Bookendz Docking Station for 13” MacBook

On January 9, 2008, in Macintosh, Review, by David Cohen

Bookendz Docking Station for 13” MacBook
BookEndz Limited

Price: $159

Back on Podcast 153, Tim and Owen reminisced about the Apple PowerBook Duo line of computers. These machines were available from 1994-1996, and were very small laptop computers without the usual collection of ports and built-in drives. They could be placed in a separately available DuoDock, that added all the missing ports and devices, as well as a larger hard drive, and of course a fixed power supply and a proper monitor. As such, the concept was a full desktop Mac that allowed the most important parts to be removed and used as a laptop.

Wind forward twelve years, and technological development has certainly caught up with the concept! Today’s portable Macs are as fully featured and functional as any desktop machine – in fact, parts of the Mac desktop line-up have embraced the design and implementation of the portable systems – the Mac Mini is a MacBook in a desktop case! Accordingly, many people have a MacBook or a MacBook Pro as their only Mac.

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MyMac Podcast 151

On October 27, 2007, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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A special weekend edition of the podcast looking at Leopard. First up, Tim talks about installing the new Mac OS on both his G5 and Macbook Pro machines. Robert chimes in from his cell phone twice, once about buying Leopard, and again with his first impressions after installing it on an older iBook G4. Finally, John Nemo records four interviews from the Apple store, a really fun segment!

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Sleevz and ScreenSavrz for MacBook and MacBook Pro

Keeping your MacBook or MacBook Pro looking shiny and new isn’t easy. As amazing as Apple’s laptops look when new, the speed with which they get marked and scratched can be equally amazing. Part of the problem is the materials used. The paint finish used on the Titanium-series PowerBooks simply didn’t stick to the underlying metal and plastic, with the inevitable result that paint would scratch or flake away remarkably quickly. Later PowerBooks were better, and the current MacBook Pro series is relatively scratch-resistant, but they can still get marked and dinged if carried about in a rucksack or briefcase. More serious perhaps is damage to the LCD. Again, design is a factor as much as misuse. The sheer thinness of the modern portable computer means that (when closed at least) the gap between the LCD and the keyboard is minimal. Accidental bumps cause the keys to touch the screen, at the least letting grease from your fingers get onto the LCD and at worst actually causing unsightly scratches. Apple is usually reticent about replacing screens that are scratched this way, regardless of whether or not the design of the machine is the cause of the problem, and unfortunately for the owner, removing the scratches is basically impossible short of replacing the screen itself.

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John Nemo kicks off the conversation:
Apple is promoting its MacBook for consumers, which makes sense due to the modest size and price relative to its set of features. A basic MacBook sells for $700 less in U.S. dollars than the least expensive MacBook Pro, or $800 less when you factor in an AppleCare three-year warranty (which strongly recommends).

For buyers over the age of 40, that extra expense can be a bargain. As we age our eyes and brains prefer a larger screen area. Keys that illuminate in low or dark ambient room lighting are a bonus. Typing keys are engineered to a higher standard, with more tactile response. Trackpad and mouse are larger, and palm rest areas are more spacious. Audio playback is better, with larger on-board speakers. A second FireWire port, with faster FW800, is very useful. Weight and size are only marginally larger on a 15″ MacBook Pro than on a 13″ MacBook.

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Flaming Laptops Help Desk #2

On August 29, 2006, in How-To, by Tom Schmidt

Shortly after the PowerBook 5300 shipped in 1995 it was discovered that the installed Lithium Ion battery, then a new technology, carried with it a risk of severe overheating. Apple immediately recalled each and every one, a few of which had reached end users, and replaced the Lithium Ion battery with a Nickel Metal Hydride battery. No Apple computer since then has carried this risk, until now.

Some in the mainstream media have implied that Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops may have the same risks as the recently recalled Dell laptops, since Apple also uses battery components from Sony. The MacBook & MacBook Pro don’t, but last week on Thursday Apple announced the Battery Exchange Program for iBook G4 and PowerBook G4. There are no reported cases of a 12″ iBook G4 or 12″ or 15″ PowerBook G4 catching fire, but if yours was purchased October 2003 or later follow the instructions on the recall web page to determine if your battery may have the problem and need to be exchanged. The 14″ iBook G4 and the 17″ PowerBook G4 are not affected, and not all 12″ iBook G4s and 12″ or 15″ PowerBook G4s are. I own a 15″ PowerBook G4 and the battery in mine is not part of the recall.

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Tri-Boot MacBook Pro

On August 10, 2006, in Video, by Tim Robertson

The TriBoot MacBook Pro.


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MyMac Podcast 90
Trouble in Paradise

On July 13, 2006, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Trouble in paradise? Seems so, as Chad has problems with his new MacBook, and Tim seemingly does as well with his MacBook Pro. Also this week, a new feature from titled Fenestration by David Cohen, Dashboard Minute with Guy Serle, Speedy Review by Robert Hazelrigg, and NoSnooze by Nemo.

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MacBook Pro (Rev. E)

On May 17, 2006, in Applelust, by Neale Monks
  • Product Name: MacBook
    Pro (Rev. E)
  • Company: Apple
  • URL:
  • Category: Laptop
  • Price: $1999
  • Specifications:
    • 1.83 GHz
    • 1.5 GB RAM
    • 80 GB Hard Drive
    • Mac OS X 10.4.6
  • Rating: 3 Bounces – Lustworthy

AppleLust doesn’t commonly review hardware, but with the ongoing transition from the PowerPC processor to the Intel ones, I think it it’s worth taking a look at these new machines in the context of day-to-day work and play. One of the things that stands out when you read many of the hardware reviews is the use of benchmarks. I’m all for benchmarks; they’re objective tests of speed that allow the reader to see clearly how one machine compares with another. But there’s more to using a computer than speed.

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MacBook Pro 15 Laptop
First Look and Commentary

On April 4, 2006, in First Look, Macbook Pro, by John Nemerovski

I used a 2GHz model for an entire week, and tried to grind it into aluminum and silicon dust, as many ways as I could without voiding the warranty of my client, who entrusted it to me for setup while she was out of town. She received her new computer, ready to rock’n’roll, and she (a switcher!) is at least as impressed as I am with her MacBook Pro (MBPro), if not more so.

We ordered it from because of the company’s $150 rebate offer and 30-day return policy, in case MBPro turned out to be a loser for any reason. The Amazon carton was small and light — was there really a computer inside? MBPro’s retail package is a compact cardboard “suitcase” with a black handle and computer image on the exterior. Simple and classy. Extremely tight, snug, interior packaging of foam plus sleeve contained the laptop itself.

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David Every looks at the MacBook Pro

On January 10, 2006, in Macbook Pro, Opinion, by David K Every

Specs you really care about? – If you’re a geek

Lots of people will parrot specs — this is more observation. I played with one, asked questions, and just dinked around. Here’s what I found out.

While Apple doesn’t have a party line for battery performance (yet), they will say they are hard at work getting numbers. By yanking the cool new magnetic cord (which takes a lot more force than you’d suspect, and leaps back to position at the slightest opportunity) the new machines said they had about 3:11 of battery life. I thought this was a little less than the current generation of PowerBook. However, I tried on a few Aluminums, and they showed numbers in the high 2’s (2:58 or so). And with the MacBook, the display was brighter (on full), it is far better performing (I couldn’t find a way to disable one-processor while on battery, or other tuning options). Of course that little time menu has never been horribly accurate for me. So I suspect things will get better over time, and the MacBook will outperform the current machines in both speed AND battery life.

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