All Posts by Date or last 15, 30, 90 or 180 days.
also by Lloyd: diglloyd.com photography and WindInMyFace.com

Thank you for buying via links and ads on this site,
which earn me advertising fees or commissions.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Other World Computing...
B&H Photo...
Amazon
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Capacities up to 56TB and speeds up to 1527MB/s
877-865-7002
Today’s Deal Zone Items... Handpicked deals...
$300 $175
SAVE $125

$999 $879
SAVE $120

$348 $298
SAVE $50

$400 $310
SAVE $90

$2098 $1298
SAVE $800

$1499 $1149
SAVE $350

$322 $242
SAVE $80

$1499 $1149
SAVE $350

$1299 $949
SAVE $350

$330 $330
SAVE $click

$498 $498
SAVE $click

$180 $140
SAVE $40

$1299 $949
SAVE $350

$426 $426
SAVE $click

$180 $156
SAVE $24

$130 $100
SAVE $30

$2997 $2997
SAVE $click

$3498 $2998
SAVE $500

$370 $370
SAVE $click

$4899 $4899
SAVE $click

$1000 $1000
SAVE $click

$1699 $1149
SAVE $550

$280 $230
SAVE $50

$1899 $1499
SAVE $400

$4499 $3499
SAVE $1000

$2198 $1998
SAVE $200

$3998 $3498
SAVE $500

$1799 $1799
SAVE $click

$18599 $16599
SAVE $2000

$1149 $849
SAVE $300

$650 $450
SAVE $200

$199 $119
SAVE $80

$280 $200
SAVE $80

$1399 $1049
SAVE $350

$1199 $779
SAVE $420

$250 $220
SAVE $30

$1699 $1149
SAVE $550

$200 $130
SAVE $70

$79 $49
SAVE $30

$120 $30
SAVE $90

$189 $159
SAVE $30

$3899 $1499
SAVE $2400

$2999 $1999
SAVE $1000

$1699 $849
SAVE $850

$1698 $1198
SAVE $500

$1149 $849
SAVE $300

$1399 $1049
SAVE $350

$1498 $998
SAVE $500

$2797 $2497
SAVE $300

$280 $230
SAVE $50

$899 $549
SAVE $350

$1699 $1149
SAVE $550

$3397 $3097
SAVE $300

Whither Thunderbolt?

The Thunderbolt port was announced with much hype and fanfare, but where are the peripherals? (drives, card readers, etc).

Thunderbolt peripherals don’t exist yet.

And when they do, they won’t come cheap. Making a Thunderbolt peripheral is NOT CHEAP and won’t be for some time. Which is why for starters all you’ll get is expensive multi-drive enclosures.

The omission of USB 3.0 from Macs is a we-have-rich-users decision on Apple’s part, well, it’s downright idiotic. USB 3 will be cheap. Thunderbolt will be expensive for a year or so, and most likely longer. Anyone want a $150 digital camera card reader that is a pain in the #$#*$*$ to connect with other devices in daisy-chain style?

A Mac Pro with Thunderbolt would be nice, in theory, but in practice worthless for many months to come, unless you like one flavor of ice cream. Plenty of excellent solutions exist already on the current Mac Pro. And an MPG Pro Workstation delivers, today.

On other Macs, Thunderbolt is a nice potentiality over aging Firewire 800 and USB2. And that’s it for most of this year. Well, it is a good place to stick used chewing gum for now.

On the Mac Pro, the ultimate benefit of Thunderbolt will be the reduction of cost for Mac Pro high-end storage, because a RAID card will no longer be needed, so long as the enclosure itself handles the RAID, or software RAID is used.


Save the tax, we pay you back, instantly!
View all handpicked deals...

Apple 13.3" MacBook Air with Retina Display (Early 2020, Space Gray)
$999 $879
SAVE $120

diglloyd.com | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
Mailing Lists | RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2020 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.
Display info: __RETINA_INFO_STATUS__