My New MacBook Pro Battery

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Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006, 08:11
Category: MacBook Pro

macbook-pro-battery-250.jpgI reported last week that my MacBook Pro battery was suffering from the 33 percent battery bug. That’s where the MacBook Pro completely shuts down (without warning) when the battery gets down to less than 33 percent capacity.
I received my replacement battery from Apple last night and it’s from a completely new serial number range.
My bad battery SN began with: 6N606
My replacement SN begins with: KF619
I’m curious to hear what other people’s battery serial numbers are (post them in the comments) and if newly shipping MBP batteries are also from the “KF” serial number range.
If you’re a new MacBook or MBP owner (or if you’ve received a new battery) keep in mind that there’s a special procedure to calibrate new notebook batteries.
1. Fully charge the new battery until the LED on the power adapter plug changes to green and the battery meter in the menu bar reads 100 percent.
2. Allow the battery to “rest” in the fully charged state for at least two hours. You can use computer during this period as long as the adapter is plugged in.
3. Disconnect the power adapter and run the battery all the way down (while using it.) Save and close everything before the final warning.
4. Turn off the computer or allow it to sleep for five hours or more.
5. Connect the power adapter and leave it connected until the battery is fully charged again.
If you’re looking for a good way to monitor your MacBook or MBP battery, check out coconutBattery v2.2 a freeware utility that displays the current and maximum charge of your battery, current and original battery capacity and the number of battery loadcycles (how often you charged the battery).


Fabrix’s Killer MacBook, MBP Sleeves

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2006, 09:51
Category: Cases, Luggage, MacBook Pro

Fabrix-MacBook-Sleeve.pngThese are some badass looking sleeves for the MacBook and MacBook Pro. If you’re looking for something other than boring black – check them out! Click through for the link.

Fabrix today launched its new collection of laptop cases built specially for Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro (MBP). Each laptop case is cushioned with internal quilted padding that provides the laptop with protection against scratches and light bumps.

MacNN | Fabrix launches MacBook, MBP cases

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Kitten vs Frontrow

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2006, 09:08
Category: MacBook Pro

A YouTube “knutmo” has posted a video of his kitten playing with his MacBook Pro while he works the remote control for Front Row. It’s pretty funny. I just hope that the cat has SoftPaws on.
My cats really liked the Marine Aquarium screen saver from Serene Screen, which I eventually had to turn it off…


Enable two-finger right-click on 15″ MacBook Pros

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Date: Friday, June 2nd, 2006, 00:07
Category: MacBook Pro

Rejoice, fellow 15" MacBook Pro owners, for the enterprising hackers over in the OSx86 Project forum have put together an installer package that enables the fancy two-finger right-click for 15" MacBook Pros. This is a standard feature of the MacBook and 17" MacBook Pro, but the early-adopting 15" MacBook Pro owners were left out in the cold with this most essential and highly-requested of features.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
UPDATE: TUAW link updated, click through for the software.


SmackBook Pro

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Date: Friday, May 26th, 2006, 00:06
Category: MacBook Pro

This you’ve just got to see:

I usually keep two 20" screens side by side on my desk, so I can code on one and test on the other. I find I can work much faster if I can just make a change in Eclipse, and by the time I turn my head to the other screen, the tests have already run. My new laptop, however, has a 15" screen, which feels a bit cramped when I’m working away from the office. I’ve been using the fancy Desktop Manager by Richard Wareham, which is a very nice utility to let you keep several virtual desktops, and change between them easily.

Of course, if you’re using something like Emacs or Butler, all your keys will be taken already, so you’ll need to use some sort of Command-Ctrl-Shift-4 keystroke for the actual desktop switching.

Turns out, the laptop has a built-in motion sensor. Nominally, it’s there to protect the internal hard drive. The basic idea is this: If the accelerometer suddenly notices that the gravitational pull of earth is no longer present, the most likely explanation is that the laptop, sensor and all, is currently accelerating at 9.81 m/s² towards said earth. In that case, it will (wisely) try to turn the hard drive off in preparation for impact.

