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If I had to do it over again I'd probably get the... 1,327 Views / 24 Replies  
If I had to do it over again I'd probably get the 12. The new 15 is bigger than the Tibook by a large margin. If you need portability, factor that in.

The only thing I dislike about the 12" is...
Posted by macxtal, on Jul 5, 2005 at 07:18 AM, in Mac Notebooks
You can replace your keyboard yourself. You need... 1,504 Views / 4 Replies  
You can replace your keyboard yourself. You need a few special tools but most of the powerbook places can sell you what's required. It is a bit of a PITA but doable.

Boo hiss on apple for making...
Posted by macxtal, on Jun 22, 2005 at 09:17 AM, in Mac Notebooks
After a few hundred hours of use the backlight... 1,062 Views / 17 Replies  
After a few hundred hours of use the backlight gets much dimmer. Compare a year old powerbook to a brand new one and the difference is striking. You can in theory put a new backlight in, but it's not...
Posted by macxtal, on Dec 20, 2004 at 10:22 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Most electronics are fairly robust,... 1,413 Views / 18 Replies  
Most electronics are fairly robust, unfortunately, you turned it on before cleaning. You could try this anyway, if it's already screwed:

Obviously, you never want to do spill things. However, if...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 4, 2004 at 08:25 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I am using a linux box running striped and... 664 Views / 9 Replies  
I am using a linux box running striped and mirrored RAID setup for this. I have a motherboard, card, and drives on a UPS tucked away out of site. It's on 100mbit now, with good performance, I will be...
Posted by macxtal, on Jul 21, 2004 at 01:02 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Planning on running VPC, 1gb is a good idea.... 884 Views / 10 Replies  
Planning on running VPC, 1gb is a good idea. Otherwise 768mb is fine. You might as well add a 512mb module.
Posted by macxtal, on Jun 24, 2004 at 07:36 AM, in Mac Notebooks
The useful life of a powerbook is about 36... 1,360 Views / 30 Replies  
The useful life of a powerbook is about 36 months. The best case is around 48.

I shelled out about $3500 for my notebook in Canada with taxes and accessories.

Over 36 months that is almost...
Posted by macxtal, on Jun 23, 2004 at 11:57 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Don't be a sucker. Sell your powerbook after... 1,360 Views / 30 Replies  
Don't be a sucker.

Sell your powerbook after a year - you will be out less than $50-75/mo in deprecation for the most part. Then you get a new powerbook, a new battery, a new backlight, a new hard...
Posted by macxtal, on Jun 23, 2004 at 01:47 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Canon dropping Powershot Mac SDK Support 623 Views / 3 Replies  
From the Canon developer page:

PLEASE NOTE: The Macintosh version of SDK 6.0.1 supports EOS digital SLRs only (EOS-1Ds, 1D, 10D, D60, D30, Digital Rebel). Canon Inc. has informed us that they are...
Posted by macxtal, on May 27, 2004 at 12:19 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
You have a $3000 laptop, buy a damn hard case. I... 11,675 Views / 69 Replies  
You have a $3000 laptop, buy a damn hard case. I have a zero haliburton Z3 I purchased for my Tibook and Albook. It has fallen over many times, while the case is getting some "character", it's...
Posted by macxtal, on Mar 18, 2004 at 01:14 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Doing real work on VPC is not an option. Don't... 409 Views / 3 Replies  
Doing real work on VPC is not an option. Don't let people fool yourself otherwise, it really is a weapon of last resort. I've tried to use it for doing some circuit board and schematic work, but it's...
Posted by macxtal, on Mar 7, 2004 at 08:24 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
You could use apple remote desktop to remotely... 889 Views / 16 Replies  
You could use apple remote desktop to remotely control one of the machines from the other.
Posted by macxtal, on Mar 7, 2004 at 08:21 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I work with metal.. and have a camcorder and a... 1,120 Views / 29 Replies  
I work with metal.. and have a camcorder and a powerbook. Maybe I can come up with something :).
Posted by macxtal, on Feb 12, 2004 at 09:21 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Waiting for a display update, was thinking about... 1,300 Views / 24 Replies  
Waiting for a display update, was thinking about the 20" but will probably get the 23" as I stare at the monitor 10-12 hours+ per day, it might as well be a damn nice monitor. :)
Posted by macxtal, on Feb 12, 2004 at 09:19 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
If you can afford a powerbook, you're probably a... 2,720 Views / 24 Replies  
If you can afford a powerbook, you're probably a sucker paying for Applecare. You're better off selling the powerbook after 11 months and buying a new one - you will get a much faster notebook, a...
Posted by macxtal, on Feb 12, 2004 at 08:52 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Poll: I had both, my AlBook is much much faster than my... 1,135 Views / 8 Replies  
I had both, my AlBook is much much faster than my old Ti. I haven't had a single problem at all, the screen and everything else are flawless. My only complaint is the white connectors for DVI and...
Posted by macxtal, on Feb 7, 2004 at 12:25 PM, in Mac Notebooks
ncix.com.. A friend of mine has a VIP account and... 543 Views / 6 Replies  
ncix.com.. A friend of mine has a VIP account and got the 512mb crucial sodimm for $175 or so. (cdn)

Never had a problem with crucial memory.
Posted by macxtal, on Oct 24, 2003 at 03:16 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I carry mine daily in a Zero Halliburton hard... 2,659 Views / 31 Replies  
I carry mine daily in a Zero Halliburton hard computer case (Z3, I think). It's been dropped, kicked, stomped, and both my powerbooks have remained flawless.
Posted by macxtal, on Oct 15, 2003 at 12:54 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Poll: Statistics gathered here are not a proper random... 2,218 Views / 32 Replies  
Statistics gathered here are not a proper random sample of production. Do not speak about things you are obviously very ignorant about - Apple would have put the machines through QA, and made sure...
Posted by macxtal, on Oct 15, 2003 at 12:51 PM, in Mac Notebooks
p e r f e c t 1,510 Views / 38 Replies  
p e r f e c t
Posted by macxtal, on Oct 14, 2003 at 12:54 AM, in Mac Notebooks
My machine does not get hot. It doesn't... 1,932 Views / 33 Replies  
My machine does not get hot.

It doesn't really even get warm.

I don't believe it has a fan. I haven't heard one.

My screen is fine.

Battery life was bad. This was fixed with the OS...
Posted by macxtal, on Oct 8, 2003 at 09:31 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I'm not even aware this machine HAS a fan. 1,083 Views / 17 Replies  
I'm not even aware this machine HAS a fan.
Posted by macxtal, on Oct 5, 2003 at 10:51 PM, in Mac Notebooks
You are being very ignorant. The only people... 7,866 Views / 53 Replies  
You are being very ignorant.

The only people who post here are those who are either perfectionists, or got a notebook with a problem. It is not a scientific sample in any way shape or form. Only...
Posted by macxtal, on Oct 3, 2003 at 05:51 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Pay attention to how little you can upgrade your... 1,630 Views / 30 Replies  
Pay attention to how little you can upgrade your notebook for - the time to decide is at the end of the year. If you can sell your notebook and get a brand-spanking new unit for only $300 or $400 in...
Posted by macxtal, on Oct 2, 2003 at 11:10 PM, in Mac Notebooks
AppleCare isn't worth it. If you look at the... 1,630 Views / 30 Replies  
AppleCare isn't worth it.

If you look at the deprecation on Macs, expecially powerbooks and I would imagine the G5's should hold their value as well - it's pretty good compared to the PC world.
...
Posted by macxtal, on Oct 1, 2003 at 04:37 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I have a Cisco Aironet access point. Reception... 1,244 Views / 19 Replies  
I have a Cisco Aironet access point. Reception with the AlBook is MUCH better than the Tibook.
Posted by macxtal, on Oct 1, 2003 at 02:18 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Heh, sorry for any confusion. I never used Macs... 950 Views / 10 Replies  
Heh, sorry for any confusion. I never used Macs before OS X and it occurs to me that my idea of a hack (I am an embedded systems / hardware designer) and your idea of a software hack may different.
...
Posted by macxtal, on Oct 1, 2003 at 10:36 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Place a small maglight face down on the function... 950 Views / 10 Replies  
Place a small maglight face down on the function keys. It'll nicely light up 2 keys down. I don't believe the physical mechanism for distributing the light is absent. Try it.

Can someone tell me...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 30, 2003 at 11:55 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Poll: I ordered mine the day of the keynote; It is... 1,100 Views / 16 Replies  
I ordered mine the day of the keynote; It is flawless, just like I suspect the large majority of them are.

The new design is very smart RE heat dispersal. It gets warm playing DVDs, but no wind...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 30, 2003 at 10:51 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It's a small white piece of plastic; it appears... 1,195 Views / 18 Replies  
It's a small white piece of plastic; it appears to be thick tyvek or some other untearable plastic. Looks like a twisttie minus the wire with a hole in the middle where it fits over the connector.
...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 30, 2003 at 09:57 PM, in Mac Notebooks
This is an Al 15.. the tab is in the pictures... 1,195 Views / 18 Replies  
This is an Al 15.. the tab is in the pictures printed on the battery compartment if you look carefully. It's inexcusable that it was not secured better.

It certainly is needed, you need pliers to...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 30, 2003 at 09:19 PM, in Mac Notebooks
For those of you who have never seen a white tab... 1,195 Views / 18 Replies  
For those of you who have never seen a white tab on your Airport antenna connector - I'd bet it's stuck in your miniPCI slot.
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 30, 2003 at 09:04 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It's the white tab on the antenna cable. It fell... 1,195 Views / 18 Replies  
It's the white tab on the antenna cable. It fell off in transit; I didn't notice until the card wouldn't go in, making a real mess.
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 30, 2003 at 09:02 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Mine slid in very smoothly with that god forsaken... 1,195 Views / 18 Replies  
Mine slid in very smoothly with that god forsaken piece of plastic removed.
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 30, 2003 at 08:36 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Illuminated keyboard may be hackable 950 Views / 10 Replies  
Ok.. so, I did some experimenting - I ordered without the illuminated keyboard, since I type 80wpm, I don't look much at the keys.

