thinking about the new MacBook

I’ve been using my new MacBook for awhile now, and there’s one thing that completely annoys me: the trackpad.  I’ve spent quite a lot of time messing about with the preferences, and I still find myself having difficulty using it.  The problem is in fine movement.  If I care about just nudging the cursor a…

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my Mac as a media centre

Someone recently asked me how I’ve got my home media centre set up. I wrote this up in response to them, but then figured that it could be shared more broadly. I have a Mac Mini (the previous generation) running Snow Leopard (plain Snow Leopard, not Snow Leopard Server). It’s hooked up via a DVI-to-HDMI…

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setting up the new Mac

As I mentioned earlier, I bought a new MacBook. My old MacBook was the first-gen black one, and it was getting quite long in the tooth. Spurred on by a good deal at MicroCenter (thanks again to Peter Cohen for alerting to me it!), I got one of the new unibody MacBooks. Since it’s just…

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laptop adventures

It’s been an exciting laptop week here, and it’s only Wednesday! First, the bad news. On Monday morning, I dropped my MacBook Pro on my left foot. The laptop has the teensiest of dents on the corner that I dropped it on. My foot, on the other hand, has two broken bones. The staff at…

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new members of the family

My home network has seen three changes lately. The first, which I’ve been wanting to do for ages but hadn’t quite gotten ’round to yet, is a new Mac Mini. My old Mini, the last of the PowerPC minis, was my media server. It was hooked up to a pile of external drives, which housed…

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thoughts on the Apple Tax

I keep on hearing about the Apple Tax again, and I keep on hearing people on both sides of the issue getting quite upset about it. The thing is: both sides are right. The Apple fanboys say that if you take a Mac and then go to Dell (or Sony, or Lenovo, or whoever) and…

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decisions, decisions

The Backup Fairy got cranky at me and backhanded me. I preach the gospel of backups, and I’m really good about backing up my computers in the office, but I’d been remiss in backing up my personal MacBook. So she decided that it was time to teach me a lesson, and killed the hard drive…

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Q&A: How is your Mac Mini set up as a media server?

When I posted about my new Mac lust, I mentioned that I’m currently using a PPC Mini as my media server. Someone asked what that looks like. The basic idea is really easy. Start off with a Mini. Add in more RAM (which probably isn’t essential if you’re only doing audio playback, but is definitely…

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a personal Mac history

The Mac is now 25. I am 32. I don’t remember the introduction of the Mac, and I don’t recall ever seeing the 1984 ad. In fact, I was only vaguely aware of the Mac until I hit college. My schools never had Apples or Macs, and none of my friends had one either. For…

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will Apple give me a netbook?

While I desperately (desperately!) want an updated Mac Mini, the thing that I’ve been pining for forever is an ultra-lightweight laptop. It’s been on my wishlist for every single stinkin’ MWSF and WWDC that I’ve attended since I joined MacBU. So you can imagine how my heart leapt when I read the following tweet from…

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