Airport Express: When Blinking Green Means Stop

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 10:00
Category: Hardware

airport-express2.jpgAirport Express is a great product. Lots of us use it to set up wireless networks, play music and print. It’s easy to set up and works well — until it dies. When mine did, I did the usual. I looked on line, I checked all the wires, I called Apple support. They were helpful, but I was out of luck. My waranty had expired. I looked on Apple’s discussion forums and this seems very common. Shouldn’t Apple fix what appears to be a design problem?
Is this still happening with new Aiport Expresses?
Contributed by: Peter

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MacBook Pro Display Tilt

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook Pro

I just love my new MacBook Pro but after a week of playing I noticed that I cannot open my display nearly as far as I could on my old 12-inch PowerBook. My clients with 15 and 17-inch PowerBook G4s can open the display clamshell much further back than I can with my MBP.
I wish the MBP would have been designed to allow users to open the lid to almost flat. It’s a shame with the new brightness of the display sitting on my lap it is very hard to tilt the display at an adequate vantage point to look at it squarely – not to mention brining yourself into proper alignment of the built-in iSight. My audience will have to examine how well I tie a double windsor – or knot ;)
Contributed by: Stephen Dolenski

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MicroMat’s TechTool Protege, Why Stop There?

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 09:00
Category: Uncategorized

micromat-protege.jpgMicromat have recently released a very nice little tool, the Techtool Protege:

This tiny FireWire-based device contains 1 gigabyte of memory and comes complete with the latest version of Mac OS X, the latest version of TechTool Pro and our latest drive utility DiskStudio. And there’s still room left over for your other utilities as well.

Now, this got me thinking… why doesn’t every computer come with one of these? How difficult would it be for manufacturers to put a basic startup system, along with analysis tools on each machine, so that if a problem is detected during startup, the machine switches to the flash-based basic system, runs a set of repair routines, and then either restarts from the repaired drive, or alerts the user that more work is needed?

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Memory’s Continual Expansion

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 08:00
Category: Accessory

transflash-400.jpgMy eldest daughter, Sky (19-and-two-thirds), has just purchased a new mobile phone. It has the facility to accept a ‘transflash’ memory card. The one we ordered just arrived; a 1 gigabyte unit measuring 1 x 10 x 15mm (fingernail size). It cost less than three chart CDs.
The first external hard drive I possessed was bought for a Macintosh Plus in 1986. It was about 70 x 220 x 220mm, and weighed at least a kilogram. It was the largest capacity available at the time, 20 megabytes – a FIVE-HUNDREDTH of the capacity of the aforementioned memory card. And it cost me over 600 (plus VAT).
I’m still in a mild state of shock. Read more on my blog.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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The Apple Core: EFF Stands Up for Online Journalists’ Rights in Apple v. Does

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 08:48
Category: The Apple Core

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told a San Jose, California appeals court Thursday that denying protections for confidential sources would deliver a dangerous blow to online journalism and independent media.
Apple Computer is suing several unnamed individuals, called “Does,” who allegedly leaked information about an upcoming product to online news sites PowerPage and AppleInsider. As part of its investigation, Apple subpoenaed Nfox — my email service provider — for communications and unpublished materials obtained by me. A trial court upheld the subpoena.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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MacBook Pro 17-inch at NAB

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Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2006, 01:02
Category: MacBook

nab2006.jpgThink Secret is reporting that a 17-inch version of the MacBook Pro will be announced around the time of the National Association of Broadcasters show (NAB) which opens on Saturday in Las Vegas. The article also mentions that the MacBook is not coming out at the same time.

Apple is expected to roll-out the 17-inch MacBook Pro in the next week, sources report, but a MacBook announcement is no longer slated to arrive in tandem, as previously reported.advertisementThe top-of-the-line MacBook Pro will make its debut at the National Association of Broadcasters, an industry tradeshow that kicks off Saturday with exhibits opening Monday. Apple has traditionally made product announcements the Sunday evening before the exhibits open.

Think Secret – MacBook Pro 17-inch days away

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Apple Posts (Another) Firmware Update

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Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2006, 01:05
Category: Software

In less than a week, Apple has posted their second raft of firmware updates for Intel Macs. Version 1.0.1 is available for the Mac mini, the iMac and the MacBook Pro but based on my previous experience with the 1.0.0 update on my MacBook Pro I’d HIGHLY recommend waiting at least on week before installing it.

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The Apple Core: Apple Q2 2006 financial results

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Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2006, 01:46
Category: The Apple Core

apple-q2-2006-results.jpgApple yesterday Webcasted their Q2 2006 financial results conference call.
Second-quarter profit rose 41 percent even after iPod and Mac shipments fell from a record holiday season. Net income rose to US$410 million, or 47 cents a share, from US$290 million, or 34 cents, a year earlier. Sales increased 34 percent to US$4.36 billion, compared with growth that averaged 65 percent in the prior five periods.
Shipments of iPods fell to 8.5 million units from 14 million in the previous (holiday) quarter marking the first time in more than three years that iPod shipments haven’t increased over the previous quarter. Mac shipments also fell to 1.1 million from 1.25 million over the holidays as Apple switched to Intel processors.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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MacBook Pro Video: Overclockable

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Date: Wednesday, April 19th, 2006, 22:51
Category: MacBook Pro

Hardmac is reporting that the Radeon X1600 video card that comes in the MacBook Pro is "massively underclocked." Beware that overclocking it will lead to more fan noise and faster battery drain though…

In our forums (in French), SpacetitoX has reported that while playing with his MBPro and its GPU while running WinXP, he has noticed an interesting point:

After searching the web for information or reports, I have decided to install ATI tools for WinXP on my MBPro; but the version 0.24 was not working… Then I successfully installed ATI optimized drivers to replace those ones provided by Apple, then I installed ATI Tools beta version 0.25… And I immediately came to the conclusion that once again Apple dramatically underclocked the GPU of its notebook models. Indeed the Radeon X1600 in the MBPro is clocked a 310MHz / 278MHz (GPU and RAM respectively)! When looking on the web, I have found that many PC notebooks featuring this GPU have a 470MHz/470MHz setting…

Hardmac.com : Le "Macbidouille" in English

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Day of Defeat (Half Life:Source) on a MacBook Pro!

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Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2006, 11:00
Category: Software

I have been scouring the web over the last few weeks to try to find some decent benchmarks for gaming under Windows on a MacBook Pro. Given that the machine has a Core Duo processor coupled with an ATi Radeon X1600 Mobility, I figured it should perform pretty well in my favorite First Person Shooter – Day of Defeat.
So I decided to give it a try. The full details including photos & videos are available here.
Contributed by: John Cleary

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