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  • Blog Post: thinking about the new MacBook

    I've been using my new MacBook for awhile now, and there's one thing that completely annoys me: the trackpad. I've spent quite a lot of time messing about with the preferences, and I still find myself having difficulty using it. The problem is in fine movement. If I care about just nudging the cursor...
  • Blog Post: my Mac as a media centre

    Someone recently asked me how I've got my home media centre set up. I wrote this up in response to them, but then figured that it could be shared more broadly. I have a Mac Mini (the previous generation ) running Snow Leopard (plain Snow Leopard, not Snow Leopard Server). It's hooked up via a DVI...
  • Blog Post: setting up the new Mac

    As I mentioned earlier, I bought a new MacBook. My old MacBook was the first-gen black one, and it was getting quite long in the tooth. Spurred on by a good deal at MicroCenter (thanks again to Peter Cohen for alerting to me it!), I got one of the new unibody MacBooks. Since it's just an off-the...
  • Blog Post: laptop adventures

    It's been an exciting laptop week here, and it's only Wednesday! First, the bad news. On Monday morning, I dropped my MacBook Pro on my left foot. The laptop has the teensiest of dents on the corner that I dropped it on. My foot, on the other hand, has two broken bones . The staff at the ER thought...
  • Blog Post: new members of the family

    My home network has seen three changes lately. The first, which I've been wanting to do for ages but hadn't quite gotten 'round to yet, is a new Mac Mini . My old Mini, the last of the PowerPC minis , was my media server. It was hooked up to a pile of external drives, which housed my ever-growing...
  • Blog Post: thoughts on the Apple Tax

    I keep on hearing about the Apple Tax again, and I keep on hearing people on both sides of the issue getting quite upset about it. The thing is: both sides are right. The Apple fanboys say that if you take a Mac and then go to Dell (or Sony, or Lenovo, or whoever) and configure a machine that's...
  • Blog Post: decisions, decisions

    The Backup Fairy got cranky at me and backhanded me. I preach the gospel of backups, and I'm really good about backing up my computers in the office, but I'd been remiss in backing up my personal MacBook. So she decided that it was time to teach me a lesson, and killed the hard drive on my personal laptop...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: How is your Mac Mini set up as a media server?

    When I posted about my new Mac lust , I mentioned that I'm currently using a PPC Mini as my media server. Someone asked what that looks like. The basic idea is really easy. Start off with a Mini. Add in more RAM (which probably isn't essential if you're only doing audio playback, but is definitely...
  • Blog Post: a personal Mac history

    The Mac is now 25 . I am 32. I don't remember the introduction of the Mac, and I don't recall ever seeing the 1984 ad. In fact, I was only vaguely aware of the Mac until I hit college. My schools never had Apples or Macs, and none of my friends had one either. For my first college programming class,...
  • Blog Post: will Apple give me a netbook?

    While I desperately (desperately!) want an updated Mac Mini, the thing that I've been pining for forever is an ultra-lightweight laptop. It's been on my wishlist for every single stinkin' MWSF and WWDC that I've attended since I joined MacBU. So you can imagine how my heart leapt when I read the...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: What mouse were you using on the demo machines in the Office:Mac booth?

    In the weeks before Macworld Expo , it's pretty easy to guess what the majority of the questions are going to be in the booth. Last year, since it was our launch year, 90% of the questions asked "when is it available?" and "where can I get it?" Prep was easy. This year, we knew that we'd get a lot of...
  • Blog Post: the one thing I don't like about my Macbook

    I love my MacBook. I really do. His name is Bernard. Bernard is the right size for my personal laptop. I don't want a big MBP for my own use, I like Bernard's small form factor. I'm okay in making the tradeoff of price and size versus the better video card that's in the MBP -- although I do have to admit...
  • Blog Post: my MWSF wishlist - top ten announcements I wish Apple would make

    I know that it's a bit early for this kind of post, but I'm going to be out of the country for most of December [1], so I feel like I might as well get the ball rollin'. Here are ten things that I want from Apple at MWSF. This isn't a list of what I think will actually happen at MWSF, this is a...
  • Blog Post: small MacBook review

    As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago , I bought myself a new black MacBook and named him Bernard. (Why? It's in the comments thread for that post.) I bought the black MacBook off-the-shelf, walking into my local Apple Store to do so. Separately, I ordered 2 GB of RAM and a 120-GB hard drive. Installation...
  • Blog Post: Apple news roundup

    I’ve been on the road again, so haven’t been commenting on much lately. Thus, my faithful readers (that’s all three of you) get one big post on various bits that I’ve been meaning to comment about lately. Apple vs Apple : Apple Computers won the lawsuit. The judge said that Apple Computer is using...
  • Blog Post: the latest and greatest (at least for now)

    Yesterday, Apple hosted a media event at their headquarters to show off their latest products. The major announcements were the updated Mac mini and a new iPod Hi-Fi . The mini and Hi-Fi are shipping now. The PowerPoint:Mac tester in the office next to me ordered the Hi-Fi when it was announced yesterday...
  • Blog Post: the latest and greatest

    Over the last couple of weeks, Apple has hosted a couple of events to announce their latest and greatest. Here's my rundown, just in case you haven't heard/read/watched enough commentary on this. Video iPods: They don't do anything for me, but I didn't expect them to. I'd really been hoping that...
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