160GB MacBook Drives get Perpendicular (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 20:55
Category: Hardware

mb-sata-hdd.jpgMCE is now selling 160GB (5400RPM) SATA hard drives for the MacBook, MBP and Mac mini for US$299. Previously the largest shipping notebook SATA drive was 120GB. In January MCE announced 160GB hard drives for PowerBooks but those drives are Ultra ATA/100 and won’t work in Apple’s newest iron. So if your MacBook’s hard drive is already full, image that bad boy and upgrade to the new 160GB drives. I recommend picking up a pair so that you can have a hot spare at home.
UPDATE: Suprisingly its not Seagate Momentus 5400.3 mechanism (although they’ve had a 160GB PATA version out for some time now.) The drive that MCE is selling is a Hitachi Travelstar 5K160 mechanism – they’re first perpendicular recording (PMR) hard drive.
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Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 11:10
Category: Software

Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance is a free, non-commercial, reference designed for ordinary Macintosh users (not power users) to tell you how to do effective routine maintenance on your Macintosh running OS X. It not only tells you what to do, it tells you which utilities to use (with an emphasis on easy to use and free utilities) and where to get them.
Contributed by: Randy B. Singer Co-Author of: The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th and 6th editions)

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Notebook HDD Progress Disappointing

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 10:00
Category: hard drive

Last year I upgraded my PowerBook G4 hard drive from the stock 40GB drive to an 80GB drive. At the time 100GB drives were available, but their cost in comparison to the 80GB models was steep just for an extra 20GB. I figured that I’d have plenty of room with an 80GB drive.
Now, it is one year later and this past week I found myself getting the dreaded “Your hard disk is almost full” message. Now the process has begun where I have to start weeding out the MB heavy junk that I never use, but like to have around just in case. First to go was about 6GB (!) of audio files that I recorded with my RadioShark. Now I find myself having to go through iPhoto and trash all of those not-so-hot shots. That is a real pain.
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iPod nano: Full Metal Jacket

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 09:52
Category: iPod

This reminds me of the metal iPod shuffle case (US$25) from Speck Products.

In an effort to reduce the player’s susceptibility to scratches, Apple has been experimenting with aluminum anodized enclosures similar to those used in the company’s iPod mini digital music players, sources familiar with the company’s music plans have said.In what Apple chief executive Steve Jobs called a major gamble, the company last September did away with its aluminum enclosed iPod mini, replacing the player with the ulta-thin polycarbonate-coated iPod nano.

AppleInsider | Apple’s new iPod nano may sport metal jacket

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Imaging MacBooks: Understanding MBR, APM, & GPT

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

The following information applies to all of Apple’s Intel based Macs, and is important in understanding the issues involved with using BootCamp, or in moving drives between PCs and Intel Macs. It also helps to explain why Apple beat all the other PC makers in widely releasing EFI based computers.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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The Apple Core: iWork ’07 wishlist

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Software

It looks like Apple is preparing to make a big splash at Macworld Expo in January with iWork ’07. Apple is believed to preparing Charts 1.0, a spreadsheet application that will round out their iWork ’07 suite. I prefer the name that Apple trademarked in June 2005 (“Numbers”), so that’s still an option. The new spreadsheet program will be make iWork ’07 an honest-to-goodness challenger to Microsoft MBU’s Office for Mac.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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FileMaker Goes Universal Binary

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 00:31
Category: Software

Filemaker Inc. released FileMaker Pro 8.5, FileMaker Pro 8.5 Advanced, FileMaker Server 8.0v4 and FileMaker Server 8.0v4 Advanced as Universal Binaries. According to the company FileMaker Server is 116% faster on Intel Macs as compared to PowerPC Macs while the desktop client is 91% faster. Good news for filemaker users out there.

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MacBook Pro Right Speaker Distortion

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Date: Monday, July 10th, 2006, 10:05
Category: MacBook Pro

I was recently reading around on the Apple Discussion Boards and stumbled upon this thread.

The right speaker on my Macbook 2.0 sounds distorted. I
went to the nearest Apple Store to do an exchange bringing my iPod
along to compare the sound quality with the other Macbooks there. They
all had the same right speaker distortion. To take it further, I tried
an old Powerbook. No problems at all. Clean sound from both speakers. I
just cant see all of those Macbooks having defective right speakers.
Assembly or Software problem? What do you guys think?

I have this very same problem with my MacBook Pro and I have been through a similar experience at an Apple Store.

Distorted, Defective Apple MacBook Pro Speakers

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Close Call for Millions of Vets

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Date: Monday, July 10th, 2006, 09:48
Category: News

Good news for 20 million plus veterans. The FBI recovered the stolen VA laptop that contained their personal information. Better yet, they’re fairly confident that no one accessed the data. Of course, they can’t guarantee with 100 percent certainty that the data wasn’t sifted through, but chances are good that the thief wasn’t a criminal mastermind.

Phew, That Was Close

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The Apple Core: Social software site

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Date: Monday, July 10th, 2006, 09:39
Category: The Apple Core

We Macheads tend to be obsessive upgraders, we keep tabs on our favorite software and tend to keep it fanatically up-to-date. Sites like MacUpdate.com (my personal fave) and VersionTracker.com prove indispensable at tracking our favorite application versions and user comments about them. There’s a new kid on the block that combines software updates with social networking and the ability to discover new applications.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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