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No, you're misunderstanding what I'm saying. ... 2,433 Views / 83 Replies  
No, you're misunderstanding what I'm saying. It's perfectly fine for you to say that _you_ can't build a hack and use it for every-day work. What I object to is your insistence that others can't. ...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Apr 26, 2010 at 12:26 PM, in Mac Desktops
You're welcome to your beliefs, but it's a bit... 2,433 Views / 83 Replies  
You're welcome to your beliefs, but it's a bit condescending to say that a whole group of people out there don't "actually need to USE their computers."
Posted by mfbernstein, on Apr 25, 2010 at 07:51 PM, in Mac Desktops
I think the hard-core BTO crowd is spoken for... 2,433 Views / 83 Replies  
I think the hard-core BTO crowd is spoken for already. If you like building your own machine, the hackintosh option is and will always be dramatically cheaper than anything Apple would offer. Sure,...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Apr 25, 2010 at 06:53 PM, in Mac Desktops
And as your own signature says, it's overpriced... 2,433 Views / 83 Replies  
And as your own signature says, it's overpriced for the enthusiast market. The reason why you don't save a whole lot component-wise vs. a low-end Mac Pro is that the machine's price bares only the...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Apr 24, 2010 at 03:23 AM, in Mac Desktops
I think the cost savings of a mid-range xMac... 2,433 Views / 83 Replies  
I think the cost savings of a mid-range xMac should be pretty obvious. For $1000 you can build yourself a very respectable i7 desktop, that is nearly as expandable as a Mac Pro. Even if Apple adds...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Apr 23, 2010 at 01:59 PM, in Mac Desktops
Thanks for the suggestions. I did try installing... 1,103 Views / 7 Replies  
Thanks for the suggestions. I did try installing Lightroom on one of the Apple Store machines a while back, but IIRC it required admin privileges which I obviously did not have, and the staff wasn't...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Apr 20, 2010 at 12:59 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Certainly agree that the i7 desktop is more... 1,103 Views / 7 Replies  
Certainly agree that the i7 desktop is more futureproofed. But it does mean sticking to a 2 machine setup, and synchronization, especially across Mac/PC is not something I enjoy. OTOH, if...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Apr 19, 2010 at 04:15 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Replace i7 desktop with i5 MBP? 1,103 Views / 7 Replies  
I'm expecting to order an i5 MBP shortly. Ideally, I'd like to be able to replace both of my current machines - a dying Thinkpad (C2D 2.0GHZ) and a Core i7-based (2.8GHZ) desktop - with the MBP.
...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Apr 19, 2010 at 12:53 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Excellent! I see that Smalldog has my... 4,194 Views / 13 Replies  
Excellent!

I see that Smalldog has my preferred configuration, but it's backordered. Still cheaper than local, even with the Education discount. I'll post my performance question (vs. i7...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Apr 19, 2010 at 12:06 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I considered that too but I don't know what the... 4,194 Views / 13 Replies  
I considered that too but I don't know what the screen situation would be in that case - would ordinary retailers get 2.4GHZ i5 models with matte screens?
Posted by mfbernstein, on Apr 17, 2010 at 11:26 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Thanks for the tip. Student discount on a base... 4,194 Views / 13 Replies  
Thanks for the tip. Student discount on a base 15" i5 with matte screen is $115. That covers around 2/3 of the sales tax here...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Apr 17, 2010 at 09:38 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Okay, thanks for the info. Guess I'll... 4,194 Views / 13 Replies  
Okay, thanks for the info.

Guess I'll probably go for the i5 then, although availability may be an issue with the matte screen.
Posted by mfbernstein, on Apr 17, 2010 at 05:10 PM, in Mac Notebooks
i5 vs. i7 vs. C2D 4,194 Views / 13 Replies  
Popped by the nearest Apple store this afternoon for a look at the new machines. Ran my favorite floating point benchmark on 3 of the MBPs. Was a bit shocked how much better the i5 and i7 were than...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Apr 16, 2010 at 07:44 PM, in Mac Notebooks
That really sucks. I don't know what to say,... 1,576 Views / 36 Replies  
That really sucks. I don't know what to say, other than to be persistent, and if they continue not to be helpful, to try and escalate the issue to the higher-ups at the repair center who might have...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Mar 24, 2010 at 02:37 AM, in Mac Desktops
$660? Ouch. There's something to be said... 1,576 Views / 36 Replies  
$660? Ouch.

There's something to be said for going the hackintosh route, I guess...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Mar 22, 2010 at 12:20 AM, in Mac Desktops
Thanks for the suggestions folks. Meant to... 1,254 Views / 36 Replies  
Thanks for the suggestions folks. Meant to respond earlier, but have been busy these last 2 weeks. I gave PostBox a shot, but ultimately decided to stick with Thunderbird which has proven reliable...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Oct 21, 2009 at 11:55 AM, in Applications
Thanks for the link Steve. I ended up just... 821 Views / 4 Replies  
Thanks for the link Steve. I ended up just biting the bullet on an Apple battery as the FastMac has been out of stock for a while.
Posted by mfbernstein, on Oct 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Didn't know they'd added back the matte screen... 821 Views / 4 Replies  
Didn't know they'd added back the matte screen option. Cool! Still, I prefer the older AlBook/MBP design.

