How it’s Made – Laser Etching PowerBooks

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2006, 09:16
Category: Mod

Philip Torrone is at it again, this time he and his merry band of DIYers has laser etched three more PowerBooks.

Last weekend we laser etched 3 more Powerbooks. We etched two 15" Powerbooks and a 12" – this time we etched a very cool bunny infused Tsunami, a NeXT logo as well as a subtle and elegant plum blossom. If you’ve wondered about the process, tools or just how laser etching looks – I put together some of the photos, links and files. Enjoy!Saul has a new Instructables up on the laser etching process, be sure to check that out too.We’re using an Epilog laser mini for the cutting and Corel Draw as the design application.

MAKE: Blog: How it’s made – Laser etching Powerbooks

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Gartner: XP Won’t Expose Macs to Viruses

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2006, 08:08
Category: Software



A story by Munir Kotadia for ZDNet Australia claims that Boot Camp security risk is just hype:

Any talk of Apple’s Boot Camp software exposing the company’s operating system to security risks is just hype and should be ignored, according to analyst firm Gartner.

In an advisory published on Gartner’s website last week, research VP Michael Silver said administrators should ignore any suggestions that Apple’s move to Intel processors will expose the system to security vulnerabilities.

XP won’t expose Macs to viruses, says Gartner – Technology News at silicon.com

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Aperture 1.1 on a PowerBook G4

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2006, 08:10
Category: Software

aperture-box-200.jpgDerrick Story has posted a good review of Aperture 1.1 running on a PowerBook G4 on the O’Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog:

Aperture 1.1 was available this morning via Software Update on my PowerBook G4. I’ve been using Aperture on a PowerBook from the beginning, and have been waiting for the 1.1 release to provide better performance when working with big RAW files. That day is here. I downloaded the update and went to work.Many people will comment on the new color values readout that’s available in the HUD and the Digital Loupe. Nice addition, but the three truly important changes are improved RAW decoding, faster performance on a PowerBook G4, and UB compatibility on the new MacBook Pro. After just a morning of testing, Apple appears to deliver on all three counts.

Aperture 1.1 on a PowerBook G4 – O’Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog

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MacBook Pro Noise Complaints

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2006, 08:54
Category: MacBook Pro

Red Sweater Blog has posted a slew of articles about issues with the MacBook Pro.  I had to send my MBP to Apple for a repair because of a loud inverter hum and absurdly high heat generation, but they replaced the temperature sensors, inverter and (so far) everything is running well.

I’ve become a bit fixated on the MacBook Pro noise issues that are plaguing many early adopters of these new machines. This page serves as a centralized organization point for the various posts I have made on the subject, as well as links to a couple programs I’ve developed to explore and alleviate the “CPU whine” issue in particular.Blog entries in chronological order:

1. All Work and No Play Makes a Quiet MacBook Pro
2. MacBook Pro Noise Update
3. MacBook Pro Noise: I Belive in Miracles
4. Entry announcing this summary page
5. MacBook Pro Noise: Battery Life Tests
6. MacBook Pro: The Whining User

Red Sweater Blog – MacBook Pro Noise Complaints

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The Apple Core: Adobe applications and Rosetta emulation

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2006, 07:17
Category: Software

rosetta-emuation.jpgBare Feats has posted a set of benchmarks comparing two non-Universal Binary applications, Adobe’s Photoshop CS2 and After Effect 7.0, running on a three different machines to gauge the true impact of Rosetta emulation.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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