The Apple Core: Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro runs 40 degrees (F) cooler

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2006, 03:00
Category: The Apple Core

I received my brand new MacBook Pro 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to learn that it runs much cooler than my previous MacBook Pro.
My Core Duo MacBook Pro 2.0GHz (2GB RAM and 160GB hard drive) would frequently reach temperatures of 162° Fahrenheit after running for more than an hour. It would become so hot that it required me to run Fan Control 1.1 if I needed to use my machine anywhere near my lap.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


15.4-inch MacBook due in May 2007

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2006, 00:00
Category: MacBook

Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) will produce a 15.4-inch MacBook model for Apple for the first time, with shipments to commence in May 2007, according to sources at notebook makers. Because of the new order, Asustek will no longer be the sole supplier for Apple’s MacBook, the sources said. Both Foxconn and Asustek declined to comment on the news.

DigiTimes :: Foxconn to ship 15.4-inch MacBook to Apple in May 2007


MainMenu Makes Mac Maintenance Manageable

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2006, 00:00
Category: Software

SantaSoftware has released MainMenu. The blurb on the homepage reads:
Don’t have time to run all the various tools and scripts to keep your Mac running smoothly? MainMenu makes these tasks quick and easy, right from your menu bar.
Rebuilding your Spotlight library for faster searching, repairing permissions, cleaning caches to improve application performance, and even more advanced settings — such as enabling and disabling the Dashboard — are no more than two clicks away.
MainMenu is full of powerful maintenance tools to keep your Mac running like new, within a slick, simple interface.
It doesn’t do anything that can’t already be achieved using freeware utilities, but it does bring a lot of useful functions under one easy-to-find/easy-to-navigate menu. I’ve been using it for a while now, and it does all the above functions, along with a number of others that I usually have to use a separate utility for, including ‘force empty trash’.
And it is free. Thank you Santa Software for my early Christmas present.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan


iTunes 7.0.2 Addresses Stability and Performance Issues

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2006, 00:28
Category: iTunes


iTunes 7.0.2 adds support for the Second Generation iPod shuffle and addresses a variety of stability and performance issues found in iTunes 7 and 7.0.1.

Apple – Support – Downloads – iTunes 7.0.2


12 USB devices you might not want

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2006, 00:01
Category: Gadget

usb-fundue.jpgPC Magazine has collected 12 of the weirdest USB-powered devices, and displayed them on a page titled ’10 Weirdest USB Devices’.
Amongst the gems are memory sticks made of real sticks, the fondue (sorry, FUNdue) set pictured, a disco ball and a hamster wheel.
It seems to me that the hamster wheel was a wasted opportunity. Wouldn’t it have been better to install a mini-generator in the wheel’s hub, and let the hamster earn its sunflower seeds charging my PowerBook’s battery supply?
Read more…