So I’ve had the Mac Pro for a couple of days now, and while it’s totally rad on the whole, there are a few things that could’ve worked out a bit smoother…

1.
One of my external disks, the only one to only feature USB2 (brought me nothing but problems), refuses to pop up if I connect it directly to the Mac Pro. However, if I hook it up to the HUB in my Dell display, which is in turn connected to the Mac Pro, all is fine. Weird, I know. It’s usually the other way around.

2.
As some of you will know, I currently use the Logitech Cordless Desktop S 530. I have never, and still can’t, say anything bad about the hardware Logitech make. The software on the other hand… All was fine on my PowerBook, but I guess something just went terribly wrong once they tried making it work with Intel Macs. At first I used v2.1, which I knew some people had luck with (as opposed to 2.1.1 – 2.1.3). Finder kept crashing. Then I tried out USB Overdrive, which didn’t recognize all of the buttons, and of course none of the extra buttons on my keyboard. Tried SteerMouse, same thing. As I’m writing this, I’ve had v2.0 of Logitechs Control Center installed for a few minutes, and we shall see how it goes. I hope to write a lil review of the set at a later point.

3.
This being my first Mac with multiple sound outputs, it was also the first time I came to realise that plugging in a pair of headphones did infact NOT override the other devices (aka speakers). Speakers connected on the line out in the back, headphones in the jack on the front. Solution is SoundSource from Rogue Amoeba. It let’s you quickly select both input and output sources from a menu extra. It actually kinda beats having to plug the headphones in and out, now I can just leave them plugged in all the time. Huzzah!

 

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