It looks gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. The 11.6 inch model is a worthy successor to the great Apple subnotebooks which culminated in the classic 12 inch Powerbook. And yet, it comes with a CPU that’s slower than my first-generation MacBook Air. OK, the flash drive will make it feel faster (ANYTHING would beat out the original…Read More The new MacBook Air
With help from The Vicar, here and here, I was able to get the Time Capsule up and running. I elected to create a brand new WPA2 network, using the TC as the router; my old (non-“n”) Airport Express is now sitting next to the HP printer/scanner, acting as a print server. I used the…Read More Clue: The Vicar, in the Living Room, with a Time Capsule!
The MBA continues to delight. The keyboard is the best I’ve used in years. My PowerBook suddenly came back to life. Sigh…. The Time Capsule is a great disappointment. I set it up, and before I could actually use it, the Airport Utility suggested that I should upgrade the firmware from 7.3 to 7.3.1. ((Why…Read More New Mac update (in brief)
I received lots of advice from blog readers, friends, and colleagues at Amazon about the choice of a new laptop, and the general consensus was: The MacBook Air is the way to go, unless you’re doing serious video work or game-playing. Getting iTunes set up on a network drive is a royal pain, but it’s…Read More Got the MacBook Air
While I was in California last week, I found myself deep in the reality distortion field induced by the presence of MacBook Airs. Alec bought himself one, and several of the speakers at Stanford were using them. The weight, screen, and keyboard are pretty damn near perfect… I’m looking at two basic options for my…Read More Tough choices
Last night my PowerBook suffered the same Power Management Unit-related failure that I’ve described before, and so today I booked a session at the “Genius Bar” in the Bellevue Apple store. Inevitably, the “Genius” was unable to reproduce the problem: we restarted and power-cycled the machine several times, but it always restarted successfully. We agreed…Read More Frustrating
While scanning the evening’s RSS feeds, I noticed a story in El Reg about a security update for Quicktime. Naturally I ran Software Update… to see if the patch was ready to instal. ((“Install” in the US, “Instal” in the UK.)) It was, so I downloaded it, answered the relevant questions, and was surprised when…Read More Nerve-wracking
I’ve got this song stuck in my head: “You Picked Me” by A Fine Frenzy (a.k.a. Alison Sudol). I heard it playing in Starbucks yesterday, and used the new iTunes/Starbucks service to buy the album and download it to my iPhone. The service works just fine, although the download is a little slower than on…Read More "You Picked Me"
Tim raves about the computer that both of us are using these days.Read More Black beauty
Back in February I mentioned a cool Mac application called DotMatrix by B-L-A-C-K-O-P, ((They also have this neat free screensaver, BlackenedPixels, which turns the screen black and then tries to power down the displays. I have a PB15″ with a Samsung SyncMaster 940MW on the DVI port. BlackenedPixels was able to power down the internal…Read More More DotMatrix