Keeping Your Black MacBook Pristine

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2007, 16:30
Category: How-To

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From the PowerPage Department of Hopefully Useful Tips comes a guide to keeping your black MacBook clean from the guys over at macapper.com.
The black MacBook, despite being excessively cool and one of the best looking pieces of hardware Apple‘s released in recent years, the matte finish still tends to attract smudges and finger prints while the keys tend to build up oils from the skin.
Author Josh R. Holloway suggests using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, soft micro-fiber cloth, a can of compressed air, a little water and some patience.
Let us know what you think and if you’ve discovered a good way to keep either your black or white MacBook looking new, let us know.

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Guide to Installing Vista Under Boot Camp Published

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2007, 15:31
Category: How-To

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While it may not be the first on your list of things to do, a day might come in the near future when you’ll have to put Microsoft‘s recently-released Windows Vista operating system on a partition of your Intel-based Mac (hell, why knock a feature that puts the Mac back in the office, makes it that much more versatile and helps Apple’s stock price?), despite any apprehension you might have about it.
The guys over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog have linked to a step-by-step guide on a Geocities page (written by someone identified only as “Nja247) as to how to install Windows Vista onto Boot Camp. The guide takes the reader through nearly every essential step in the process, including how to extract Vista’s critical drivers off its installation CD given that Apple’s current version of Boot Camp uses an auto-installer that fails to perform cleanly under Vista.
Despite the author’s wish to remain anonymous, this remains a good read and is worth a look.
If you have any war stories about getting Vista to run under Boot Camp, let us know.

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How to Turn an iPod Mini Into a Flash-Based iPod

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Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2007, 08:32
Category: How-To

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Not for the faint of heart, Mark Hoekstra of geektechnique.org has published a full step by step guide as to how to replace the hard drive within your iPod Mini with a solid state Compact Flash card.
The reasons for this are relatively clear: the iPod Mini, despite being a sturdy device, was discontinued a while ago with the units coming of age. If and when they do fail, the two major issues are the battery and internal microdrive having gone south.
Though the batteries can be replaced for about US$30, the microdrive is another story. With Flash-based memory prices falling, a Compact Flash card makes sense. New capacities range as high as 137 gigabyes on these cards and Hoekstra sees no reason why this shouldn’t work.
Once again, for the brave of heart and those whose iPod Mini warranties expired a while ago, it’s a good read and could be a fun project.
If you’ve tried this or anything similar, let us know how it turned out.

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VLC HDTV Streaming Guide Published

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Date: Wednesday, February 21st, 2007, 09:25
Category: How-To

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The guys over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog have pointed out a cool tutorial by Erica Sadun over on MacDevCenter.com.
The tutorial is a full guide demonstrating how two Macs, one equipped with an EyeTV-compatible tuner and driver software and both equipped with the open source VLC media player, can set up an active video server to record HDTV content from one Mac and stream it to other Macs and PCs throughout the house.
Once complete, users can configure VLC to act as a web-based remote control, flipping channels on other computers throughout the home or network while the server pushes the content through.
The guide is a few pages, complete with full tutorials and visual guides. Older Macs can be used as a server, Saldun referencing as to how even a 733 MHz Power Mac G4 was capable of performing the task.
Read it over and see what you think. And if you’ve built or been involved with any similar projects, let us know.

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How to Upgrade a Core Duo-based MacBook to 802.11n

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Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, 07:12
Category: How-To
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An article over at Hardmac.com provides a step by step guide as to how to upgrade a MacBook and MacBook Pro Core Duo laptop beyond its built-in 802.11g standard to the current 802.11n standard.
The first obstacle to overcome is how to install an 802.11n card in these laptops. The MacBook Core 2 Duo’s 802.11n-compatible card features three antennas as opposed to the two found in Apple’s previous laptop models. The authors discovered that the MacBook Pro’s 802.11n-compatible AirPort card had only two antennas but also the same PCI Express 1x size and connections.
The article then moves into a full step by step guide as to how to disassemble the MacBook, what tools are needed and how to proceed gently given that you’re working with a plastic casing. Upon completion, the author installed the new AirPort driver from the CD that came with Apple’s 802.11n-compatible AirPort Extreme Base Station and ran speed tests.
Click the jump for the full story…

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Free iPod Battery Replacement Tutorials Available Online

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 07:58
Category: How-To

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Lifehacker has pointed out ipodhowtovideo.com, a series of QuickTime-based tutorials brought to you by the owner of ifixipodsfast.com.
The site provides video walkthroughs as to how to open multiple generations of iPods, swapping out components such as batteries, hard drives and the LCD screens. The videos are reassuringly shot with the owner realizing most people are a bit timid about opening up their iPod, but showing the best tools for the job as well as how to gently approach the process without leaving a scratch behind.
If you’ve had any experiences opening up an iPod and replacing is components, let us know.

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Put Your Mac to Sleep with an E-Mail

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Date: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007, 17:46
Category: How-To

A cool trick posted on Murphy Mac describes how to configure Automator to have your Mac watch for e-mails containing certain criteria such as a specific subject or sender and configure actions such as going to sleep.
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This is accomplished by creating a simple Automator program with two actions in its workflow, a one-line AppleScript file and a rule in the Mail program. A small sleeper action for Automator will need to be downloaded and installed from Apple’s web site for the action to occur.
Configuring the action to occur takes just a few minutes with step by step instructions displayed here.
If you’ve seen any other cool tricks, let us know.

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Troubleshooting Guide for Photoshop CS3 Beta Published

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2006, 08:46
Category: How-To

The folks over at MacFixIt have assembled a full guide, complete with workarounds and fixes, for the recently-released Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta.
The guide covers error messages, a cropping tool/rotation bug, a brush size indicator bug workaround, images opening in the wrong application, installation bugs, how to restore auto-correction, interaction with Lightroom and CS2, PowerPC plug-ins not functioning on Intel-based Macs unless Rosetta emulation has been launched and serial number workarounds for when a valid serial number is entered and rejected and what to do when the beta expires.
Adobe Photoshop CS3 is expected in 2007 and is the first version of Photoshop to be a full Universal Binary, functioning natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
The Photoshop CS3 beta requires a Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, a 1 GHz G4 or G5 PowerPC processor of an Intel-based Macintosh. 512 megabytes of RAM and a minimum screen resolution of 1024×769 are also required.
If you have have any comments or feedback on this, let us know.

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HOW-TO Replace Your PowerBook Titanium Hinges

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Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2005, 10:39
Category: How-To

Powerbook-fr has just changed its design. The brand new site has added some new articles (with numerous pictures) explaining how to replace hinges of a PowerBook G4 Titanium and how to disassemble the PowerBook 12″ Aluminum. Click through for the links…

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Make Your Own iPod nano Sleeve

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Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2005, 10:17
Category: How-To, iPod

Here’s a link to a story we just posted on how to make your own iPod nano sleeve…
http://www.macvroom.com/node/67

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