The Apple Core: The MacBook chasm expands

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2006, 10:50
Category: The Apple Core

Apple’s announcement of the new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro did more than raise the performance bar for their portables. The addition of the new, faster Intel chip in only the Pro model serves as a key differentiating factor between the consumer MacBook and the professional MacBook Pro.
Prior to the announcement of the Core 2 Duo, the MacBook easily had the best price/performance ratio of any Mac in history. For US$1100 you get a screaming Intel-based Mac portable. The only advantage in the twice-as-expensive MacBook Pro were a larger screen (15.4 v. 13.3), a dedicated video card (which drives 30-inch displays), ExpressCard/34 slot and the Aluminum skin.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


MacBooks Becoming CrackBooks?

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2006, 09:36
Category: Uncategorized

The last time Apple had some serious machine cracking going on was way back in the Cube days (unless you want to talk about those minor incidents early on with the nanos) but here’s a disturbing new one: MacBooks with exteriors starting to crack and distort the chassis under normal usage conditions.



Fan Control 1.1 is a Must-Have for MBP Owners

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Software

Fan Control 1.1 is an appication for controlling the fans in the MacBook Pro. It is is a prefpane than goes into your System Preferences and requires a restart after installation whereas smcFanControl is a standalone application.

Instead of setting the fans speed (like smcFanControl does) Fan Control 1.1 allows you to set an upper and lower temperature threshold for your MacBook Pro. The software then dynamically adjusts the fans speeds to keep your MBP at the temperature that you want it. Plus it displays a nice GUI with a graph to show you what is happening.

I set my base fan speed to be 3500 RPM (the max) and the upper and lower thresholds to be 104 and 158 degrees (the minimums) and my MBP (2.0GHz, week 7) barely breaks the 100 degree mark (according to CoreDuoTemp). My previous temps were consistently 135-165 degrees.

A little fan noise is small price to pay for a much cooler running MacBook Pro.

This software is required for all MacBook Pro owners and should be acquired by Apple and bundled into the Energy Saver System Preference. Period. End of story.

Lobotomo Software: Fan Control 1.1


PowerPage Podcast Episode 24

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 24 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (1:00:46, 28.21MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, and Chuck Freedman.
Topics include: Apple’s new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro: 200GB HDD, 3GB max RAM, reduction in VRAM in the low-end configuration, expanding the MacBook divide, buyer’s remorse and tips.
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