Archive for the ‘MacBook Air’ category

LoJack Alternatives?

June 23, 2008

Wondering what alternatives are out there for Mac laptop security in addition to LoJack, DynDNS and the staid but true Kensington laptop security cable.

I’ve heard there are some accessories that can be installed in the computer to effectively pin-point its location for recovery purposes. Wonder if these are PCMCIA or if they fit inside the laptop and work their magic? Also, I’d be interested in ways to script a wiping of the entire home directory in the event the machine fell into the wrong hands.

I’m sure the audience won’t disappoint. Supply links for extra credit please 🙂

MacBook Air Manual Now Online

January 30, 2008

[EDIT: The MBAir is now shipping and the manuals are online.]

Once it posts it will appear here. I’m not going to own one of these (anytime soon) but I’ll sure enjoy reading this particular manual.

What’s That MacBook Air Ad Song?

January 21, 2008

MacBook Air Yael Naim Ad Soundtrack “New Soul”

That would be “New Soul” from Yeal Naim. Like it? (link will open iTunes)

MacBook Air

January 15, 2008

13″ 1.6Ghz for $1,799 (80 Gb 4200 rpm PATA drive) or

13″ 1.8Ghz for $3,098 (64Gb SSD)

Pre-order now. Ships in 2-3 weeks.

Ships with:

  • 45W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, and power cord
  • Micro-DVI to DVI adapter
  • Micro-DVI to VGA adapter
  • Display polishing cloth
  • Install/restore DVDs
  • Printed and electronic documentation
  • iLife ’08
  • Front Row
  • Photo Booth
  • Leopard (obviously)

Initial reaction?

This thing is thin! Which is really cool. It’s multi-gesture capable. Also, very cool. The lack of optical drive unnerves me. Only in the way the lack of a floppy-drive unnerved me so many moons ago. Hey, it’s time to adjust and get on with the show I suppose.

Runs a not-yet-ready for the world version of the Mac OS X Leopard. 9B2324

So, I suppose Remote Disk is among the first of many solutions we’ll see come about. It’s not so elegant. But, it’s early and no one really has had a chance to say it’s terrific or sucks. Proof will be in the hands of the early adopters and the folks who swarm to the Apple Stores to smudge the screens and put it through the paces.

Macworld 2008 Keynote (SUMMARY)

January 15, 2008

Since so many of the news outlets sites are taking nose dives I’ll do my best to live blog the summary of all the feeds I’m monitoring and supply attribution as possible. (Newest stuff at top)

[ has the new pretties. Videos for the MacBook Air available too. Store’s back online. ]

ONE MORE THING? – Nope. Randy Newman’s today’s entertainment.

“Green” was a consideration in building the MacBook Air.

5 hr battery life. 2 Gb RAM. Starts at $1,799. Ships in two weeks.

Remote Disk will allow you to “borrow” an optical drive from a local mac to install software. (Hmm… kinda goofy)

802.11n + Bluetooth 2.1/EDR

It’s a wireless machine. No hard drive (only SSD). USB in case you gotta have it.

Intel shrunk the processor by 60%!!! Otellini takes stage.

45 Watt MagSafe, 1 USB 2.0 port, Micro-DVI, Audio Out

1.8″ drive. 60 Gb and 84Gb SSD options. 1.6 GHz Standard, 1.8 GHz Option — Intel Core 2 Duo (MacRumorsLive)

13.3″ widescreen display (glossy or dull? gotta know…)

MacBook Air is 0.16″ to 0.76″. The thickest part of the MacBook Air is thinner than the thinnest part of the Sony. It fits inside a envelope (MacRumorsLive)

What do you give up to achieve that goal? The thick stuff. Just make it thinner. 😉

4) Something in the air – MacBook Air. (Here we go! Red Five, I’m going in!) World’s thinnest notebook. What’s “thin”?

Chairman CEO of FOX sharing stage. Transformative approach to rental (which isn’t new). Blu-Ray mention gets applause.

New Apple TV is a software update (available in 2 weeks). Entry level AppleTV is now $229.

Photo based screen savers can be retrieved from .Mac. Music can be purchased through AppleTV. (Flickr pooped on Steve.)

[Spending a LOT of time demo’ing AppleTV 2. Making some serious emphasis here on the “how” of it all. Interesting.]

HD Rentals $4.99. 100 titles available today. (Suggests the Apple TV 2 will be too.) Completely new user interface. Suggestion engine. Previews. Fast, live search.

Apple TV v. 2 – No computer required. DVD quality. HD. Dolby 5.1. Integrated with iTunes Movie Rentals. Photos. Podcasts… Syncs with iTunes.

First run titles. Can begin watching within 30 days of download. 24 hours to watch. 1,000 movies. Available within 30 days after DVD release. Can transfer to other devices. U.S. Movie Rentals launches today. Int’l later this year. Software updates for iTunes and iPods coming.

Rentals being added as a new section of the iTunes Store. Touchstone, Miramax, MGM, Lionsgate, Newline, FOx, WB, Disney, Paramount, Universal, Sony all on board (MacRumors)

3) iTunes – 4 Billion songs sold as of last week. 20 million in a single day (record). 125 million TV shows sold.

iPod Touch – 5 new apps: Mail, Stocks, Notes, and Weather (MacRumors) available in every Touch leaving factory now. $20 upgrade for previous purchasers.

[Sounds like 1.1.3 iPhone update. ETA? Today.]

Web clips, Maps with location, customize home screen, SMS lots of people at once, chapters in videos, subtitles, lyrics (Ars)

2) iPhone – 20,000 sold/day. 200th day now 4 million units sold. 20% marketshare. SDK on track for February.

Time Machine spawned a new product: Time Capsule (500Gb -$299 and 1Tb – $499)

1) Leopard – 5 million copies, 3 months. Huge success. 20% of Mac base up to date.

Steve takes the stage. “Awesome year. Thanks. Clearly something in the air. 4 things to talk about.”

House lights dimming.

Ars reports security is clamping down on the cameras.