Welcome to the second Friday of 2010!
Time to start the New Year Right
So over the holiday I decided to clean up the studio and get my new beautiful 24″ iMac out of the box and set it up. It’s about time, I said and I found some time to do it. I had bought it in September but my schedule has been pretty hectic and I just could not get to it. Plus with the office purging and the rewire of the bench area, I needed a few days to work on the project.
I got the studio bench setup and the new iMac is almost complete. A few months back I took advantage of a sale at the local computer mega store and bought a 1 Terabyte external USB/Firewire hard drive for my Time machine backups that I would be doing with my iMac. When I bought the drive, I did not take into consideration, the fact that it had Firewire 400 ports. No problem. I have been using Firewire 400 for years. Firewire 400 is on most of my Mac’s. Problem. On the new iMac, it’s Firewire 800. Firewire …. GOOD! Firewire 800 … Good but a problem.
Most of my Firewire devices are Firewire 400. Scanner, External Hard drives, digital video camcorders. All of which have cables that will not plug into my new iMac. What’s a boy to do? Well I guess I could go and buy Firewire 400 to 800 cables for all of my devices. It must be a better way.
On a Mission
So I trot myself back to the computer store to get some cables and I am looking around and I find a Firewire hub for $50.00 by Belkin. I think that this may be what I need. I got a few Firewire 400 to 800 cables and I was about to leave when I saw it.
There it was! Shining in plastic wrappings on an end cap display. Angels hovering around it. Sounds of choirs in my ears. Yes, this was what I needed.
The fine people at www.iogear.com had created the thing I needed for my peripherals and my new iMac to live together. It’s the Hi-Speed USB 2.0/Firewire 7 Port Hub. It has 4 USB 2.0 Ports and 3 Firewire Ports in one unit. Takes up minimal desktop space and with one Firewire 800 cable from the hub to the iMac, I can hook up all of my peripherals with my existing cables. Woo Hoo! One of the best features, it was only $29.99. Half the price of the Belkin single protocol hub.
The backup set up for the new iMac is next.
And now for our Back in time feature
Don Was of the group “Was not Was” used a Mac in this 1987 video. For you kids, this is the original not the version from the movie “Ice Age” See if you can spot the Mac in it. Be careful. If you look at this video more than once, you’ll find yourself doing the dance. Enjoy