G-DRIVE mobile — portable FireWire/USB drive for MacBook Pro
Company: G-Technology
Price: $150 for 500 GB

I’m using both these portable Mac accessories today and every day, and I’ve been using them all summer while traveling through the American Southwest. G-Technology’s G-DRIVE mobile is my new favorite portable external bus powered FireWire/USB backup drive. FastMac’s new TruePower battery is a reliable replacement or additional battery for original MacBook Pro users with removable laptop batteries.

G-DRIVE mobile is designed to match the black and silver styling of Apple’s recent MacBook Pro laptop computers.

Gallery of additional company photos is here.

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Small speakers don’t get any cooler than Ice from i.Sound. They are tiny, with a surprisingly robust audio. Power them via USB from your computer, or with a clever AC adapter

iVoice Pro
Company: MacAlly

Price: $50
http://www.macally.com

iVoiceIII
Company: MacAlly

Price: $40
http://www.macally.com

TuneTalk Stereo
Company: Belkin

Price: $70
http://catalog.belkin.com/

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FastMac Dual 1.4 GHz G4 AGP processor upgrade
Review

On January 23, 2008, in G4, Review, by Guy Serle


Dual 1.4 GHz G4 AGP processor upgrade

Company: FastMac
Price: $419.95
Fastmac.com

Why upgrade an older computer? Especially one that’s over 4-5 years old? Why not just get a new Mac and keep up with the Jones? I’ll tell you why. Macs are expensive. Especially if you’re talking about replacing one older tower with another. The price for a new Mac Pro without any bells and whistles is $2200. That’s bare minimum and adding anything like hard drives (which you’ll need new ones of as all new towers are using SATA instead of ATA) memory, wireless (yes the Mac Pro does not come with an Airport 802.11x card), etc, is going to drive the price up even more. You can certainly go cheaper than that. You can get an iMac or a Mac Mini for less, but if you’re used to the expansion option you have with a tower, remember that you’ll be forced to go to all external devices (which take up more room AND cost more as well) with either one of those choices. If you have options for upgrading your processor, and the cost does not exceed around 25% of the cost for a new machine, it can be more than worth it to extend the life of your current computer for a few years.

If you’re computer is REALLY old, say before the advent of the G3, then it just won’t be worth putting any real money into it. Bite the bullet, get either an Intel Mac or at least a G4 PPC Mac (and then upgrade it!) and join the ranks of the OS X family. On to the review.

First off, I owe Mike Lowdermilk of FastMac an apology for how long it took me to write this review. I met with him and expressed an interest in getting a dual 1.4 GHz G4 processor upgrade kit from FastMac LAST Macworld and we played telephone/email tag for a few months and it finally showed up in April just in time for a medical crisis to hit the family. After that one thing leads to another and here we are in December with no review written yet, Certain members of the MyMac family (cough…Nemo…cough) started to remind me that the 2008 Macworld was coming up and any promised unfinished reviews needed to be completed.

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MyMac Podcast #126
Katrin Eismann and Rick Stringer

On April 23, 2007, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Direct MP3 Download here
Robert Hazelrigg joins Tim, Chad, and Guy for our roundtable discussion on the weeks Mac and Apple news. He also reviews a processor upgrade for the original iMac and the Crumpler Bag. David Cohen spends time responding to listener feedback – dodging potential Microsoft detection of running Vista in a virtual machine, and getting Bonjour for Windows working effectively on an Airport network. Plus John Nemo interviews Katrin Eismann, the author of Real World Digital Photography.

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TruePower AC Laptop Adapter
Review

On April 17, 2007, in Review, by John Nemerovski


TruePower AC Laptop Adapter
FastMac

Price: $36
http://fastmac.com/poweradapter.php

Road warriors and computer professionals value having multiples of everything, but few people spend the pocket change price of this mighty TruePower cable for PowerBooks and iBooks. It’s a versatile product at a very affordable price. Learn everything about it here.

Remove TruePower from package, connect plug ends to AC power and PowerBook/iBook, then charge or operate your laptop as usual. Function and fit are identical to Apple’s original equipment power units, with three notable exceptions:

• There is no amber/green illumination where TruePower meets laptop chassis
• TruePower is a one-piece unit, that doesn’t split apart into two segments
• Electrical fitting is two-prong only, for maximum ease of use.

Construction is robust, and a movie on FastMac’s web site demonstrates how much abuse the cable and power briquette can withstand.

I use TruePower every day. It resides in the frontmost zippered compartment of my massive Torq computer pack for instant retrieval and storage. My Apple equivalent power unit stays at home, and my FastMac cable goes everywhere with John Nemo, Computer Tutor.

MyMac.com rating: 4 out of 5. Price is low, value is high, quality is good.

 

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15″ MacBook Pro Extended Life Battery
Model: APP-6099

Company: FastMac Performance Upgrades
Price: $99.95
www.fastmac.com

The most obvious appeal of a MacBook/MacBook Pro (aside from warming one’s lap in cold weather) is the ability to run from a battery, untethered from AC power sockets. Even though Apple P.R. touts decent run times for its laptops, you need to toggle the display brightness down as far as possible, you can’t use the hard drive much, and heaven forbid running the optical drive. Compared to PC laptops, Apple laptops have long suffered from relatively short battery life.

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Dual 1.4 GHz G4 AGP processor upgrade – Review

On January 8, 2001, in Review, by Guy Serle


Dual 1.4 GHz G4 AGP processor upgrade

Company: FastMac

 

Price: $419.95

FastMac.com

 

Why upgrade an older computer? Especially
one that’s over 4-5 years old?
Why not just get a new Mac and keep up
with the Jones? I’ll tell you why. Macs are expensive. Especially
if you’re talking about replacing one older tower with another.
The
price for a new Mac Pro without any bells and whistles is $2200. That’s bare
minimum and adding anything like hard drives (which you’ll need new ones of as
all new towers are using SATA instead of ATA) memory, wireless (yes the Mac Pro
does not come with an Airport 802.11x card), etc, is going to drive the price
up even more. You can certainly go cheaper than that. You can get an iMac or a
Mac Mini for less, but if you’re used to the expansion option you have with a
tower, remember that you’ll be forced to go to all external devices (which take
up more room AND cost more as well) with either one of those choices. If you
have options for upgrading your processor, and the cost does not exceed around
25% of the cost for a new machine, it can be more than worth it to extend the
life of your current computer for a few years.

Continue reading »

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