Mac: Booting a Mac In Target Mode

Image of Mac's Firewire Target Mode Symbol

If you need to access the hard drive on your Mac but you are having issues with the computer or you want to copy files to a new computer, you can boot your Mac so it acts like an external hard drive.   You will need to use either a Firewire cable or a Thunderbolt cable, depending on the ports you have available on both machines.

To boot in target disc, hold down the “T” key as you boot the Mac.  Your screen should show that the computer has booted into target mode (unless of course your screen is dead).  The target disc hard drive will show up on the other like an external drive.

This can also be done by going to settings and selecting target mode in the Starup Disk area (see image below)

Image of the Start Up Disk Panel on a Mac

Office 2016 Coming Later This Year



IT Pro Portal has an article about the release of Office for Windows 10, 8, and 7, as well as, Mac OS.  The full suite of products is more oriented to the PC that the previous versions, which had been on a 4 year push to optimize them for mobile devices.

The new suite will probably be released on a subscription model.


2 Reasons OSX Mavericks Matter to Educators

Apple last week launched OSX Mavericks, the free and latest version of its desktop operating system. Notably, the tech giant ditched its cat-based naming scheme in favor of one themed after California locations (Mavericks is a well-known surfing spot in Northern California). That’s all fine and good, but what about the new features? More specifically, what does Mavericks bring to education?

It turns out that there are two big features of particular note to educators.

  • iWork and iLife are now free
  • iBooks for iOS and for Macs

Apple To Give Away OS X and iWorks to Mac Users

From Yahoo News:

Apple revealed the surprise offer, available to all users of MacBooks and Mac computers, on Tuesday at the same time as it unveiled a slimmer, faster iPad Air and a new line-up of Macs in time for the holidays.

Its Mac operating system and iWork software suite, which compete with Microsoft’s Excel, Word and other applications, will now be offered free to all users.

By giving away its Mac operating system Apple is taking on Microsoft’s predominant Windows platform, installed on an estimated eight to nine out of 10 of the world’s computers and one of its most profitable cash cows.

“We are turning the industry on its ear, but this is not why we’re doing it,” Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook told media and technology executives at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center.

“We want our customers to have our latest software.”

Full post here.

Computerworld: Parallels Desktop 8 vs. VMware Fusion 5

Computerworld Logo tested the newest releases in visualization on Mac OS X, Parallels Desktop 8 and VM Ware Fusion 5

Here is their bottom line:

Bottom line

Given the similarities in features and performance between these two programs, deciding on one or the other isn’t easy. If your needs include gaming in virtual Windows installations, Parallels is the preferred option. Similarly, Fusion is the one to get if you love experimenting with lots of different virtual OSes, thanks to VMware’s huge library of ready-to-run OS “appliances.”

Beyond that, it comes down to some little things. Fusion, for instance, manages app windows better than Parallels, while Parallels offers better gaming and 3D performance.

There is the issue of cost. At this time, Fusion 5 is selling for $50 (no upgrade pricing), and Parallels for $80 (or for $50 if you’re upgrading from an earlier version or “crossgrading” from Fusion). More significantly, Parallels uses a per-machine license. A two-license version is $100, but you’ll need licenses to cover each Mac you use. Fusion, on the other hand, allows one license to cover as many Macs as you personally use. So if you’re in a multi-Mac household, Fusion could save you a bunch of money.

Still both are excellent programs, and you can’t go wrong either way. Thankfully, both have free trials available, so you can download and try them out to see which works best for you.

The full review is here.