Medallia Blog: SmackBook Pro Archives

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Counter Point: Thermal Grease Fix Overrated

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Date: Thursday, May 25th, 2006, 00:46
Category: MacBook Pro

arcticsilver.jpgAn article on ARS Technica disputes the claim that MacBook Pros run cooler by reducing the amount of thermal grease that Apple applies to the chips in the machine:

James Duncan Davidson of O’Reilly’s MacDevCenter recently explored the issue, disassembling his own MacBook Pro, removing and reapplying paste, measuring the effects, and laboriously documenting all the details as he went. In the end, after of all the effort, he got a (drumroll, please) 2 degree temperature reduction! Now, you will be quick to point out that many others have gotten signficantly better results and you’d be right. Davidson has some ideas on that. It seems that in reassembling his computer, he accidentally disconnected the heat pipe sensor. The computer responded to this by running ALL FANS! ALL THE TIME! ALL NUDE! (okay, maybe not actually nude) and making the MacBook Pro delightfully cool. It was only after getting annoyed by the fan noise that he discovered the sensor problem. Upon hooking it up, he got the noise under control and saw the temperature climb up to near the original levels. Bummer!

Infinite Loop: Cooling your MacBook Pro may be easier than you think

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MacSaber: Turn Your Mac Into A Jedi Weapon

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Date: Sunday, May 21st, 2006, 23:10
Category: MacBook Pro

macsabericon.jpgIf you’ve been wondering what to do with the Sudden Motion Sensor in your new MacBook Pro, check out MacSaber, a new application that lets you use your expensive Mac hardware as a light saber, like the ones in Star Wars. Once installed your MacBook makes sounds like the famous Star Wars weapon as you wave it through the air. Very cool

Now that you’ve spent entirely too much money on your fancy sudden motion sensor equipped Mac laptop, I predict you’ll soon be swinging it around like a loon. Introducing MacSaber 1.0 Beta. Using your Mac’s sudden motion sensor, this software turns your computer into a Jedi weapon almost worthy of taking on the real thing by making authentic lightsaber sound effects. It senses speed for the lightsaber movement sounds and acceleration for different levels of striking sounds. blog » MacSaber: Turn Your Mac Into A Jedi Weapon

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Glossy Screen Also Available on MacBookPro

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 15:05
Category: MacBook Pro

The new MacBook’s “glossy screen” is now also a no charge Configure To Order (CTO) option on the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Would you prefer the normal (matte) or the glossy display?


Apple Quietly Speed-Bumps MacBook Pros

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 09:45
Category: MacBook Pro

With today’s announcement of the MacBook consumer notebooks (a.k.a. “WhiteBook” and “BlackBook”) comes another surprise: Apple has quietly speed-bumped the processors in the original MacBook Pro announced in January. They’ve dropped the 1.83GHz configuration and now offer 2.0 and 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo configurations standard for the same price. All other specs seem to be the same.


17″ MacBook Pro vs G5 Dual 2.7GHz Desktop

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 07:00
Category: MacBook Pro

17″ MBP 2GB 7200 100GB vs G5 Dual 2.7GHz 8GB [hard drive unspecified]
Boot time to desktop:
Dual G5: 36 sec
MacBook Pro: 8-11 sec
iDVD 30 min DV to DVD and burn:
Dual G5: 36 min
MacBook Pro: 39 min
1080P trailer playback 3 movies simultaneous 24 FPS:
Dual G5: 18 FPS
MacBook Pro: 10.4 FPS
MS Word load 4000 pg document with photos 170MB:
Dual 2.7GHz G5: 19.4 sec
MacBook Pro: 32 sec
MacBook Pro running Windows vs Dell XPS
Half Life 2 video test:
MBP: 114
XPS: 104
Quake 3:
MBP: 281
XPS: 277
G5: 364
Unreal Tournament 2004:
MBP: 95
XPS: 86
G5: 64
Oblivion Impressions:
MBP: Smooth as silk in the dungeons, outside a little choppy when looking into the distance (fog not working, odd shadows).
XPS: Smooth but “chuggy” in dungeons, outside 10-15fps but playable (looks normal).
The MacBook Pro has more than enough power to play the latest PC games and compares well to the Dual G5 when running Mac universal applications.
When compared to the Dell XPS, the MacBook Pro looks better, is cheaper, two pounds lighter, boasts a higher res screen, is faster by 10%, and (best of all) can run both Mac and PC apps.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan