MBP: Airport Causing Kernel Panics

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Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006, 09:25
Category: MacBook Pro

I just want to know if you heard about the repeat kernel panics problem when using the Airport connexion on some MacBook Pro? By looking at this thread on Apple support site, it seems this isn’t an isolate case. A lot of people have the same issue but no word from Apple… All the details are here.
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My New MacBook Pro Battery

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Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006, 08:11
Category: MacBook Pro

macbook-pro-battery-250.jpgI reported last week that my MacBook Pro battery was suffering from the 33 percent battery bug. That’s where the MacBook Pro completely shuts down (without warning) when the battery gets down to less than 33 percent capacity.
I received my replacement battery from Apple last night and it’s from a completely new serial number range.
My bad battery SN began with: 6N606
My replacement SN begins with: KF619
I’m curious to hear what other people’s battery serial numbers are (post them in the comments) and if newly shipping MBP batteries are also from the “KF” serial number range.
If you’re a new MacBook or MBP owner (or if you’ve received a new battery) keep in mind that there’s a special procedure to calibrate new notebook batteries.
1. Fully charge the new battery until the LED on the power adapter plug changes to green and the battery meter in the menu bar reads 100 percent.
2. Allow the battery to “rest” in the fully charged state for at least two hours. You can use computer during this period as long as the adapter is plugged in.
3. Disconnect the power adapter and run the battery all the way down (while using it.) Save and close everything before the final warning.
4. Turn off the computer or allow it to sleep for five hours or more.
5. Connect the power adapter and leave it connected until the battery is fully charged again.
If you’re looking for a good way to monitor your MacBook or MBP battery, check out coconutBattery v2.2 a freeware utility that displays the current and maximum charge of your battery, current and original battery capacity and the number of battery loadcycles (how often you charged the battery).


Flip4Mac WMV v2.1 Goes Universal

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Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006, 08:28
Category: Software

flip4mac.pngFlip4Mac WMV v2.1 allows you to play Windows Media content in Apple’s QuickTime player so that you can finally uninstall Windows Media Player forever. The new v2.1 version is now Universal Binary.

Flip4Mac WMV is a collection of QuickTime components that allow you to play, import and export Windows Media files. Flip4Mac WMV can be used with most of your favorite QuickTime applications including QuickTime Player, iMovie and Final Cut Pro.
The Flip4Mac WMV components are compatible with Mac Intel and PowerPC OS X versions 10.3.9 and 10.4 and QuickTime versions 6.5 and 7.1 (recommended).

Although it’s a closed beta, there are some download links posted in the comments on Digg.com.


Buy a MacBook, get a Free iPod nano

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Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006, 08:59
Category: retail

back-to-school.pngApple has launched a new back-to-school promotion: purchasers of a new Mac (MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Power Mac G5) before 16 September 2006 will receive a free iPod nano by mail-in rebate:

Mac – it’s the perfect college companion. It runs Microsoft Office, so you can get your work done. It lets you video chat, build a blog, create a podcast, and more – right out of the box. And it has great security features to keep all your stuff safe and out of harm’s way.
When you buy a Mac and iPod Nano by September 16, 2006, your iPod nano is free after mail-in rebate. Or choose another iPod and enjoy big savings after mail-in rebate. Plus, use your education discount on other products to save even more.


The Apple Core: Apple comes clean on MacBook vent cover up

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Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

macbook-film.jpgTwo weeks ago I reported on an issue where some MacBooks were coming from the factory with a piece of clear plastic film covering the rear exit vent – which made the machine run (understandably) hot.
Some would peg this “problem” squarely on the end user for not noticing it in the first place, but regardless of who you blame Apple has come clean about the plastic “cover up” with a spankin’ new Knowledge Base article.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


PowerPage Podcast Episode 16 Available for Download

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2006, 10:21
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoPowerPage Podcast Episode 16 is now available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
On Episode 16 (37:16, 17.6 MB, AAC) of the PowerPage Podcast my guests YoungMoo Kim and Chuck Freeman discuss:
– The Appelate Court’s ruling in the Apple vs. Does case
– MacBooks (Black tax, RAM, glossy screens
– MagSafe annoyances
– Apple Store 5th Avenue
– iPod + Nike announcement
– QT 7.1.1 update
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 (37:16, 17.6 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.


Fabrix’s Killer MacBook, MBP Sleeves

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2006, 09:51
Category: Cases, Luggage, MacBook Pro

Fabrix-MacBook-Sleeve.pngThese are some badass looking sleeves for the MacBook and MacBook Pro. If you’re looking for something other than boring black – check them out! Click through for the link.

Fabrix today launched its new collection of laptop cases built specially for Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro (MBP). Each laptop case is cushioned with internal quilted padding that provides the laptop with protection against scratches and light bumps.

MacNN | Fabrix launches MacBook, MBP cases

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iBook Battery Catches Fire

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2006, 09:35
Category: iBook

iBookFire.jpgSince notebook battery issues are near and dear to my heart I was intrigued by this story about an iBook catching fire. While it’s clearly an isolated incident, TUAW wins the award for finding the most sensational picture of the iBook actually burning. Yes, even more sensational than the picture of the roasted MagSafe adapter. You know that Apple PR is having nightmares about this one…

We hear about the occasional battery recall, and there are always the complaints that computers are getting too hot, but things went to a whole new level for a family in Minnesota. As WCCO in the Twin Cities reports, an 11 year-old boy set a running iBook down on the carpet and left the room. His mother states that they heard a popping noise, saw that the iBook had started melting the carpet and the room was filling with smoke. They quickly carried the iBook outside and remembered to bring their camera along for the show as the iBook, you can see, literally caught fire (WCCO has a video and more images).

iBook battery catches fire – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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Kitten vs Frontrow

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2006, 09:08
Category: MacBook Pro

A YouTube “knutmo” has posted a video of his kitten playing with his MacBook Pro while he works the remote control for Front Row. It’s pretty funny. I just hope that the cat has SoftPaws on.
My cats really liked the Marine Aquarium screen saver from Serene Screen, which I eventually had to turn it off…


The Apple Core: Sticky space bar

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

As you can probably guess I use my MacBook all the time. It’s my primary machine and blogging for ZDNet, editing the PowerPage, email and IM keep me pretty busy. A couple of weeks back my MBP keyboard started acting a little wonky.
I use the MacBook’s built-in keyboard about 75 percent of the time (the other 25 percent of the time I use an Apple Bluetooth keyboard) and about three weeks ago the space bar started sticking. It wouldn’t stick entirely, but instead would come up very slowly after being pressed. While not a problem initially, it started coming up slower and slower and often wouldn’t return to the “unpressed” position by the time I needed to use it again resulting in a lot of sentences withoutspacesinthem.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.