As to fire insurance, fair enough. I take it you're saying there are no good options...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Oct 4, 2009 at 01:41 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Lightweight native e-mail client 1,254 Views / 36 Replies  
Hello,

I'm switching back to OS X after a few years away. I used to use Thunderbird for e-mail, and of course that's still an option, but I was wondering what other good options exist.

My...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Oct 4, 2009 at 12:06 PM, in Applications
MBP pre-unibody battery replacement 821 Views / 4 Replies  
Just got an MBP pre-unibody (wanted a matte screen) off fleaBay. Machine works well, save for the completely dead battery.

Any suggestions on where to get an affordable (and hopefully reliable?)...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Oct 4, 2009 at 11:41 AM, in Mac Notebooks
That's what I was thinking. I can understand... 1,452 Views / 39 Replies  
That's what I was thinking. I can understand wanting to standardize, but couldn't they easily offer it as a BTO option for an additional $50-100? The alternative - alienating a substantial number of...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Oct 14, 2008 at 11:54 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Okay, I guess that settles the 'what'. But I... 1,452 Views / 39 Replies  
Okay, I guess that settles the 'what'. But I still don't understand the 'why.' Surely they could have offered a 'matte' option, perhaps even charging extra for it, to appeal to photographers and...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Oct 14, 2008 at 07:10 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Glossy screens on all Mac laptops? 1,452 Views / 39 Replies  
I gather from the recent announcement that the MacBook Pro now comes only with glossy screens? I assume the regular MacBooks are the same as they were a year ago (glossy), and the MacBook Air is...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Oct 14, 2008 at 02:57 PM, in Mac Notebooks
NeoOffice is an interesting option, thanks. The... 358 Views / 2 Replies  
NeoOffice is an interesting option, thanks. The problem is that these things often work fine for simpler documents, but break down for more complicated ones, so I'd prefer to stick to programs that...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jul 17, 2008 at 01:33 AM, in Applications
Word 5.1 and 98 - converting to newer format 358 Views / 2 Replies  
Hello all,

I've a friend who recently upgraded from a PowerBook G3 to a MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, he has a large number of files in Word 5.1 , Word 98, Excel 4.0 and Excel 98 format. Does anyone...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jul 13, 2008 at 01:14 PM, in Applications
Or to make a long story short. Apple doesn't... 3,484 Views / 129 Replies  
Or to make a long story short. Apple doesn't believe in backward compatibility. Good on them, but it's asinine to blame the developers for not rewriting their apps every time Apple has another change...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Apr 7, 2008 at 09:42 AM, in Applications
Engadget now has a thread on 'improving' the MBA... 12,998 Views / 410 Replies  
Engadget now has a thread on 'improving' the MBA (http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/08/how-would-you-change-apples-macbook-air/#comments). Interesting stuff...

I finally had a chance to test the MBA...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Feb 9, 2008 at 07:43 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Given the other reports, either some machines... 12,998 Views / 410 Replies  
Given the other reports, either some machines have defective batteries, or there's a substantial difference in testing condition between Anandtech and the others who tested.

Anandtech also tested...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Feb 7, 2008 at 08:29 AM, in Mac Notebooks
If you want to minimize heat, and increase... 14,878 Views / 14 Replies  
If you want to minimize heat, and increase battery life, you'd be better off not installing Leopard (in fact downgrading to Panther will help substantially).
Posted by mfbernstein, on Feb 6, 2008 at 11:38 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I'd like to know what model SSD they're using.... 12,998 Views / 410 Replies  
I'd like to know what model SSD they're using. Samsung's newest is supposedly pretty close (http://www.engadget.com/2007/11/10/samsungs-64gb-ssd-better-faster-stronger/) (within 15%) to a 5400RPM...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Feb 6, 2008 at 11:33 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Ars tested the SSD model... 12,998 Views / 410 Replies  
Ars tested the SSD model (http://arstechnica.com/reviews/hardware/macbook-air-ssd-review.ars). Performance (subjective) is a lot better. Battery life? Still 2.5 hours. Guess all MBA users are...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Feb 6, 2008 at 08:33 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Uhh... The SSD model MBA should be very nearly as... 12,998 Views / 410 Replies  
Uhh... The SSD model MBA should be very nearly as fast as the MBP for that. Compiling is mostly CPU intensive, with a bit of HD seeking thrown in for good measure. What's the problem?
Posted by mfbernstein, on Feb 4, 2008 at 12:55 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Ars Technica has a review... 12,998 Views / 410 Replies  
Ars Technica has a review (http://arstechnica.com/reviews/hardware/macbook-air-review.ars) now. 2.5 hours of battery life? Ouch! At least the 4200RPM HD doesn't seem to be too painful though.
Posted by mfbernstein, on Feb 4, 2008 at 10:41 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Carbon Copy Cloner, SuperDuper and a command line... 4,841 Views / 45 Replies  
Carbon Copy Cloner, SuperDuper and a command line app called dd. SuperDuper doesn't fully support Leopard though, so that leaves Carbon Copy Cloner as the easiest and (IMO) best option.
Posted by mfbernstein, on Feb 3, 2008 at 08:08 PM, in Mac Notebooks
iFixit has a teardown of the MacBook Air... 12,998 Views / 410 Replies  
iFixit has a teardown of the MacBook Air (http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/First-Look/Mac/MacBook-Air). Quite collection of parts.
Posted by mfbernstein, on Feb 1, 2008 at 10:02 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Yes. When you close the screen, it will start to... 450 Views / 3 Replies  
Yes. When you close the screen, it will start to go to sleep. Tapping on the (external) keyboard or moving the (external) mouse should wake it up. If neither of these work, unplugging or plugging in...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 28, 2008 at 08:30 PM, in Mac Notebooks
No iBook G4 came with USB 1. USB 2.0 was... 772 Views / 4 Replies  
No iBook G4 came with USB 1. USB 2.0 was introduced with G4 for the iBook.
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 28, 2008 at 12:18 PM, in Mac Notebooks
For creating a bootable clone, see the CCC docs... 539 Views / 7 Replies  
For creating a bootable clone, see the CCC docs (http://www.bombich.com/software/docs/CCCHelp/content/clone.html).

