Q&A: Speck Products SeeThru MBP Hard Shell

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Accessory

speck-seethru-mbp-clr.jpgAfter I posted a note about the new See•Thru hard shell for the MacBook Pro on my ZDNet blog I received some questions about its thermal characteristics. Specifically you wanted to know how it affects the MacBook Pro’s overall thermal signature?
I posed the question directly to Speck products, who answered:

The SeeThru hard shell was engineered with a 74-slot ventilation system to facilitate the MacBook Pro’s internal cooling process. The shell is designed to allow for thermal exchange out of the heatsinks and fans of the computer. The hard shell should in no way affect the performance of the MacBook or MacBook Pro.

I have to concur that after using a See•Thru hard shell over the weekend my MacBook Pro (2GHz) temps weren’t any higher than the 160°F (highs) that I normally observe.
On a side note, I am getting extremely used to using smcFanControl to keep my MBP well under 160°F – usually 40-50°F less. Apple needs to add this type of user fan control to the OS by the time Mac OS 10.5 Leopard is released. Temperature figures as reported by CoreDuoTemp.

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Merlin S720 EVDO Rev A Card PowerBook Hack

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 21:56
Category: Accessory

ImageThis article will descibe how to get the Merlin S720 to work with your PowerBook on Sprint’s Mobile Broadband. The Merlin S720 is the first EVDO Rev A PCMCIA card available.

PowerBook Sprint Merlin S720 Directions – EVDOinfo.com

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Apple T-Shirts from the 80s

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2006, 09:44
Category: Accessory

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Want to make a fashion statement? Check out these Apple T-Shirts from the 80s. C’mon, you that you want one! My favorite was the black t-shirt with the word “Apple” on it where each letter was one of the colors from the Apple logo. (Thanks Digg)

What’s your favorite Apple T?

Scaryideas.com: Weird & Funny Adverts

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Wireless Mighty Mouse Porn

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Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2006, 00:01
Category: Accessory

wireless-mighty-mouse-dissected.jpgJapanese commercial site “ITmedia” has posted naked, er, disassembled pictures of Apple’s Wireless Mighty Mouse.
Thank you Mitsunobu (a.k.a. KODAWARISAN).

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Wireless Mighty Mouse Now on Sale

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 09:15
Category: Accessory

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Now you can get the world-famous Mighty Mouse without the tail. With its Bluetooth technology, the wireless Mighty Mouse gives you complete freedom of movement with no cable clutter. It features the popular Scroll Ball that lets you move anywhere inside a document, without lifting a finger. And its laser tracking technology allows it to work on more surfaces with greater precision.

Price: $69.00
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The new Wireless Mighty Mouse (MA272LL/A) features laser tracking as opposed to the optical tracking found in Wired Mighty Mouse (MA086LL/A). Also, the tech specs for the Wireless Mighty Mouse say “one or two batteries, you decide.” I guess you can run it on a single battery?

The Apple Store (U.S.) – Apple wireless Mighty Mouse

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Apple Prepping Bluetooth Mighty Mouse

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 08:20
Category: Accessory

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In the May 6th filing, Apple provided both interior and exterior photos of the device, which it referred to as both “M6″ and the “Apple Bluetooth Mouse” in accompanying documents.

Based on the photos, M6 is aesthetically equivalent to Apple’s current USB Mighty Mouse peripheral, sans the USB cable. It requires a Bluetooth enabled Mac, Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later and a USB mouse and keyboard (which are used for setup purposes), according to a draft of a user manual also made available through the FCC.

The mouse will also function as a multi-button scrolling mouse with versions of Mac OS X earlier than 10.4.6, the documents state, though other features will be disabled.

AppleInsider | Apple’s wireless Mighty Mouse revealed (photos)

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“Kamas” Stand for MacBook Pro/MacBook Shipping

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 07:00
Category: Accessory

The finest professional stand made for PowerBooks is now available for the MacBook Pro and MacBook. The completely re-designed Kamas stand from Power Support of Japan has an adjustable ledge that allows a CD/DVD disc to be inserted while on the stand and fits all models of Apple’s MacBook Pro (15″ and 17″) and MacBook. It also fits all sizes of PowerBook G4′s and iBook G4s and G3s.
New features:
- Front ledge adjustable so if you change ‘Book models, you no longer need a new stand.
- Front ledge has silicone insert.
- Special built-in heat sink and thermal pad
- Silver and black
Available online exclusively from MacImports for US$119.
Contributed by: Bill Fox

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Novatel XV620 EV-DO ExpressCard Coming – From Dell

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Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 20:15
Category: Accessory

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Yep, Dell has released their first ExpressCard to work on Verizon’s EV-DO broadband network. This card–labeled the 5700 Mobile Broadband ExpressCard–is simply a rebranded Novatel XV620. It will be available on Dell’s site later this week for around $180.

EV-DO ExpressCard Arrives … from Dell? – Gizmodo

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Mystery Insulating Laptop Sleeve

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Date: Monday, June 26th, 2006, 08:00
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mystery-insulating-laptop-c.jpgA while ago someone sent me this insulated notebook case. The cool thing about it is that it’s lined with sand-like substance that works great as an insulating blanket between a hot notebook (like the MacBook/Pro) and the lap. It’s heavy and kind of reminds me of the lead blanket that the dentist lays over you before taking x-rays.
I use it and a Podium Coolpad when using my MacBook Pro on my lap – despite Apple’s warnings to the contrary. The problem is that I don’t know who the manufacturer is. If you do, get in touch with me and I’ll update the story.

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iLap: Solution for a hot Problem

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2006, 10:48
Category: Accessory

ilap_back_s.jpgiLap from Rain Design, Inc. is a sure winner when it comes to combating the heat problem. iLap is made out of aluminum with sand-blasted and silver anodized finished. It is designed for PowerBooks and MacBooks.
iLap (US$50-70) ships in a well-packaged box that reminds me of a new MacBook. It is worth every penny when it comes to using it for those big projects that demand hours upon hours to finish. It is so well designed that the heat problem doesn’t faze you.
Testing it for the last two weeks was a breeze. It made life a lot easier. With a velvet cushion in front and a swivel base allows for the perfect elevation for your MacBook on your lap. To the point you can take your MacBook with you to bed (remember to shut it off before dozing off) or your favorite chair.
iLap comes with four plastic tabs to allow for even more protection from sliding. It really is the perfect solution to the heat and one that I would highly recommend to other MacBook/Pro and PowerBook owners.

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