MacBook Users Reporting Trouble with External Keyboards/Mice

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 10:06
Category: MacBook

According to a recent post on, some users have reported troubles using external keyboards and mice with their MacBooks after waking the laptops up from safe sleep. The issue is sometimes accompanied by reports of underpowered USB ports.
Some users have reported successful fixes in disabling the option “Allow Bluetooth Devices to Wake this computer” in Mac OS X’s Bluetooth pane of the System Preferences menu.
Others have found a more technical fix to disable Safe Sleep in general by entering the following command in the Terminal program:
sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0
Stay tuned for more on the story as it develops and if you have and ideas, fixes or workarounds, be sure to post them as comments.


MacBook Pro C2D 7200 vs 5400RPM Drives

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 10:34
Category: hard drive

Bare Feats has posted an addendum to their article on the MacBook Pro C2D where they discuss:
a) 2GB matching vs 3GB unmatching memory, and
b) 7200rpm drive vs 5400rpm drive
Comparing the Hitachi 160GB 5400rpm SATA notebook drive to the Hitachi 7200rpm SATA notebook drive on both SATA and FW800 interfaces, I would characterize the 7200rpm as overall 25% faster (combining sequential and random reads and writes).
My recommendation (and personal approach) is to go with the faster, small boot drive and just be careful what’s stored on it. And then augment the capacity with external FW800 bus powered notebook drives like my favorite, the Little Big Disk from LaCie (dual 7200rpm 100GB drives in box level RAID 0 array).


MagSafe Stress Relief

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 10:00
Category: MacBook Pro

For those of you worried about the weak spot/melting point of the MagSafe connector, here’s what I’ve been doing with all my laptop power supplies for the last few years. I cut a short piece of 1/8″ spiral cable wrap available at Walmart or Radio Shack, usually in a package of multiple diameters for a couple bucks, wrap it around the weak point and cinch it down hard with a small zip tie and a pair of pliers. Cheap trick, but until they add some real stress relief at that joint, it cheaper than buying a new power supply.
Contributed by: Kent Sievers


Holiday Shopping: Speck Products 20 Percent off

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 09:32
Category: Accessory

Speck Products is offering 20 percent off in their Friends and Family Holiday Special. Speck makes a number of great cases and accessories for the iPod, MacBook Pro and mobile phones. Just enter this promo code at checkout: SpeckFF06.
Do you have a holiday discount to share? Get in touch.


Holiday Shopping: eBags 20 Percent off

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 09:57
Category: Luggage

eBags is an online retailer of (duh!) Bags and they carry bags from Timbuk2, Burton, Chrome, Puma, Oakley and Roxy and dozens of others. eBags is offering a 20% discount if you enter promotional code EMGR8GIFTS.
(Thanks Arthur)


The Apple Core: Vote: TIME’s Gadget of the year

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 09:39
Category: The Apple Core

Among eight selected products, TIME magazine nominated the Nike + iPod Sport Kit and MacBook Pro as the 2006 Gadget of the Year. Vote for your favorite gadget now.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.