MacBook Pro Dissected

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Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006, 10:11
Category: MacBook Pro

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A new OWC record. MacBook Pro 15″ 2.0GHz received about 10:30 2/21/06 – and already fully taken apart, pictures taken, and posted to the web by 1PM.
Even Kodawarisan would be proud. Click through for 19 gory pictures of the MacBook Pro disemboweled.

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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro Photoshop Benchmarks

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Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

photoshop-bench.jpgI’ve run some benchmarks on Apple’s new MacBook Pro running an application that hasn’t been optimized for the Intel chip yet – Adobe’s notoriously resource intensive Photoshop CS.
For the test I ran two Photoshop actions on my PowerBook G4 1.5GHz and on my MacBook Pro 2.0GHz. Both are similarly configured with 2GB of RAM and 120GB (5400RPM) hard drives. For the purposes of these tests both machines were booted into clean OS X user accounts with no other applications running. Photoshop guru Will Hammond created the actions and provided me with benchmarks for his TiBook 1GHz with 1GB RAM and 100GB HDD for comparison.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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MacBook Pro Battery Benchmarks (Update 6)

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Date: Tuesday, February 21st, 2006, 11:06
Category: MacBook Pro

macbook-pro-battery.jpgI did my first real test of the controversial MacBook Pro battery today.
I wanted to test the MBP battery in an unattended scenario because I have not yet migrated my data over from my PowerBook G4 1.5GHz and I needed to be productive today on my main machine. Another thing to keep in mind is that the new MacBook Pro battery has not yet been calibrated according to the instructions in the MBP User’s Guide.
Page 24 of the User Guide recommends calibrating the MBP battery as folllows…
Read more for that and the results…

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MacBook Pro Benchmarks (Update2)

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Date: Tuesday, February 21st, 2006, 09:26
Category: MacBook Pro

ALERT: According to Ladd at Xbench: 10.4 attempts to limit screen updating to 60 frames per second, and will throttle applications that exceed this limit. Normally, this is the correct thing to do, but for a benchmarking application it doesn’t work out so well. In the meanwhile, you can turn off beam sync in Quartz Debug.
They’re working on an update to resolve the issue. I’ll be posting updated benchmarks soon…

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MacBook Pro Unboxing Pictures

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Date: Monday, February 20th, 2006, 19:02
Category: MacBook Pro

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My MacBook Pro just arrived at PowerPage world headquarters 10 minutes ago and wanted to post a couple of pictures. Look at the size of the box! I’m going to start a fire, set up my tripod and post some unboxing photos soon. Stay tuned. Mad props to Everett and the entire crew at Springboard Media in Philadelphia, PA. He got five units in today and I managed to grab the last one.
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Post your specific questions in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.
See 28 photos of the new MacBook Pro unboxing on my ZDNet blog – The Apple Core.
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The Apple Core: iTab: An iBook-based Tablet Mac

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Date: Monday, February 20th, 2006, 09:34
Category: The Apple Core

itab.jpgThe iTab is a slick-looking tablet Mac but it’s not from Cupertino. This little pen-based Mac is from an outfit called ThePlaceForItAll. It isn’t the first time someone has converted an iBook into a Mac tablet, that honor goes to Joseph DeRuvo Jr…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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RadTech Impact HDD Enclosure w/64-bit Encryption (UPDATED)

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Date: Sunday, February 19th, 2006, 20:00
Category: Review

radtech-impact-enclosure.jpgRadTech has release a new and unique hard drive enclosure that’s perfect for an extra 2.5-inch hard drive that you might have as a result of upgrading the internal hard drive in your PowerBook. The Radtech Impact Hard Disk Drive Enclosure w/64-bit Encryption is different than any HDD enclosure I’ve ever seen because it adds a layer of physical security giving your data an extra level of protection.
Most people keep a complete backup of their PowerBook at home on a FireWire drive of some sort (and if you don’t, you should) but what happens if the backup drive is lost or stolen? It’s the same as having your PowerBook and all its precious data stolen – personal and private information can fall into the wrong hands.
This story has been updated with new information in the keys and getting replacements.
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Loopy Screensavers

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Date: Sunday, February 19th, 2006, 16:56
Category: Software

Loops-Screen-Saver.jpgLOOPs are a collection of unique screensavers that loop real video. Unlike OpenGL or graphics, video brings an unique and emotional touch to your computer not available from other screensavers. The screensaver modules (like Disco, pictured) cost between US$1-3 each or can be purchased in bundles for US$7, US$10.50 or the whole lot for US$26.50.
My other current screensaver is the new RSS Visualizer that comes bundled with Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger). You can customize the RSS feed list by adding a Bookmark in Safari.

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My MacBook Pro Shipped

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Date: Sunday, February 19th, 2006, 14:39
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple-Store-MBP-Shipment.jpgI take back all the nasty comments about Apple’s shipping delays with the MacBook Pro – mine shipped yesterday!
It looks like Apple’s “February 28th” revised shipping date estimate is another case of Apple under-promising and over-delivering. Obviously your milage may vary. If you haven’t pre-ordered a MBP already you may want to call your local Apple retailer and ask them about availability. Several authorized retailers tell the PowerPage that a small batch of their initial MBP orders also shipped this weekend.
Let the games begin! I’m going to bed now as I’m expecting a very busy week ;)

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Philadelphia PowerBook User Group (PPUG) Meets 18 Feb

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Date: Friday, February 17th, 2006, 10:00
Category: User Group

ppug-logo.jpgReminder if you live in the Philadelphia area: PPUG meets tomorrow.
Philadelphia PowerBook Users’ Group (PPUG) Meets 18 FebThe Philadelphia PowerBook Users Group (PPUG) will have it’s first meeting of 2006 on Saturday, February 18, 2006. The meeting will take place from 12 noon to 3pm at the Manayunk Brewing Company, just outside of Philadelphia, PA. We usually have lunch (or a brew) and talk mobile computing. I will be making a presentation on the MacBook Pro and rest of the announcements from Macworld Expo as well as digging into the PowerPage mail bag.
We’ll also be covering other aspects of mobile technology including iPods, podcasting, vodcasting, gadgets and we’ll wrap-up with a question and answer session. Feel free to bring items to sell or swap as well. Join us for a great meeting, it’s free and open to all.
Manyunk Brewing Company
4120 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
215.482.8220

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