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Time for another Mac Montage show this week covering:

USB3 Performance - A quick demo of the blistering performance on the new MacBook Pro. With all the focus on Thunderbolt, it;s easy to forget just how speedy USB 3 is. Although only on the new MacBook Pro, it's only a matter of time before USB is rolled out across all new Macs. In this segment, I demo a really fast USB3 flash drive with jaw dropping performance.

RSS ScreenSaver - How to put it back in Mountain Lion after Apple kindly removed it. You will need a Lion backup. You did take one didn't you?

Shared Photo Streams on the Mac - Now included in iPhoto and Aperture, this brilliant feature of iCloud enables you to share selected photos with different groups of people. Very easy to setup on the Mac or iOS device, shared photo streams enable you to add comments or like photos, and the updates are circulated to everyone subscribed to the photo stream.

Copying eMail Addresses - a quick terminal tip to regain your sanity. I've covered it before, but this is still my favourite mail hack and one I turn to every time the OS gets updated!

This full tutorial includes sections on:

  • USB3 Performance
  • Re-instating RSS ScreenSaver
  • Shared Photo Streams
  • Shared Photo Streams on iPhoto
  • Creating a Shared Photo Stream in iPhoto
  • Shared Photo Streams on Aperture
  • Accepting Invitations on the Mac
  • Using Shared Photo Streams in ScreenSavers
  • Copying Email Addresses

Email Terminal Command

defaults write AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool NO

USB3 Stick Links

Amazon UK - Kingston Technology 64GB USB 3.0 DTHX Flash Drive

Amazon US - Kingston Digital HyperX 3.0 DataTraveler (DTHX30/64GB)

Video Tutorial Comments

(8 comments posted)

Daniel Watson

I'm not sure what I am doing wrong but the Copy Email Address tip does not work for me.

Copied the command from the video page, also tried different caps for No/NO, -bool/-boolean etc.. but no luck.

Running Mac OSX Mountain Lion 10.8.2

Any thoughts?


Are you sure you're exiting mail and restarting it?

Copied, pasted, quit mail, open mail, worked perfectly for me! [email protected] like that!

Daniel Watson

Aha...ooops, sorry I must have missed that piece. All good...thanks Don (and John).

Peter Taylor

I'm considering an upgrade to a new mac with USB3. I have quite a few external USB2 drives in the 2.5" form factor that I was considering putting into USB3 enclosures. Has anyone tried this and seen a huge speed boost? I'm just wondering if the controllers on my old drives would limit overall performance. Thanks


Peter Taylor

OK. I bit the bullet and tried this myself. Using a drive I took out from a 2008 MacBook Pro and put it in a Savio USB3 enclosure. Write speed was 35 MB/s on USB2 vs 45 MB/s on USB3. Read speeds were 38 MB/s on USB2 vs 48 MB/s on USB3. It's not worth buying a USB3 enclosure unless you have a more recent and higher capacity hard drive IMHO. Cheaper to stick to USB2 enclosure for the older drives given the limited performance boost or put the cash for a USB3 enclosure towards a new USB3 drive.


Peter Taylor

Hmmm. The drive I used was formatted as NTFS and so the limit was Paragon NTFS software. Reformatted to HFS+ Journaled and got the same results for USB2 but for USB3 it was 75MB/s for both read and write. A quick comparison with a 500Gb drive in a FW800 enclosure for info gave 75MB/s write and 50Mb/s read.


Hi Peter, Thanks for sharing that - so you in effect doubled the read/write speeds using the USB3 enclosure and Read was quicker than a FW800 drive. Interesting!

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