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More EFI updates…

September 18th, 2011 No comments

On Monday, Apple released an EFI firmware update for MacBook Air systems that in addition to fixing performance issues with Target Disk mode, implemented compatibility for the upcoming Thunderbolt displays that Apple is developing. Following this update, Apple today released two more updates for the MacMini and MacBook Pro systems which address the same problems and compatibility issues as the MacBook Air update.

What’s a major product release without having to patch a few software bundles here and some firmware there? Apple has just rolled out a MacBook Air EFI Firmware update in preparation for all of those sexy Thunderbolt Displays hitting the market in the coming weeks.

The update, like all Apple updates before it, is pretty vague, but this one includes some fixes to enhance the ability of Lion Recovery from an Internet connection, as well as resolves some issues with the Thunderbolt Displays and Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode performance. So, yeah, hit up the Mac App… err, Software Update.

It’s probably the least Apple could do, right? I mean, shipping Lion sooner than it was ready is one thing, but shipping Thunderbolt Displays that are barely working on the MacBook Air is another thing entirely.

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Apple’s Online Store’s are Down! Surprises coming up ?

September 9th, 2011 No comments

All Apple stores are under maintenance wonder whats going on, preparation for millions of people’s wishes or ????

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What is a broadband fair usage policy ? will it give us a better experience ?

September 2nd, 2011 No comments

Although many broadband providers claim to offer unlimited broadband downloads some in fact do have “fair usage policys” that they can use to implement restrictions on users who they consider to use excessive bandwidth. In most cases the use of P2P (Peer to Peer) file sharing programs is a large factor in excessive bandwidth use as others can transfer files form your computer to theirs and vice versa.

If you are a very high bandwidth user then it is worth checking the full terms of contract when you take up a broadband contract as although some do state they have unlimited broadband in reality that is not sometimes the whole truth.

You may find if you are a very high bandwidth user that your broadband provider may have a few options that they might take. The most drastic being that they could ask you to leave and stop using their service.

Other options that they might implement is to restrict your broadband access. This can be in the form of reducing the speed your broadband runs at at peak times and also possibly if you use P2P File sharing programs restricting these as they are usually high bandwidth tools.

Another possible option you might find is that your contention rate changes and goes up. The contention ratio is a figure that indicates how many other users you could find yourself sharing with at a maximum at any time. Obviously the more users this is then the more resources other users will be taking up and slowing your connection.

 

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