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    USB3 on Mac?

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    Mac Mini & SSDs

    Any 2.5" SATA SSD will be a drop in replacement. You'd actually have to go out of your way to buy the WRONG (Parallel ATA) interface since 95% of the SSD's made are all SATA. If you're getting the latest 2009 model of Mac mini - they now support SATA II speeds so you'll get maximum benefit from the _current_ crop of solid-state drives. Make sure it uses an Indilinx or Samsung controller chip and quotes peak read speeds at 200+mpbs or more and Write speeds of 135+ or higher. You definitely don't want to buy one of last year's SSD models, they'd be significantly slower. Check out the blog page at www.mac-ssd-drives.com for the current state of the SSD market.
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    tv tuner software

    Hmmm. Googling around a bit at this Apple Mac tv tuner blog, I see ElGato added support for the Hauppauge 950-Q Clear QAM tuner in version 3.0.3 of EyeTV in August of 2008 - so you'd definitely need to be VERY current on Eye TV THREE to pull in QAM digital cable signals. Altho the 950Q and QAM enabled 2008 version of the EyeTV Hybrid are based on the same hardware, USB gizmo's can have unique USB Product/ID codes, and software has to be written/updated to RECOGNIZE that unique identifier. So sometimes there's a lag between when a product is released and something like EyeTV 3 is updated to recognize a 3-rd party tuner like that as a supported device.
  4. Windows Vista native support for UVC universal video class USB webcams will probably be a HUGE benefit to Apple Mac users - the marketplace is shifting and the days of hunting down cams that just work and futzing with drivers will be a thing of the past soon. Apple's support of UVC under Tiger & Leopard for it's built-in iSight models is a godsend. In the meantime I compiled a short list of what works at: www.mac-compatible-web-cam.com -- Gonna spend some time with BootCamp VMware and Parallels seing how an Intel Mac handles dual environments and how my USB cams behave this weekend. Webcams have been on the Mac since CU-SeeMe days and Connectix QuickCams in 1995 over DIAL-UP no less - and yet oddly somehow after all these years 2008 seems will finally be the year that video-conferencing really does hit the mainstream.