The MacBook Pro Serial Number Code

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Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 14:40
Category: MacBook Pro

As I previously reported early MacBook Pro’s shipped beginning with serial numbers beginning with W860. We’ve also determined that Apple changed the logic board to “Revision D” beginning with MacBooks starting with a W8612 serial number. The following is an approximate time line of MacBook Pro serial numbers:
– W8607 – Manufactured: Feb 12-18 – Received: Feb 20 – Initial shipments
– W8610 – Manufactured: March 05-11 – Revision C
– W8612 – Manufactured: March 19-25 – Revision D
– W8613 – Manufactured: March 26-April 01 – Revision D (Thanks Chris)
UPDATE: Here’s how to decode your MBP serial number: W8607 means that the unit was manufactured in facility W8 in the 7th week of 2006.
What is your MBP serial number? When did you purchase it? Help your fellow MacBook Pro owners with your info!

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10.4.6 and/or the Firmware Upgrade Killed my MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 11:48
Category: Software

software-update.jpgDO NOT install the Mac OS 10.4.6 update or the 1.0.0 Firmware update (For the MacBook Pro) on your machine until the dust settles a bit.
I got swept up in all the excitement yesterday about Apple’s release of Boot Camp, an official dual boot environment for Intel Macs. To use Boot Camp you must install Mac OS 10.4.6 and the latest Firmware update for your specific Mac (in my case MacBook Pro (early 2006) Firmware Update 1.0.)
I didn’t follow my own advice to wait a minimum of 72 hours before installing any Apple update and am now paying the price.
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The Apple Core: Apple vs. Me

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Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 10:00
Category: The Apple Core

Would you ever want to be on the business end of legal action from a company with US$9 billion in cash? What about being targeted for deletion by one of most powerful multi-national corporations in the world? What if a company with US$14 billion in revenue and 14,000 employees wanted a piece of your ass?
Welcome to my world.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Vista on a MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 10:00
Category: MacBook Pro

vista_macbook.jpgMarc Orchant has posted a picture on his ZDNet Office Evolution blog of a MacBook getting ready to install Windows Vista.

we decided to see if we could boot the latest Vista installer on a Bootcamp-equipped Macbook Pro. As you can see, it appears to start up with no issues. We did not actually install Vista due to the fact that the owner of this MacBook needs to do a full backup of his data before getting too adventurous. We’re hoping to do the full install tomorrow.

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The Apple Core: Apple Endorses Windows XP Booting with Boot Camp

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Date: Wednesday, April 5th, 2006, 13:20
Category: The Apple Core

boot-camp-beta.jpgApple has released a public beta of a product they’re calling Boot Camp that will let you dual boot an Intel-based Mac into Windows XP.
According to the public beta Web site “Boot Camp lets you install Windows XP without moving your Mac data, though you will need to bring your own copy (of Windows)… Boot Camp will burn a CD of all the required drivers for Windows so you don’t have to scrounge around the Internet looking for them.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro issues addressed with ‘Rev. D’ logic board

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Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2006, 10:01
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-half-open.jpgApple’s MacBook Pro is undoubtedly the fastest and most powerful notebook computer Apple has ever launched, but it’s not without its problems.
Apple has started addressing the issues by replacing affected machines with a new “Revision D” logic board. The revision of your logic board is only identifiable by the serial number. You can get the serial number from inside the battery bay or by clicking on “About This Mac” in the finder and clicking twice on the software version number.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Brett Jordan’s iPad

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Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Uncategorized

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As I lay on my couch on Saturday afternoon enjoying my iPod’s AOQAD smart playlist (Artists Of Quality And Distinction: all songs in my iTunes collection by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Lloyd Cole, Beatles, U2, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, Vigilantes of Love, Mike Scott, Jellyfish, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams) I wondered whether it would be worth investing in one of the devices that are now available that let me control the iPod remotely.
It occurred to me that this is all backwards. The iPod isn’t much bigger than most remote units, its hard drive is bigger than many laptop computers, and its battery life is substantial. Why doesn’t Apple install WiFi, Bluetooth, RF and infrared transponders in an iPod, so it can be used as a universal remote AND to wirelessly transmit the music/video stored on it to an Airport Express unit connected to existing AV equipment?

Read the rest of this entry on my blog.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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WSJ: Mac’s Moment?

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Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2006, 08:16
Category: Article

wsj.jpgAnother intreresting WSJ article is Nick Wingfield’s “Mac’s Moment?

Some companies like Aozora, though, are embracing the latest Macs, citing that they are much less susceptible to crashes, offer more functions that businesses need and are viewed as more secure in terms of viruses and spyware than PCs that run on Windows. What’s more, Apple is in the process of moving its entire line of Macs to microprocessors, or the brains of PCs, made by Intel Corp. Those chips are allowing Apple to create Macs that could appeal to more businesses — smaller, thinner machines that consume less power and perform functions faster. So with Mac OS X and the huge hardware transition under way, both Apple and analysts believe the company may have its best shot in years at expanding its tiny share of the business market.

Read the rest of “Mac’s Moment?” at WSJ.com (subscription req’d).

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WSJ: Secrets of the Tech-Savvy Traveler

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Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2006, 08:02
Category: Opinion

wsj.jpgThe Wall Street Journal’s Jim Carlton published an interesting article “Secrets of the Tech-Savvy Traveler” that contains some good tips on finding free WiFi while on the road:

Once you’re ready to hit the road, you should figure out where you can get online along the route. Some travelers recommend the Web site WiFiFreeSpot.com, part of the JiWire network, which lists free hot spots in airports and hotels around the world.
Of the 471 Wi-Fi-enabled airports in the U.S., for example, the site says roughly one-fourth of them feature free Wi-Fi in all or part of the terminals. Many are at smaller fields like Lubbock International Airport in Texas; these airports often cater to private jets, whose wealthy owners increasingly rely on Wi-Fi on the road.

It also mentions Another Web site, HotelChatter.com a site that maintains a list of the hotel chains that provide the best free Wi-Fi service.
Read the rest of the article “Secrets of the Tech-Savvy Traveler” at WSJ.com (subscription req’d).

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Apple Releases Mac OS 10.4.6 Update

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Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2006, 08:45
Category: Software

software-update.jpgWaiting in your Software Update function is the Mac OS 10.4.6 Update:

The 10.4.6 Update is recommended for all users and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes for the following applications and technologies:
– login and authentication in a variety of network environments
– file access and byte range locking with AFP file sharing
– network access when using proxy server automatic configuration files
– connecting to Cisco VPN servers using IP/Sec
– using Bluetooth wireless devices
– searching iWork ’06 and Microsoft Office documents with Spotlight
– saving Word documents automatically when using a network home directory
– creating Automator workflows for iPhoto 6
– synchronizing contacts and calendars to .Mac and mobile phones
– mounting and unmounting iDisk volumes
– compatibility with third party applications and devices
– previous standalone security updates
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n303411.
For detailed information on Security Updates, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798.

As always, the PowerPage recommends waiting at least 72 hours before installing any software updates on a production machine.

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