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Internal Modem 1 votes (5.26%)
Firewire 800 4 votes (21.05%)
Both Internal Modem and Firewire 800 3 votes (15.79%)
Do Not Use Either 11 votes (57.89%)
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Poll: Internal Modem/Firewire 800 Regular Users
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Jan 12, 2006, 02:26 PM
There's been much debate in the "MacBook Pro [Macworld Official Thread]" thread about the elimination of the internal Modem and the Firewire 800 port. How many people here that currently use Powerbooks use their internal Modems and Firewire 800 regularly?
( Last edited by mojo5436; Jan 12, 2006 at 02:42 PM. )
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Jan 13, 2006, 05:19 AM
There's been a massive debate in that thread? Wish it wasn't over 10 pages, makes it a pain to keep up with. I stopped reading after 3, hopefully the mods will allow multiple threads again soon, since also big thread are a pain in the search results.

Anyhow, I've used my modem in my Powerbook once, only to test an ISPs PortMaster I helped config. Didn't work anyhow, as my only phone line in the house is Vonage, so I ended up using someone elses laptop at their house.

FW800, never used it. I have a FW400 enclosure, and an iSight, but never needed to use both at the same time to justify buying a FW800-FW400 cable. If Apple would have thrown in a FW800-FW400 plug adapter, it might have been used once or twice.

The speed gains on the new system are much more important to me then losing a firewire port, or having to get a small USB modem. I doubt the modem will ever return to any Apple system in an internal way, and FW800 might not, so I suppose if these features manage to outweigh the performance gains, then grab a PowerBook G4 now.
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