To boot off an external drive, hold down option on bootup. You should get a list...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 28, 2008 at 12:06 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Use it for a bit to make sure other things work... 20,757 Views / 12 Replies  
Use it for a bit to make sure other things work reliably. No point in spending money on it if there turn out to be other intermittent problems. If there aren't, then a keyboard replacement from eBay...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 27, 2008 at 10:33 PM, in Mac Notebooks
You can also use Carbon Copy Cloner... 539 Views / 7 Replies  
You can also use Carbon Copy Cloner (http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html) to create a bootable clone of your MacBook on your external drive. Then if you put the new drive in your MB, you can...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 27, 2008 at 10:28 PM, in Mac Notebooks
$300 or $400 amortized over the 2 to 3 year... 990 Views / 19 Replies  
$300 or $400 amortized over the 2 to 3 year lifetime of a laptop isn't really so much, that's true (an extra $18 a month for the $400 over 2 years case).

Claiming, on the other hand, that there...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 27, 2008 at 10:22 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Err... yes, sorry. I can't read today. I blame... 717 Views / 5 Replies  
Err... yes, sorry. I can't read today. I blame whoever made the 250GB option appear above the 200GB option on the CTO page.

I didn't realize, however, that one could get lucky and receive a...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 27, 2008 at 10:11 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Uh... Usually spilling liquid on your computer... 1,686 Views / 12 Replies  
Uh... Usually spilling liquid on your computer voids your warranty to begin with. AppleCare does not cover against exploding drinks.
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 27, 2008 at 07:17 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Particularly weird since Apple doesn't offer a... 717 Views / 5 Replies  
Particularly weird since Apple doesn't offer a 200GB drive, even for their CTO models. Seems like this Mac had been 'customized' by its previous owner prior to being returned...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 27, 2008 at 07:10 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Not a fan of the erasertip, but the ThinkPad does... 721 Views / 7 Replies  
Not a fan of the erasertip, but the ThinkPad does have a full-sized keyboard more reminiscent of the titanium PowerBook G4 than the current MacBook/MacBook Air.

Will be interested to see how the...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 25, 2008 at 05:55 PM, in Mac Notebooks
You want to spend at least $300 more on a 1.06GHZ... 3,451 Views / 67 Replies  
You want to spend at least $300 more on a 1.06GHZ machine? The Core 2 Duo is a nice processor and all, but that'd pretty much remove the possibility of anything more CPU intensive than video decoding.
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 25, 2008 at 05:49 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Engadget reviewed the MBA... 12,998 Views / 410 Replies  
Engadget reviewed the MBA (http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/25/macbook-air-review/). Battery life results seem odd.

(And sorry, I got carried away earlier. My bad. I apologize)
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 25, 2008 at 05:20 PM, in Mac Notebooks
See this thread... 539 Views / 7 Replies  
See this thread (http://forums.macnn.com/69/mac-notebooks/358331/upgrade-mb-80gb-hard-disk/) for starters.

Short suggestions: you need a 2.5" SATA drive, go for 5400RPM or faster, try to get a...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 25, 2008 at 02:27 PM, in Mac Notebooks
TomsHardware has a roundup of some of the newer... 2,955 Views / 28 Replies  
TomsHardware has a roundup of some of the newer drives (http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/01/24/hdd_galore/). Another negative of getting a drive with an enclosure and removing the drive is that you...
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 25, 2008 at 02:10 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Good idea. Unfortunately, not as easy as it... 530 Views / 5 Replies  
Good idea. Unfortunately, not as easy as it seems:

1) Many apps litter the filesystem with files outside of the /Applications directory. Separating apps and system files from each other is a pain....
Posted by mfbernstein, on Jan 25, 2008 at 02:05 PM, in Mac Notebooks
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