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In this episode of Mac Geek Gab, you’ll dive deep into the need for speed with answers to Carsten’s question of NVMe Gen 5 versus Gen 4. You’ll learn the differences between NVMe, M.2, and SATA, and get the lowdown on essential peripherals like the Satechi Mac mini-shaped USB hub, OWC ThunderBlade, HyperDrive Next Snap-On USB-C SSD Enclosure, and HyperDrive Next USB4 SSD Enclosure. With this knowledge, you can ensure your Mac setup runs at peak performance.

Terry’s question about whether 8GB of RAM is enough for a new Mac sparks a thorough discussion on the intricacies of swap versus real RAM, especially in the context of Apple’s Unified Memory architecture. Is more RAM always better, or does Apple’s innovative approach change the game? You’ll find out how to make the most of your Mac’s memory without overspending. Stay informed and Don’t Get Caught with insufficient RAM!

Starting the episode, you’ll discover a range of handy Quick Tips to optimize your Apple experience. From Dustin’s tip on printing a website in Reader Mode to Dom Bettinelli’s reminder to re-enable iCloud Photos, these tips are packed with practical advice. Marty shares how to mirror your Apple Watch, while Mark M helps you identify Apple Silicon vs. Intel from just the keyboard. Gary warns about battery drain issues linked to the 1969 date, and there’s a crucial reminder to be aware of your VPN kill switch. Tony’s advice on enabling Apple Watch Water Lock to avoid errant taps and the emergency trigger function adds another layer of utility.

These quick tips ensure you stay ahead of potential pitfalls and Don’t Get Caught off guard. Press play…and enjoy!

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Dave Hamilton

Dave Hamilton is a podcaster, a publisher, and a nerd who has spent the past three decades of his career educating thousands of computer users. In addition to Mac Geek Gab podcast (now in its 19th year!), Dave is co-host of Business Brain and Gig Gab, two other shows to check out! Dave is also the co-founder and CEO of BackBeat Media, a boutique network of podcasts and websites that represents fiercely-independent publishers, of which Dave considers himself one. He has been involved in online publishing since 1998, when he co-founded The Mac Observer, a popular Apple news site which was acquired in 2021. Technology isn't the only thing Dave's a nerd about: he's also a drummer, playing in Bitter Pill, Fling, and various other projects in and around the New Hampshire seacoast where he and his wife, Lisa, live and raised their two children. Dave's reachable for a limited amount of paid consulting at DaveTheNerd.com and you can find to him on Mastodon, Bluesky, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, too!


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