The Apple Core: My Mac diagnostic tool belt

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2006, 10:06
Category: The Apple Core

I keep a special folder of Mac OS X diagnostic and repair applications on my Mac’s hard drive in case of emergency and there are a couple tools that every self-respecting mobile Mac user should have in their arsenal. This is a short list of some of my essential selections…
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MacBook to Come in Colors?

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2006, 08:55
Category: MacBook

Apple Insider posted a piece today about the MacBook shipping in "iMac white." If so, that may mean that it’s a painted aluminum enclosure, and if it’s painted white, why not another color? Also does this mean that it’ll chip and flake like the Titanium PowerBooks?:

When Apple Computer introduces its new line of Intel-based consumer notebooks this spring, the company may once again offer buyers a fashionable option it phased out of its iMac product line nearly half a decade ago: colored enclosures.Like the Cupertino company’s current PowerPC-based line of iBook G4 notebooks, the upcoming Intel "MacBooks" have been described by the few people who claim to have seen them as "fashionably clad in iMac white."

AppleInsider | Apple’s iBook successor may sport fashionable hues

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How to Avoid a MacBook Meltdown – Part II

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2006, 00:01
Category: Software

Rob Kolter, a Mac-only systems consultant in Colorado and PowerPage regular writes:

After reading of your frustration with the MBP Firmware update I’ve got a couple ideas that might help you in the future.
1) Install your OS on a FireWire drive. Do the core install and when the computer reboots unplug the drive. Let it boot back on the internal drive. After the reboot, install any updates: iTunes, iPhoto, GarageBand, 10.4.6, etc. on the FireWire drive. Make a DVD master of the FireWire Drive and burn it to disk. The absolute best way I’ve found to do this is to make a Netboot install image using OS X server tools that contains the image. Once you are booted off that CD, you can use Disk Utility to restore the core OS.
2) Create an Applications folder inside your home folder. Put ALL your non-Apple applications in it. Backup your home folder regularly. I backup to a compressed disk image overnight several nights a week. I carry the most recent copy on a FireWire drive in my bag. If my OS dies a sudden death, it becomes a pretty simple process to restore my OS and then my home folder.

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