The Apple Core: All your MacBook questions answered

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 11:16
Category: The Apple Core

mcbook.jpgMacworld magazine has done a respectable job breaking down all of the questions you might have about Apple’s new consumer portable in their MacBook FAQ.
In it Jonathan Seff and Jason Snell detail almost every aspect of the new portable from the price to the color to the expensive black paint. Some of the best parts are about the new screen and keyboard. My personal favorite entry…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Startup key Combinations for Intel-based Macs

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 09:10
Category: Intel

 Although you probably know most of these already, it’s always good to review…

These are the startup key combinations you can use on Intel-based Macs:

Startup key combinations for Intel-based Macs

(Thanks Neal) 

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MacBook Checkerboard Keyboard

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 09:09
Category: MacBook

macbook-checkerboard-keyboard.jpgMitsunobu Tanaka, Ph.D, a.k.a KODAWARISAN has posted a picture of a special MacBook he calls “MacBook Ichimatsu.” He combined the keytops from the keyboards of black and white MacBooks and created a cool checkerboard effect. Reminds me of my Vans sneakers from the 80s (which I recently re-purchased, btw 🙂


Restoring a not-so-Mighty Mouse

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 09:00
Category: Peripheral

mightymouse-250.jpgAs one of my early blogs recorded, I enjoy using Apple’s Mighty Mouse. So far, the three in my possession have worked faultlessly, but it would seem that some people find the scroll-ball gets clogged with gunk.
Apple’s Web site has basic cleaning instructions, including a video tutorial. However one Mighty Mouse owner has taken more drastic measures, which he has published as a step-by-step photo guide.
Warning: this is not one for the faint-hearted, or the fumble-fingered!
Contributed by: Brett Jordan.


XtremeMac MicroFolio iPod Case

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

xtrememac-microfolio-1.jpgThere are functional iPod cases and there are cool looking high-design models, but usually you have to choose one or the other. The MicroFolio case from XtremeMac is the exception.
The MicroFolio (US$39.95) is a folio-style case that wraps your iPod in soft leather in either black, brown (pictured), dark brown or saddle with a unique textured interior. It’s basically an iPod wallet with a soft interior to protect your iPod.
The MicroFolio also features interior pockets for your ID, credit card and a few bucks. When you flip open the flap, you can easily operate the clickwheel through the protective membrane. The screen is also covered to protect it from scratching.
xtrememac-microfolio-2.jpgBest of all there’s no dorky belt clip or Batman-like holster to ugly up the MicroFolio. It looks like it could just as easily have a tag from Diesel attached to it and matches this year’s washed and worn leather style. The accented stitching adds a nice touch without being distracting.
If you’re looking for an iPod case that’s all about style, this is it. The MicroFolio fits both the 30 and 60GB iPod with video and is shipping now from XtremeMac.


Unraveling The Mac OS X Linux Kernel Myth: Part 1

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

mk.jpgOn the surface, the idea sounds great: replace bits of Mac OS X that date back to 1985 with today’s Linux: the buzzword compliant, speedy, standardized tech darling of the moment.
There are three problems however:
1. A kernel replacement would be extraordinarily difficult, time consuming, and a major investment of development resources for Apple. This is simply overlooked anytime the myth is retold, but it factors strongly against the idea.
2. Reasons for wanting do this are based on faulty information. I’ll show why.
3. Reasons for not moving to Linux are clear and substantial. I’ll give examples.
Read more at RoughlyDrafted
Contributed by: Daniel Eran