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Cloudscout's Avatar Picture Cloudscout – January 14, 2008 10:08AM Reply Quote
iBox
Box mini
Box Pro
BoxBook
BoxBook Pro

The more the boxes change, the more they stay the same... or don't.

(talk about the hardware here)

ARL (Moderator) – April 30, 2008 07:30PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
Mmmm...

Nvidia GeForce 8800 512Mb goodness. That's not bad for a consumer Mac

Jeff Cooper – May 05, 2008 05:48AM Reply Quote
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Dr Phred
Just upgraded to 320GB drive in my Macbook Pro. 186GB free!

Of course 320GB=298GB but who's complaining....

Reaching back a bit, but I'm contemplating this upgrade myself. Which drive are you using, Dr. P (WD? Samsung?)? And how is it doing after a couple of months?

John Willoughby – May 05, 2008 07:40AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I upgraded to the highest capacity 7200 rpm drive. I got a Hitachi 200GB drive, and it's been fine for 4 months+.

El Jeffe – May 05, 2008 08:52AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
all I know is I've seen a IBM deathstar drives fail twice.

Jeff Cooper – May 05, 2008 11:38AM Reply Quote
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John Willoughby
I upgraded to the highest capacity 7200 rpm drive. I got a Hitachi 200GB drive, and it's been fine for 4 months+.

Thanks, JW. Capacity is more important to me than speed. I'd been thinking of a 250 GB drive, but the price of the 320 has dropped so much in the last month or so.

Dr Phred (Moderator) – May 05, 2008 01:23PM Reply Quote
owned by the mothership.
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Jeff Cooper
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Dr Phred
Just upgraded to 320GB drive in my Macbook Pro. 186GB free!

Of course 320GB=298GB but who's complaining....

Reaching back a bit, but I'm contemplating this upgrade myself. Which drive are you using, Dr. P (WD? Samsung?)? And how is it doing after a couple of months?

according to system profiler: WDC WD3200BEVT-22ZCT0

It's still working great. Not the fastest drive in the world, but space won out over speed for me.

Jeff Cooper – May 05, 2008 04:45PM Reply Quote
Thanks, Dr. P. I think this will probably be a late spring/early summer project for me (new hard drive, more RAM, Leopard, Parallels).

Cloudscout – May 06, 2008 01:55PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Happy 10th Birthday to the iMac.

rino – May 06, 2008 05:14PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Jesus, you'd think that in 10 years they could at least ship one with a floppy drive!

Cloudscout – June 17, 2008 08:16AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I upgraded my dad's G4/800 iMac. He ordered it the day they were released and they've used that thing every day since then. It's been the only computer in their house for years (he did get a work laptop a few months ago but that's strictly for work).

I've added an AirPort card to the machine and bumped it from 512MB to 1GB RAM. I also replaced the 60GB drive (on which they were down to 3GB free) with a 250GB drive.

The final touch involved delving into Open Firmware to trick the Leopard installer into believing it was an 867MHz G4 so it would install.

The machine should last him another year or two now. The biggest drawback at this point is the lack of USB 2.0 ports. It makes syncing their iPod a painful experience.

Madaracs – June 18, 2008 05:55AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
Impressive



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Madaracs – June 27, 2008 09:59AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
I have a friend with a 13.3 Macbook Late 2007 (black) that the screen was broken by a bystander on an airline. (they bumped into him) He has applecare which doesn't help him. Apple wants $830 and 10 days to repair it. Is there any way to get this taken care of not through the normal channels?

stan adams – June 27, 2008 10:12AM Reply Quote
Back alley mac abortionist. You bring the guy a coat hanger, $300 in cash, don't say a word, close your eyes and in 20 minutes it is over....

But seriously, there are folks with legitimate skills that are competent enough to replace the screen at about half the Apple rate. Mostly they do operate on non-retail basis in some out of the way industrial park so that only UPS really knows where they are...

I personally have not needed their services, but I have known folks who have, and the work seemed like a good value.

Replacement screens are generally available on ebay. Not sure if these are true OEM or just OEM equivalent, I think Apple frowns upon actual service parts being sold non-channel...

No particular recommendation. Usual caveats apply -- use only your most trusted Visa/MasterCard, verify shipping with plenty of emails, clarify what is covered and for how long.

Cloudscout – July 12, 2008 11:23AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
The SuperDrive in my MBP no longer works.

It reads CDs just fine but won't read or write DVDs. I've tried DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW as well as pre-recorded DVDs. It spins up for a little bit and then spits the disc back out.

At least I have 4 months left on my warranty. I'll have to bring it in on Monday.

John Willoughby – July 12, 2008 01:25PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Mine died, too. First no DVD, then no CD. Replaced under warranty, all fine since.

Dr Phred (Moderator) – July 12, 2008 06:08PM Reply Quote
owned by the mothership.
They do that a lot. I've had mine replaced about a month ago.

stan adams – October 31, 2008 09:43AM Reply Quote
Posted here because I could not find Apple Enterpirse (nor can anyone else...)

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/31/technology/business-computing/31apple.html

The implication is that Mr. Papermaster ( a name one must love...) is THE GUY that Apple wants to help make it into a "full stack" computer company -- in the model of IBM or Sun. While it is exceedingly unlikely that Apple would enter the real IBM or Sun turf, there is quite a lot to be gained by being a "full stack" type computer/technology company on the consumer/iPod/iPhone side. Imagine if Apple could legitimately claim technological leadership / differentiation. Imagine if they decided to be able to present advanced silicon designs to whatever fab they choose. Imagine if there was a long term way to a place where no one would copy anything important from Apple...

tliet – October 31, 2008 04:36PM Reply Quote
Would that really be Apple's plan, to become a supplier of chips and designs? I have a hard time believing that with Steve Jobs on the helm. He's the master of closed proprietary designs with built in obsolescence to make you go out and buy the next model from Apple.

But who knows...

edit; if they would solely do this for their own designs, with their sales numbers it might indeed make sense to stop paying for royalties or other people's chips when you're doing 20-30 million devices like the iPhone and iPod touch.



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stan adams – November 01, 2008 03:15AM Reply Quote
I think the whole idea of a "closed loop" makes the "Apple innovation" much stronger. In some ways it is easier to do this in the consumer space than the Enterprise world. Considering even Blades I can think of many places that have invested in RLX or IBM units and then switched over to HP gear with nary a peep from the end users (of the Admins pulled out a lot of hair and sometimes were on the losing end of fights with their bosses {rubs old bruises...}).

In the consumer space if new HW with chipsets of higher efficiency / more capacity come out and Apple is offering them as an "all or nothing" option the consumer is likely to fork over the full price over and over -- the DATA {including Apple supplied Apps) from an old iPhone will be "consumer movable" to a new iPhone but it certainly won't be easliy moved to a device from Samsung or RIM or whoever.

Apple offers an integrated solution and I would expect them to "integrate" as much as practical from the lowest level circuitry inside to the IP of the look & feel. Already there are some touch screen offerings that would seem to threaten parts of the Apple franchise, so it would make sense for them to invest in SOMETHING that will help them differentiate. If that differentiator also saves them money (per unit) then it makes even more sense.

bahamut – November 01, 2008 05:04PM Reply Quote
well thus far the aluminum macbook is the happiest laptop i've owned since my pismo. wish they brought back the swappable drive bay but still.... this baby seems solid for once.

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