AP Reviews the MacBook Pro

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Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2006, 23:28
Category: MacBook Pro

Associated Press technology reporter Matthew Fordahlk has posted a review of the MacBook Pro. Here’s a snippit:

What about the all-important battery life? Starting with it fully charged, I surfed the Web, listened to music and engaged in other regular tasks for an impressive 3 hours and 10 minutes before the system went to sleep. Once plugged in, it woke up in seconds, exactly where it stopped.
The run time was slightly longer than for an older PowerBook, which I tested under similar under similar conditions a year ago. In that case, the battery fully drained in just under three hours.
The MacBook’s result is even more impressive because the Intel chip runs two computing engines at once, instead of just one on the PowerBook’s G4 chip. The MacBook’s processor also runs at a faster clock speed.

Read the rest of his review for AP.


Ask PowerPage: Universal Binary Browsers

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Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2006, 22:21
Category: Uncategorized

Dear PowerPage:
I’m just wondering about Firefox on the new MBP. Does Firefox have to use Rosetta, or is there a native version available. If there is no native version yet, what speed does it seem to work at?

Hello Chris,
Currently Firefox is a PowerPC application which means that it must run in Rosetta emulation on the Intel Macs. However I have found an excellent alternative in Deer Park an alpha release of the next generation Firefox browser which runs natively on Apple’s Intel Macs.
Unfortunately, my favorite browser Flock isn’t yet Universal Binary.

What Universal Binary browser are you using these days? Why?


Disk Utilities and Intel Macs

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Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2006, 22:06
Category: Software

I wrote to each of Micromat (TechToolPro) and Alsoft (DiskWarrior) on the status of their products with respect to the new Intel Macs. Both said they will have new versions soon which run on Intel and that their current versions should not be run on Intel Macs.
Micromat said that if you run their current version of TTP4 on a PPC Mac, and access an Intel Mac via firewire disk mode, that TTP4 will properly work on the Intel Mac, optimizing disk directories, optimizing drive space, etc. Alsoft said exactly the opposite:

The partition map of the Intel-based Macs is different from the PowerPC-based machines. DiskWarrior will not rebuild the Intel machine in Target Disk Mode.

What has your experience been with the disk utilities for the Mac? Post in the comments below.


The Apple Core: Tablet Envy

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Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2006, 08:50
Category: The Apple Core

umpc.jpgIn case you missed it, there’s a whole lot going on with tablet development these days – and it’s not in the Mac camp.
The Wintel community is abuzz about Intel’s Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) platform and a new product from Microsoft called Origami due to launch on March 9. The very stealthy Origami Project Web site only gives clues about what’s to come but the conventional wisdom is that it’s a miniature tablet PC that will play music and have full Media Center functionality, including playback of full motion videos.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.