Tag Archive: iMac

Orico USB Converter Adapter for iMac

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Using QuickTime for iPad & iPhone Screen Capture

A quick tip to doing screen capture from any iOS device using QuickTime on OS X

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Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 on Parallels for Mac OSX

Before you start, it is a good idea to back up your existing Windows 7 virtual machine that you are about to upgrade because once you've converted it to Windows 10 there's no going back.

You will need to first download and run the Compatibility Update kb2952664 from here:

32-bit Version http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/updt/2015/05/windows6.1-kb2952664-v10-x86_57787952e4f934ba3ff690d94463a63b1df4a72f.msu

64-bit Version http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/updt/2015/05/windows6.1-kb2952664-v10-x64_6cb844c61ff4a77098ee895e0f2904d494ff5d24.msu

Then you need to download the Windows 10 Installer application:

32-bit Version

64-bit Version

This application MUST be run with AS ADMINISTRATOR for it to work properly. Then you just follow the prompts on the screen to convert your working virtual Windows 7 machine into a Windows 10 edition.


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Leap Motion Controller First Look & Review

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Here I am having a look at the new Leap Motion controller for the Mac and PC.

LaCIE 2big Thunderbolt 4Tb RAID External Drive Unboxing

Here I am unboxing and showing the LaCIE 2big Thunderbolt 4Tb RAID drive I recently purchased as an upgrade to my current NAS system. Who knew that video editing would take up so much data?

Click here for glorious 1080p HD video

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The Mist Suite by Darren Lock

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I recorded this track and give full permission for its commercial use on my own YouTube channel. I’m only putting this disclaimer here to stop YouTube pulling my video or one of the minions from a music rights company claiming my track as their own (which has happened before).

In this video, I show how you can run the preview version of Windows 8 within Parallels (or you can use any other virtual PC software such as VM Ware) on a Mac running OSX Lion. But don’t be put off, this demo is also applicable to PC users who want to run Windows 8 on a separate partition or their own Virtual Machine (recommended).

Though you might want to watch this directly on YouTube to watch in proper 1080p HD resolution by clicking the following link:

Watch in 1080p on YouTube

A quick run down on how to run Windows 8 Developer Preview if you don’t want to watch my informative video:

1) Install an emulation application such as VM Ware Fusion or Parallels. In my example, I am using Parallels on my iMac which I wholeheartedly endorse.

2) Download the .iso image you require from:


3) Start Parallels and set-up a new virtual machine. Follow the install wizard but select “Other Windows” for the type of machine you require.

4) Direct Parallels to the .ISO file you have downloaded from the MSDN website.

5) Follow the on-screen prompts and standby while Windows 8 installs itself on your virtual machine. The whole process should take around five minutes (though this could be longer dependant on the speed of your hardware).

6) Huzzah! You now have Windows 8 installed on your iMac. The great thing is that when you are finished with it, you can delete the virtual machine with no ill effects to your computer.

I have subsequently posted an updated video showing the installation and demo of Windows 8 Consumer Preview here: http://www.darrenlock.com/2012/03/01/windows-8-consumer-preview-on-mac-os-x-with-parallels

Story of my iMac

Oh dear, reader. By now, you will have probably realised that everything I do or attempt is tainted with failure or things just going a bit wrong. For me, there is no straight path from A to B. I take the roundabout way, the scenic route and embrace the daftness of the world with idiot glee.

The story of my new iMac is no exception. Well we’ve had the story about how my new Logic recording software went missing, but was subsequently replaced – taking a week longer than necessary. But what I’ve not told you is how my new computer is now winging its way back to Apple.

I bought a refurbished iMac because I wanted to save some cash. That’s the bottom line. I couldn’t justify the expense of a full price iMac so I went the cheap route. I’d read good things about refurbished iMac’s and so was in no fear of purchasing one. I was impressed with the service and the speed of delivery. I got the girlie giggles unpacking my new machine* and enjoyed find my way around an unfamiliar operating system. My eyes recovered after being rendered sore by my previous 18″ laptop. Things were great!

Then the screen started wobbling. I was getting graphics interference, the likes of which resembled me imbibing certain psychedelic material from the 60s and I began to panic. “This wasn’t part of the Apple experience!” I bleeted. It was bad enough living without a “DELETE” or hash key, but this graphics nonsense was a step too far.

I phone support who told me how to reset the video RAM and how to disconnect the computer from the mains and hold the power button in for five seconds to clear whatever was wrong. The Apple guy was polite and helpful and again I was impressed with the service. His solution worked for a while.

Then the problem returned and I reset and held in the power button. This problem seemed random, though it did seem to happen after the computer raised itself from sleep mode. But sometimes, it didn’t. I couldn’t replicate the problem. I ran disk checks, I even reinstalled OS X and some of my software, which was a pain.

After a week of prodding and poking and trying to get things to work, I gave up and called Apple support. It was time to return this dud and get a refund. Again, the other Apple guy was polite and the process was done over the phone in less than 10 minutes. The courier came yesterday and my iMac is winging its way back to Apple HQ.

On Monday, I went to the local PC World and bought a new iMac 27 so that I could backup all the software and stuff I bought on the old one. So for a time, I’d gone from having no iMacs, to having two iMacs, I looked like the Loughton branch of the Apple Store albeit being a noisier and less visually appealing Apple Store.

But I now have a working Apple iMac 27 with all my software installed on it and I am moving towards getting back into production mode. I’ve set the bar too high as I’ve got too much new software to learn. But I like the way things are going, I like the speed, the clarity and no eye strain. My iMac also talks to my NAS via wireless without the problems I was having with my Windows 7 laptop. My laptop also has issues with my router, which my iMac does not.

Onwards and upwards, I guess…

* When I worked for Web User there was this jumped up squirt of a production guy who came up to me once to object about my use of the word “machine” in one of my reviews. A PC cannot be a machine, he said. I don’t like that word. Replace it – blah, blah, blah. I agreed and completely ignored his suggestion. A PC is a machine – albeit it an electronic one with minimal moving parts, but I am not going to argue the toss with someone I don’t respect. Heigh ho!