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Single Time Machine Backups

Tired of Time Machine running all the time? You can turn it off in the Time Machine preference pane, but still initiate a single backup by choosing Back Up Now from Time Machine's menu bar icon. Of course, your backup is much less likely to be up to date, but Time Machine won't be taking any resources while you're trying to work.

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Developer Marco Arment is considering selling his 2013 Mac Pro and buying a new iMac with Retina 5K display and has written an extensive comparison to explain why. For single-threaded tasks, the iMac actually has a faster CPU, and it isn’t much slower at multi-threaded tasks than the Mac Pro. Plus, the iMac’s 5K Retina display is superior to anything you can use with the Mac Pro, and that will probably be true for some time. Overall, Arment thinks the Mac Pro is an increasingly niche product that is no longer best for his needs.

 
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