To Upgrade or not, That is the Question

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Date: Friday, May 19th, 2006, 11:00
Category: Uncategorized

daystar_machspeed.gifRecently I had the opportunity to upgrade my PowerBook G4 1.5GHz to a 2.0GHz Freescale 7447A CPU. Daystar Technology based in Georgia offers a MAChSpeed upgrade service to PowerBook owners like me who are wanting that extra power to run Logic Pro and other CPU intensive applications like Final Cut Pro. I took the plunge in the name of technology and sent my PowerBook in a custom box provided free by Daystar to its customers.
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Unraveling the Mac OS X Microkernel Myth

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Date: Friday, May 19th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

mk.jpgAccording to proponents of this myth, Mac OS X is in grave danger because it has a microkernel and Linux doesn’t. They’re wrong; here’s why.
The Myth Weavers
This myth is of the wishful thinking type, making it more of an irritating distraction from reality than devious misinformation, but it’s also used in fanboyism that borders on FUD.
Some Linux advocates insist that nothing compares to the pure genius of Linux, so everything should just adopt Linux. Some Mac OS X users worry that there’s something evil lurking in their system that makes that dreaded beach ball spin; perhaps it’s a microkernel, and perhaps replacing it with Linux (which doesn’t even have a beach ball!) is the answer?
What is a Kernel?
The Unix Kernel is the master control program which governs all other programs, schedules access to hardware, and manages the file system and security model. The name kernel differentiates the core system (which runs as the root process with special privileges) from everything else on the system (which runs under restricted user accounts). Everything outside of the kernel space is called the userland.
In the natural development of Unix, the kernel began to grow rapidly. For example, Berkeley’s famous contribution to Unix was a fully functional TCP/IP networking stack. A rapid influx of other new functionality in the core kernel space has resulted in modern versions of Unix (and Linux, which is essentially a clean room rewrite of Unix) having 2-3 million lines of code in their kernel alone.
Read more at RoughlyDrafted.
Contributed by: Daniel Eran


More on the MacBook (Pictures)

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Date: Friday, May 19th, 2006, 08:52
Category: MacBook

After yesterday’s piece on the MacBook’s HDD access door I have a little more feedback on the MacBook.
The glossy screen is nice, but more difficult to read from the side. I prefer the satin screen of the MacBook Pro. The shell of the machine is a very similar texture to the older Pismo models, but a more deeper black color.
The MacBook now opens and closes without a button latch and no longer has a metal hook to keep it closed, it’s all magnetic. There’s an indentation in the front where you put your finger allowing you to pry the screen up.
The sleep light is in the front right corner and is nearly invisible when not on.
The weird thing is the new style keyboard: rather than a one-piece keyboard which attaches to the top of the laptop, the MacBook now has a top case that completely covers the top of the laptop and the keys.
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MacBook HDD Acess Door (Pictures)

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Date: Thursday, May 18th, 2006, 11:07
Category: MacBook

I got the opportunity today to pick up three new Black MacBooks. Here’s some photos, specifically of the bottom battery access panel where the RAM and HD access are located.
The metal “L” shaped cover has TINY safety screws that don’t come loose so they can’t be lost. The hardest part is getting a very small screwsdriver at the correct angle to open the access panel.
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Contributed by: Chuck Freedman


The Apple Core: SMC Firmware Update breaks MBP temperature apps

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Date: Thursday, May 18th, 2006, 11:54
Category: The Apple Core

If you’re using a utility like Jonathan Pepin’s CoreDuoTemp v0.6 or Dr. Marcel Bresink’s Hardware Monitor 3.6 to keep tabs on the CPU temperature you’ll be disappointed to find out that Apple’s recently released SMC Firmware Update breaks these applications on the MacBook Pro.
The good news is that it may fix MBP overheating…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


MacBook, Disassembled

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Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2006, 09:03
Category: MacBook

macbook-disassembled.jpgMitsunobu Tanaka, Ph.D, a.k.a. Kodawarisan, has disassembled the new MacBook.


PowerPage Podcast Episode 15 Available for Download

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Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoPowerPage Podcast Episode 15 is now available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
Episode 15 (31:42, 13 MB, AAC) of the PowerPage Podcast is all about the spankin’ new MacBook. Rob Parker and I break down Apple’s new consumer notebook.
You can subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (AAC) or you can add the PowerPage Podcast RSS feed in a newsreader of your choice. Remember to vote for us on Podcast Alley.
You can also download the file directly (31:42, 13 MB, AAC).
A special thank you to The Tragically Hip for letting us use their music in the PowerPage podcast. Check out their first DVD/CD Box Set Hipeponymous.


The Apple Core: MacBook PROS: new features over the MBP

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Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2006, 08:37
Category: MacBook

macbook-black-keyboard.jpgYesterday Apple announced the long-awaited iBook successor, the MacBook and there are a couple of things worth noting between it and the MacBook Pro.
Video: The MacBook uses Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 with 64MB of shared video memory versus the MacBook Pro’s dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 (running on the PCI Express bus.) The MacBook isn’t going to be a screaming game machine, nor will it be chosen by high-end graphic or video professionals. These users will chose the MacBook Pro just for the video processor.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


The MacBook has a User-Replaceable HDD

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Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2006, 08:54
Category: MacBook

AppleInsider is reporting that the new MacBook has a secret door under the battery bay for quick access to the machine’s hard drive making upgrading super easy. AI also has the skinny on the MacBook’s permanent feet – no podiatry issues here:

Where the MacBook really struts its stuff is under the hood. There, innovation takes center stage — primarily in the front-most portion of the computer, beneath the wrist-rests.

Flipping a MacBook upside down and removing its rectangular lithium-polymer battery reveals two RAM slots, placed side-by-side on one wall of the battery cavity…

Below the two RAM slots (at the base of the battery cavity) is where you’ll find the MacBook’s hard disk drive. Without disassembling the notebook, users will be able to quickly removing some protective aluminum shielding and lift the drive out of the computer.

AppleInsider | Apple’s MacBook sports user-replaceable hard disks

AI also has some pretty sweet close-up photos of the MacBook too, although none of the inside of the battery bay.

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Glossy Screen Also Available on MacBookPro

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 15:05
Category: MacBook Pro

The new MacBook’s “glossy screen” is now also a no charge Configure To Order (CTO) option on the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Would you prefer the normal (matte) or the glossy display?