R.I.P. PowerBook G4 15-inch

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Date: Thursday, February 23rd, 2006, 14:34
Category: PowerBook

If you go to the Apple Store, only the 12-inch and 17-inch PowerBook G4 models are for sale. The venerable 15-inch has be End-Of-Lifed (EOL’d). If you need to have EV-DO card capability you may want to find one quickly. (Thanks Jack)


MacBook Pro Self-Surgery

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Date: Thursday, February 23rd, 2006, 14:25
Category: MacBook Pro

MBP-intel-cpu.jpgiFixit, maker of the Fixit Guide series, has posted the first MacBook Pro disassembly instructions and photos. The MacBook Pro disassembly is online at www.iFixit.com.
The MacBook Pro disassembly guide contains high resolution photos of the MacBook’s internals, including the Intel Core Duo processor. The MacBook guide complements iFixit’s revolutionary do-it-yourself laptop repair manuals, the Fixit Guide Series. Fixit Guides are available for every laptop Apple has made since 1998. All Guides are available free online at www.iFixit.com/Guide.
iFixit also sells a full line of PowerBook and iBook parts. “I’m proud to announce that we have over 600 different Mac parts and upgrades in-stock and ready to ship. We couldn’t be more excited about our market position,” said Kyle Wiens, iFixit’s CEO.
Fixit Guides are available for these computers:
– MacBook Pro
– Mac Mini
– PowerBook G4 Aluminum (867 MHz – 1.67 GHz)
– PowerBook G4 Titanium (400 MHz – 1 GHz)
– PowerBook G3 (233 – 500 MHz)
– iBook G4 (800 MHz – 1.42 GHz)
– iBook G3 (300 – 900 MHz)


The Apple Core: MacBook Migration Strategies

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Date: Thursday, February 23rd, 2006, 12:19
Category: The Apple Core

Migration-Assistant.jpgIt’s no secret the I took delivery of my new MacBook Pro notebook this week, and like many of you upgrading to a new mac I was faced with a tough decision: how to migrate my data to the new iron.
One tip: I highly recommend that you name the target hard drive the same name as the source as this saved me tons of problems with file paths on the new Mac. Once you’ve used it for about a week, you can change the target HDD name to whatever you wish.
Typically when I migrate to a new PowerBook, I update the OS on the old machine (the source) and simply drop its hard drive into the new machine (the target). In the MacBook Pro era however, all bets are off. The MBP uses a new Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive replacing the slower Ultra ATA drives from the previous generation PowerBook, so a hard drive swap is out.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.