This $999 configuration in Apple's updated Mac Mini line features a 2.0GHz Intel Core i7, 4GB of RAM, and a pair of 500GB, 7,200 rpm hard drives. It also uses the Server version of Apple's new OS X Lion software, making this system well-suited to anchoring a network for small work groups. You can also use the new Thunderbolt port to add fast external storage. Customization options for the Mac Mini Server include more system memory, and different hard drive configurations, including solid state drives.
As predicted by Synology, upgrading to the new and shiny OS X 10.7 Lion will for now mean that you can't use a third-party NAS server as the backup device for use with Apple's Time Machine software.
This is because Lion now uses a new version of Netatalk, which has different requirements from the previous version, making current third-party NAS servers incompatible with its filing protocol until their firmware is updated.
I tried the new OS with a few NAS servers in the last two days, and while Lion could still see the NAS server as the … Read more
Mac users with a NAS server should probably wait a bit before upgrading to OS X 10.7 Lion, due for release later this month.
According to Synology, maker of the highest-rated NAS servers on the market, its DiskStation servers will not work well with Lion, or at least the support for the Time Machine. This is because with Lion, Apple has changed the way Mac file service works, and it uses the new version of Netatalk for Time Machine. This means most, if not all, NAS servers that currently support Mac 10.6 will not be fully compatible with … Read more
Hackers have posted a document that allegedly has user names and passwords for an Apple server.
The find, posted via the AntiSec hacking campaign, appears to be a warning that Apple "could be a target too."
The bigger picture here is that Apple will become an increasing target for these hacker groups if the company provides the right trigger. Apple could represent the Holy Grail for malicious hackers given its stash of iTunes customer data. If Sony, AT&T and the CIA can bring hackers headlines just imagine what Apple could do.
Diskeeper 2011 automatically takes care of hard-disk fragmentation as it occurs, making the manual defragmenters we're all accustomed to a thing of the past. For any Windows users experiencing a lag in hard-disk performance, this hassle-free tool is a fantastic option.
Shortly after installation, Diskeeper analyzes all the volumes on your computer. The data it collects is used as a baseline for the Performance Reports it generates from that point on. These reports let you know how many fragments the program has eliminated as well as how, exactly, it has improved your PC's performance. While most users won'… Read more
The FBI seized Web-hosting servers from a data facility today, causing a number of sites to go down or transfer operations to other facilities.
Agents confiscated three racks of blade servers from a Maryland facility run by DigitalOne, the Switzerland-based hosting company said. DigitalOne's site, as well as real estate blog Curbed and restaurant blog Eater--two sites affected by the outage, according to The New York Times--were inaccessible this afternoon.
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer questions e-mailed in by our readers. This week we answer questions about Mail forgetting account passwords, options for dual-booting OS X to maintain PowerPC support when Lion comes out, processes "mds" and "kav" taking up CPU time, and a question on Apple's Server Admin Tools versus OS X Server. We continually answer e-mail questions, and though we present a few answers here, we welcome alternative approaches and views from readers and encourage you to post your suggestions in the comments.
Question: Mail forgetting account passwords An … Read more
Since the initial releases of OS X, Apple has developed a Server variant of the operating system, which has until now been a rather expensive option. With the end of the Xserve line and options like the Mac Mini server, Apple has made its Server software cheaper and cheaper, to the point where in OS X Lion it will be a $49 upgrade purchase from the Mac App Store. As a result some people may be wondering what OS X Server is all about and how it may benefit them.
MacFixIt reader "John" recently wrote in with such … Read more
UPDATE: 6:25 p.m. -- It appears GoDaddy.com is back to normal after being down for more than three hours. The company says on its Twitter feed that technical issues, rather than hackers, were to blame.
It appears the domain and hosting super giant GoDaddy.com--perhaps best known for its trademark racy Super Bowl commercials and spokesperson, Nascar driver Danica Patrick--is having server troubles today.
Users have reported on Twitter and elsewhere their troubles accessing GoDaddy.com, which many customers use as a primary access point for hosting and domain accounts. Tweets about troubles accessing the site first … Read more
I recently got an e-mail from a reader that asked, "Since when has the Internet become the cloud?" and it struck me how far from the truth the term "cloud" is (and I am talking about computing, of course). After all, there's nothing up in the air about this. Quite the contrary.
When facing something cool and hard to explain, we tend to give it a sexy name that might not have much to do with what it is. This is because we like it that way and because sexy sells. And Steve Jobs' recent … Read more