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Cloudscout's Avatar Picture Cloudscout – January 14, 2008 03:08PM Reply Quote
Box mini
Box Pro
BoxBook Pro

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

(talk about the hardware here)

stan adams – November 09, 2008 09:25PM Reply Quote
Bit obscure, but details that Hwood is the real road block standing in the way "real deal" BluRay recorders are out there: http://displaydaily.com/page/14/

Kinda makes you wonder what sort of internal politics exist at Sony -- one side of the house might end up killing the other...

ARL (Moderator) – November 10, 2008 12:03AM Reply Quote

You're always happy with your laptop for the first 3-6 months. Give it time...

Simon – November 10, 2008 06:36AM Reply Quote
I bought transformers on blu-ray on the weekend. it looks and sounds great. but at $40 (AUD) a disc they aren't going to take off anytime soon. they need to get the price down to 20-25 a disc. they also need o get the price of the players down. and the price of TVs that you can see the difference on. and they need to stop releasing everything on DVD at the same time.

The price for entry is to too steep once start to add up all the components that make the jump to blu-ray worth while. I can see internet downloads killing off blu-ray before they get any serious traction.

Cloudscout – November 10, 2008 02:56PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I played with a new MacBook Pro this weekend and I really don't like the new trackpad. I could probably learn to tolerate it over time but it's a really stupid idea overall. Seriously. What the hell were they thinking? Now I have to worry about how much pressure I'm applying when I have my finger on the trackpad. Dragging something becomes completely unintuitive since many years of experience tells me to lift my finger up when I get to the edge of the trackpad and move it over to continue dragging but now I can't keep the "button" pressed when I do that.

John Willoughby – November 10, 2008 03:19PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Yeah, it seems like they're trying to force new metaphors for mouse use; more in line with the iPhone. I hate being force-fed change. But being force-fed paper currency is okay for large denominations.

stan adams – November 10, 2008 04:27PM Reply Quote
I am bit flummoxed about that too. I went into the preferences panels and tried to play with the display units at the local Apple Store, I'm used to them have the setting for "two finges == right click" unchecked, but I reallyhad to play around to get it work right. Others have similar issues: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1763231&tstart=0


Wonder if this will another case of "you were right, puck mice were really stupid, sorry, it happens"... http://lowendmac.com/roadapples/roundmouse.shtml

Cloudscout – November 10, 2008 05:18PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
The worst thing about this is that I'm forced to agree with Steve Ballmer about something:


"I'm very sensitive to exactly what mouse I have on my laptop. Can you find a range of choices? [for the Mac] Of course you can't find a range of choices."

John Willoughby – November 10, 2008 06:25PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Actually, there's quite a variety of mice. I'm guessing that he meant trackpads. Does Dell give you a variety of trackpads to choose from? I wasn't aware.

Cloudscout – November 10, 2008 08:28PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I don't think he was comparing Apple to Dell. He was comparing Mac to Windows. With Windows you have a wide variety of manufacturers with various types of trackpads, tracksticks, touchscreens, etc... and *gasp* multiple buttons in numerous configurations. If you want a Mac laptop, you have one option... whatever Apple is selling at that particular moment. The lack of a second mouse button on laptops pissed me off for quite a while. The ability to click with two fingers on the trackpad, however, seemed like a very graceful solution to that particular problem. I felt that along with the two-finger-drag-to-scroll was a brilliant contribution to HID design and it seemed completely intuitive right from the start.

The zero-button trackpad is horribly counter-intuitive. I'm glad my MBP is only one year old since I know I can squeeze a few more years out of it before I need to consider a new one... hopefully Apple will have rectified this problem by then.

On a barely-related note, I got my MBP back from the guys at FirstTech today. I guess Apple responded quickly enough to the proof-of-purchase documentation and approved the warranty repair. I haven't tried burning a disc yet but it's nice to have my laptop back.

rino – November 10, 2008 11:16PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Who here still uses a button?

I use tap to click exclusively. Have since its inception.

Cloudscout – November 10, 2008 11:30PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I've always had problems with tap-to-click so I disable it on any laptop I use.

John Willoughby – November 11, 2008 01:06AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I'm with CS on this one. I hate being frog-marched into new habits.

Dr Phred (Moderator) – November 11, 2008 09:06AM Reply Quote
owned by the mothership.
When I took a Macbook home for the night, I forgot that it didn't have a button. I just clicked the way I always do and the macbook worked and gave me the feedback I expected. I was worried about the lack of button when they announced it, but it actual real world use, I don't notice its absence.

Mokers (Moderator) – November 11, 2008 02:26PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
I didn't notice the lack of button when I used it. Phred is right, the tactile feedback is almost the same.

Cloudscout – November 11, 2008 03:02PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I agree that simple clicking isn't a big deal. I tend to have a lot of windows going at once, though, and am frequently dragging them around (sometimes across multiple monitors) and that's when it gets to be a problem. I also tend to rest my finger on the trackpad and the new design requires me to be conscious of how much pressure I'm applying to the trackpad while my finger is resting there. More importantly, I rest my thumb over the button... that habit will now result in the trackpad recognizing a second finger present.

Last night I thought of a potential third-party product to solve that last issue... a piece of adhesive-backed plastic could be attached to the bottom part of the trackpad which would give the tactile-equivalent of the current button (and would prevent the trackpad from recognizing the presence of a thumb as input). I should patent that.

rino – November 12, 2008 12:43PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
That's where tap to drag comes in handy ... i sometimes turn on drag lock if I am using very large screens.

bahamut – November 16, 2008 09:20PM Reply Quote
The only serious issue I've had with my macbook is the clicking on the trackpad. I've felt that Apple's been doing ok for a while. Annoying me, but ok. Now with the abortion of Leopard (which they've admitted by suggesting they will release Snow Leopard to fix it, a la Microsoft), iPhone inanity, the trackpads on these things, failing keynote, and so on and on, I think Apple's going off the rails again. Maybe not in a big way, but the arrogance is showing and I don't like that.

ARL (Moderator) – November 17, 2008 04:22AM Reply Quote
I nearly always attach a trackball but I think the fancy new trackpad isn't particularly friendly for those with impaired finger dexterity.

Two finger scroll/tap/drag? How the hell do I do that? Bad Apple.

On another note, I've only just noticed the following on the MacBook's tech specs page:

NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory

Um, isn't this like the bad cheap-ass not-so-good intel "integrated graphics" on the previous macbooks?

Why not their own dedicated memory?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/17/2008 04:29AM by Tony Leggett.

ARL (Moderator) – November 17, 2008 04:28AM Reply Quote

I thought this was right - the MBP has two GPUs, one with dedicated memory and one with "shared".

NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics processor with dual-link DVI support; 256MB of GDDR3 memory on 2.4GHz configuration; 512MB of GDDR3 memory on 2.53GHz and 2.8GHz configurations

NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory

Someone please tell me that this "shared memory" thing doesn't mean the MacBook's graphics really still are pretty sucky and that I haven't been getting excited for no reason.

Dr Phred (Moderator) – November 17, 2008 09:03AM Reply Quote
owned by the mothership.
They are not sucky. They used to be sucky when they used Intel integrated graphics. The nVidea integrated graphics are 5x faster. You can actually play decent 3d games with it. The Pro has that AND a dedicated GPU. You can choose which one you want to use, higher performance or better battery life.

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