Where is my 19-Inch MacBook Pro?

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2006, 09:47
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple has released its latest PowerBook (sorry, MacBook Pro!). Powered by a dual core Intel engine, it runs up to five times the speed of the PowerBook G4 and has eight times the graphics bandwidth. It’s got a built-in webcam and it weighs just over 3kg. So how come I’m not desperate to replace my two year-old 17″ 1.33MHz PowerBook G4?
It is partly because Adobe aren’t going to be releasing their Intel-optimised applications until next year. It is partly because my current PowerBook G4 is plenty fast enough for most situations (and, yes, I know that once I’d used one of the new ‘Books I would soon change my tune on that one).
It is partly because Apple still aren’t implementing the new 160GB hard drives as a CTO option (I installed one in my current ‘Book, and it was like moving into a much larger house! 70GB of iTunes songs, a full suite of apps, and I still have nearly 50GB of free space!).
But mainly it’s because I’d have liked it to be just a bit bigger!
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A Solution for Airport Express Problems

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Accessory

I have finally found a solution for my Airport Express problems. Multiple times it would fail. I originally found that using the Airport Setup Assistant, could restore my Airport to full operation. But that’s not the end of the story. Main problem I would get is that I could always network, but wireless printing kept failing. I finally tracked down the problem to a final solution.
Where I am, I plug everything into a power strip and kill everything when I shutdown for the day. What I was unaware of is, that there is PRAM in the Express, held by a small battery or supercap on the board. If I use my system for 3 hours, and then turn everything off for 14 hours, the PRAM becomes at least partially discharged, hence the cause of my numerous problems.
Solution is, to at least once a week, leave my power strip on 24-hours, which charges the Express’ PRAM battery, and my problems have disappeared.
So, firstly, re-do the Airport Setup Assistant. See if that works, if it does, then manage the power system so that the thing does not go brain dead. If nothing works after that, then hardware failure is the cause.
Contributed by: Paul Pollock


MacBook Pro Double Layer Conspiracy

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2006, 09:46
Category: MacBook Pro

apple-superdrive.jpgFound tonite on Slashdot:
Public belief:
The 15″ and 17″ are the very same thickness and therefore there is no technical reason for the 15″ not to also have the dual-layer drive.
There is a technical reason. The 17″ is both wider and deeper than the 15″. There are things in the 15″ that get in the way, thickness-wise, that do not have in the 17″ like the trackpad and the keyboard. You don’t have to believe it, but it’s not an artificial reason, or to get people to “buy the 17” by arbitrarily keeping the DL drive out of the 15. The word directly from an engineer at Apple:

Actually the reason for the thinner 9.5 mm optical disc drive (ODD) in MBP15 is because it overlaps the keyboard front-to-back. The 17 is deeper front-to-back, hence the keyboard does not overlap the ODD and it can use the 12.7 mm ODD. This is one reason why the G4 15″ is 1.1″ thick – it uses the 12.7 mm ODD.

Contributed by: Kurt Tappe


Griffin PowerJolt Updated

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

griffin-powerjolt-2006.jpgGriffin Technology has redesigned and updated their PowerJolt iPod auto charger. The new PowerJolt comes with a detachable 48″ USB to Dock Connector cable that can be used for normal syncing and docking operations with your computer and the new 2006 PowerJolt package also includes a 48″ USB to mini-USB cable which can be used with the Griffin iTrip, iTrip nano and a number of modern cell phones and other gadgets. The new PowerJolt works with the 5G iPod (video), nano, shuffle, photo, and 4G iPod (click wheel) and is available now for US$20 from Griffin Technology.
Now if more mobile phone vendors (cough, Treo, cough) would standardize on mini-USB ports for their power connectors.


The Apple Core: Bigger = cheaper

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2006, 08:42
Category: MacBook Pro

I can deal with the fact that the 17-inch MacBook Pro has some features that the 15-inch model doesn’t have (FW800, 8x DL burner) but I am baffled by Apple’s pricing model for the MBP nicknamed “riot shield.”
Let’s compare Apples and Apples for a second (pardon the pun.) If you price out equivalent MacBook Pro 15 and 17-inch models on the Apple online store, here’s what you get…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.