Shine a penlight down on a key - it lights up the adjacent key...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 30, 2003 at 08:35 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Sticky: I have the Zero Halliburton Z3 case. It fits the... 460,797 Views / 1,153 Replies  
I have the Zero Halliburton Z3 case. It fits the TiBook and my new Albook 15 like a GLOVE. Absolutely perfect fit. I got some velcro to attach the power supply and accessories to the top (I removed...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 30, 2003 at 08:18 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Airport Extreme Installers - Be CAREFUL 1,195 Views / 18 Replies  
Much drama when I got my AE card today. Should just plug in and go, right? Well, the card doesn't seem to want to go in all the way. I'm thinking to myself, that's wierd - not like apple. At all.
...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 30, 2003 at 08:13 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It's relatively easy to make a unit undetectibly... 513 Views / 3 Replies  
It's relatively easy to make a unit undetectibly "DOA" if it is unacceptable to you. Ask a friend who's an EE. The ethics of the above are questionable, but if Apple is going to treat customers like...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 26, 2003 at 08:14 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I got the stock combodrive Al 15" to avoid any... 27,351 Views / 513 Replies  
I got the stock combodrive Al 15" to avoid any sort of delay. Don't really care about the lit keyboard, I type 100wpm and I doubt it'll make any difference.

...shipped. :-)

Crossing my fingers...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 17, 2003 at 01:37 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Nice to see fast shipping.. 503 Views / 2 Replies  
I ordered a 15" Combo unit today to avoid BTO delays. Unit is enroute, ordered through the Apple Store in Canada.

Go apple. I was going to get the 12, but the 9600 mobility wasn't worth giving up...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 16, 2003 at 10:31 PM, in Mac Notebooks
IIRC Hinge covers are Ti. I sold mine awhile ago,... 599 Views / 5 Replies  
IIRC Hinge covers are Ti. I sold mine awhile ago, but I'm pretty sure about this. I had a good chunk of it polished.

To prevent tarnish, put on some carnuba wax (high quality car wax). Problem...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 15, 2003 at 01:15 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Sand, sand, sand. Get some automotive sandpaper... 599 Views / 5 Replies  
Sand, sand, sand. Get some automotive sandpaper and use "wet" sand; basically dump water over everything.

Start with a 600 grit
then a 1000-1200 grit
then 1500 grit
then 2000 grit
then rubbing...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 15, 2003 at 10:41 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Those big heatsinks and all those fans are for... 8,078 Views / 48 Replies  
Those big heatsinks and all those fans are for -silence-.

If you look at the clock/watt figures, the G5 is actually cooler than the G4. Please do not perpetuate ignorance.
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 15, 2003 at 09:31 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Dual G4 would be an engineering challenge, but... 1,701 Views / 20 Replies  
Dual G4 would be an engineering challenge, but not impossible. People think the processor draws a lot of power, but this is incorrect. The biggest draw by far on a notebook computer is the LCD screen...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 12, 2003 at 10:50 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I'm in Nova Scotia.. here's one of the best kept... 1,133 Views / 12 Replies  
I'm in Nova Scotia.. here's one of the best kept secrets in Canada if you're looking for a deal on a monitor, I've used them before and they are very good:

http://www.canadamonitors.com

cdn$...
Posted by macxtal, on Sep 4, 2003 at 08:15 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Makes you wonder, indeedy, if update plans got... 788 Views / 7 Replies  
Makes you wonder, indeedy, if update plans got scrubbed in favor of moving up the introduction of the G5.
Posted by macxtal, on Aug 21, 2003 at 11:09 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I don't blink at blowing that on my other... 760 Views / 7 Replies  
I don't blink at blowing that on my other hobbies, so I'm not going cast any stones. Financial issues aside, it'll work great for games and movies. I would try one though for using to edit text,...
Posted by macxtal, on Aug 17, 2003 at 08:59 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I'm ordering a 12" on Tuesday, regardless. I... 1,291 Views / 10 Replies  
I'm ordering a 12" on Tuesday, regardless. I can't wait anymore, and it's starting to cost me money.
Posted by macxtal, on Aug 15, 2003 at 08:24 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I'm switching from a 15" to a G5 and a 12",... 1,006 Views / 13 Replies  
I'm switching from a 15" to a G5 and a 12", waiting on the G5 to start shipping and a Rev. B 12". Best of both worlds. Even better if the 12" has DVI.
Posted by macxtal, on Aug 10, 2003 at 10:34 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Canada too.. 861 Views / 11 Replies  
Canada too..
Posted by macxtal, on Aug 6, 2003 at 08:16 AM, in Mac Notebooks
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