After what seems like the wait of an eternity, the new MacBooks are finally out, and there’s impressive little machines for the money. One thing that puts me off, though, is the lack of video RAM – 64MB isn’t impressive these days, and especially not great if you plan doing any serious games.
I’m currently also experimenting with iWeb, so if you fancy getting a load of more of me you’ll find some stuff – including a small blog – over at my .Mac account.
As Bynk quite rightly says, Sometimes, David Pogue is indeed “The Man”:
“Build it, and they will come” only works as a tagline in a Kevin Costner movie. It is not a viable product strategy. Nor, as it turns out is “Bill likes it”.
I really, really, really wanted to like the UMPC. What I’ve always wanted is a Newton 2000-sized device that can run real, proper software, so you can imagine how the UMPC appealed. And what do we get instead? I not particularly good screen on a machine that’s too slow to run not only next-year’s operating system, but today’s. Where Tablet PC is smart, UMPC is dumb.
Well done to Jim Dalrymple for getting the exclusive direct word from Apple on the sudden lack of developers for Aperture. What’s unusual isn’t the story itself, but that it happened at all: Apple simply does not comment on stuff like this. I know the kind of efforts it’s taken in the past to get even an off-the-record denial of something from Apple, so Jim deserves credit for getting this story.
The Apple Blog has an interesting story on why Macbook Pros Are Hot:
Over at the Something Aweful forums, a user has pointed out that one of the reasons the Macbook Pro gets so hot is because of a misapplication of thermal grease. Now you can read the full article with pictures, or the instructions to disassemble your Macbook Pro yourself; but it does appear to have taken the temperature from about 55 degrees down to 39 degrees. This may void your warranty, so take extreme caution in attempting to do this, you do not want to destroy a $2500 computer.
I won’t be trying this myself: so far, I’ve found my MacBook to be pretty cool-running. The only exception to this is when the DVD drive is running, when the heat – and the noise – crank up quite a lot.
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