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G4 Cube & Mac Pro – Failure never looked so good

Truong Nguyen Product Reviews

Introduced more than a dozen years apart, the Power Mac G4 Cube and Mac Pro trashcan share more than a few similarities. They both look nothing like computers but rather pieces of art. Apple priced them well above the competition, and they both failed spectacularly. Nevertheless the G4 Cube established a cult following for its fascinating design and functionality. The electrical and mechanical engineering was out of this world especially for 2000. If you ever get a chance to see this G4 Cube in person, make sure to see and touch its bottom. One feature that most love is the …

AMD Radeon RX 580 macOS 10.12.4 Sierra how to

How to: Install AMD RX 480 & RX 580 in macOS Sierra

Truong Nguyen How-To

June 2017 Update: With the release of mid-2017 iMacs, Apple has officially used Polaris Ellesmere GPUs in its lineup. The wonderful news is 10.12.6 will include drivers for RX 470, RX 480, RX 570, and RX 580. This means starting with 10.12.6 and future macOS version, we don’t need to perform these kext modifications anymore to use these cards in our Mac Pro towers. ūüėÄ April¬†2017 Update: AMD released Radeon RX 500 series on April 18th, 2017. I¬†received an RX 580 test unit from AMD and can confirm it has the same PCI ID (67DF) as the RX 480. Therefore …

Apple 27" iMac VESA Mount Kit

Apple 27″ iMac VESA Mount Conversion

Truong Nguyen How-To

Are you considering the use of a more ergonomic desk for your iMac 27″ but realized the iMac stand stood in the way? In order to use a custom monitor arm for a 27″ iMac you need to covert the factory stand to a VESA mount.¬†Apple sells this VESA mount as part model A1313. ¬†The most challenging step is exposing the mounting screws on the stand. To install the VESA mount, follow these steps: Lay your 27″ iMac face down on a desk or table with a soft towel under the display. Position the iMac so that the bottom part …

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How To: Get Rid of Updates Available Notification in macOS

Truong Nguyen How-To

Are you plagued by the annoying Updates Available notification? I know I can‚Äôt be the only one guilty of clicking ‚ÄúRemind me tomorrow‚ÄĚ for days (or weeks‚Ķ) at a time. Not everyone wants to update the OS on their Mac as soon as a new update is released given the bugs, glitches and instability that are often worked out in the months following. Other times you may not want to update the OS to preserve compatibility with certain software. The Updates Available notification gives you five options ‚Äď Install, Try in an Hour, Try Tonight, Remind Me Tomorrow, Turn On …

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Is Mac Support on the way out at the Apple Store?

Truong Nguyen Technology Consulting

I haven’t been to an Apple store in a couple of years. My last experience wasn’t the best given how little Mac product presence there was. As the iPhone now generates nearly three-quarters of Apple’s revenue and profit, Macs clearly seem secondary to Apple. Recent news on the elimination of the Business- and Event-related positions have led many to believe Apple is ready to abandon the prosumer market. The lack of upgrades to the Mac Pro since late 2013 and the minimal performance upgrades to the latest MacBook Pro are clear indicators. Many wonder whether Apple is still committed to …

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eGPU for Mac – The Beginner’s Setup Guide

Truong Nguyen How-To

You’ve seen an external graphics card (eGPU)¬†working with a Mac and looked into getting one but quickly realized it’s a confusing process. I was in your shoes. I spent hundreds of hours learning¬†everything I could find about external GPU and how to set one up with my MacBook Pro. Through this endeavor, I became acquainted with two renowned eGPU pioneers and experts, Nando and Goalque. Together we built¬†eGPU.io,¬†the first and only dedicated forum for external graphics card. My¬†goal with¬†this post is to provide a¬†comprehensive beginner’s¬†setup guide¬†so that¬†Mac users¬†can build an external GPU for their computers.¬†As new Macs and Thunderbolt eGPU …

Dongles and adapters for Late 2016 MacBook Pro

Dongles and Docks: Apple’s Latest Lineup

Truong Nguyen Product Reviews

By now you’ve probably heard about the Late 2016 MacBook Pro with its impressive Touch Bar, high price, and lack of ports. In order to make Mac laptops thinner and lighter, Apple decided to drop almost every port in favor of USB-C Thunderbolt 3. It’s future-proof, they said. What about using this new MacBook Pro in the present? Dongles, they said. I’ve used both the Late 2016 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro for the past two months. I wanted to use them¬†as much as I could so that my assessment would be fair and even-handed, not merely a gut reaction …

Late 2016 13" MacBook pro with AKitTiO Thunder3 eGPU

Update: Thunderbolt 3 eGPU for Late 2016 MacBook Pro

Truong Nguyen Technology Consulting

As a follow-up to my post on Thunderbolt eGPU for Macs back in September, this post details the next generation of Thunderbolt connectivity for most laptops including the Late 2016 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3. It is now integrated to the same physical port as USB Type C. The whole industry and Intel itself touted USB-C as the connector that does it all. So much so that Apple decided to drop all existing I/O in favor of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 in its newest MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. Apple announced the redesigned MacBook Pro at its October event. With …

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How to: Clean Your Mac Laptop Safely

Truong Nguyen How-To

If you‚Äôre like me, you use your Mac laptop every day. Sometimes you use it while grabbing a quick bite. You use it reading the headlines while enjoying your morning coffee. Your children use it to play games. You carry it around in a backpack or messenger bag and use it outdoors or at coffee shops. That‚Äôs the versatility of a laptop. And with all that use your Mac laptop is bound to get dirty. The keyboard starts to build up grime. Pet hair pokes out around keycaps. The screen becomes greasy, smudged and spotted with small drops of liquid. …

eGPU Build with Radeon RX 470 in AKiTiO Thunder2

Beefing up Skinny Macs with Thunderbolt eGPU

Truong Nguyen How-To

Fresh off the heels of the iPhone 7 launch, many Apple users can’t help but feel neglected that similar updates haven’t been made to the Mac lineup. With Apple building its¬†products¬†thinner and thinner, something has to give. The most notable compromise of skinny Macs is the lack of graphical computing power. As of fall 2016 every Mac is in dire need of a refresh. While there are rumors updated Macs are coming, more powerful GPU options are likely limited. External graphics card enclosures (eGPU) via Thunderbolt ports may¬†be the only solution going forward. Thunderbolt is a standard input/output in every …