORT
Company: Scosche Inc.

Price: $29.99

I was a Day One iPhone purchaser, and I loved it from the beginning. When the 3G iPhone was introduced, I was able, barely, to resist its siren song. I told myself that long wait times for some of my most-visited web sites to load was OK. I told myself that the fair-to-middling accuracy of the Map application without GPS was acceptable. iPhone version 1 forever! However, a good friend let me use his 3G iPhone for a couple of hours, and the siren song grew louder. I was able to resist for one reason only. Apple, in its infinite wisdom, changed the dock pinouts; original iPhones use 18 volt (FireWire) power, and 3G iPhones use 12 volt (USB) power.

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