Installing Windows 8.1 on a 2013 Mac Pro

Installing Windows 8.1 on a 2013 Mac Pro was challenging, but I’ve managed to get it working after a lot of hassle. I’ll share my experience and the solution that worked for me.

I was using the Mac Pro and the Promise Pegasus2 R4. I would divide the internal SSD to get Windows installed on that one (installing Windows directly on the Pegasus2 is not possible).

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my experience with iTunes Match and multiple iTunes accounts

At the start of 2012 Apple released a new service called iTunes Match. This service which costs $24.99 a year analyzes your music library. If a song is a available in the iTunes Store, it will be available through iCloud for free, using a high-quality 256kbps AAC format. All other songs will be copied to your iCloud account in their original form. The purpose of iTunes Match is making your music available to all devices that are associated to your iTunes Store account, and can therefore be streamed or downloaded to those devices. At the beginning it was only available in the US. But because I live in Europe and don’t have a valid US Credit Card I couldn’t use it until it was released in European countries a month ago. I mostly use my US iTunes account using iTunes Credit coupons, but I had to use my EU account for iTunes Match.

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Why Mac OS X Lion 10.7.0 can improve or break your system

Since last wednesday when Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” was released, I’ve downloaded and installed it immediately. Downloading it from the Mac App Store went surprisingly fast, got it in 15 minutes thanks to my 120 Mbps connection ๐Ÿ™‚
Didn’t hesitate to install it, because I’ve been testing my applications in the latest Beta versions to make sure they where all compatible (and they where).
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Performing a clean installation with Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion”

Apple has released more information about their upcoming OS Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” last monday. It is going to be released in July, exclusively through the Mac App Store. This means you can purchase it, and can install it immediately (depending on how fast you can download the 4 GB sized OS). The first question that slipped into my mind was: “How can you perform a clean install?”. Luckily there’s already a solution which developers found out (who could already download a developer preview through the App Store).

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Why I don’t use the Mac App Store

Since the announcement of Mac OS X 10.7 โ€œLionโ€ last year, Apple has taken a new direction in the development of Mac OS X. They want to combine the user experience of their mobile products running iOS (iPhone and iPad) with their desktop systems. Although Lion is scheduled to be released this summer, they have already released a service called the Mac App Store. Just like their App Store on iOS, this works similarly.

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