Thursday, January 17, 2008

MacBook Air

I'm sure that by now, you've seen the MacBook Air. If you haven't, wow.

Next time Apple does some conference, check out for live blogging. They had an auto upater and pics and I think it was better than Gizmodo or Engadget.... sorry guys!

But anyway, here is what I think about the MacBook Air (you may have seen these before)

- Portable (super duper portable)
- Awesome trackpad
- Smooth
- No disc drive

- No replaceable (by user) battery
- Only 1 USB
- No disc drive
- Mono audio output

I know the whole deal with the optical drive. And I know you can use someone elses drive, but from what I understand, you have to have some special disc to put in their machine to setup the remote assistance...

Also, then 1 USB. Yeah, that's not going to work for me unless I'm careful. Plus, my mac has eSata (card), DVI out (full size), 2 USB but firewire 400 and 800.

Overall, very cool. I still want one, but as an extra, not primary. For most people, it may be enough as a primary, and that's cool.

My friend and I were talking about the lack of the optical drive. Long story short, people flipped when Apple pulled the floppy drive from their computers and they believed there would not be much more use for floppies.

So, when was the last time you backed something up to a floppy? Yeah.

And with the release of Time Capsule (which I love!), you can totally tell or guess at least that Apple is investing in the internet as a way to store/send/transfer/access data.

Even though they are on the board for Blu Ray, I bet that deep down inside, Steve Jobs doesn't have much faith in discs anymore.

What do you think?!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

You have 2 new emails!

I got these emails yesterday. I thought it was interesting...

Obviously, one is very clean, the other, cluttered.

I really like how you have to start protecting your new PC right after you buy it and download crazy updates, but don't worry, I'm not naive in thinking that when you get your new Mac, you have to software update, it's just funny to me.

Oh, I made a hybrid too. Using Seashore, I'll review it once I get over how mad I am at it...

Monday, January 14, 2008

App Review #2

Comic Life (1.3.4)

I thought Comic Life came on all new Macs, but a friend of mine just got a new iMac and doesn't have it.  I'll have to get to the bottom of that...

But if you have Comic Life, I totally recommend that you check it out.  It's really easy, and a quick Google search will show a ton of people that have made their own comics.  Some good... some not so good.  

But it's fun! 

Being a Halo fan (for the XBOX), I thought it would be a lot of fun to make a Halo comic using some of Halo 3's new features (the Theatre mode).

It's pretty much this... after you play a game in Halo, you can go back and watch the replay, and pause, move the camera around and take pictures and video...

Then I upload the pics and download them to my Mac and put them in Comic Life.

My friend sent me a video with himself and another friend of mine and called it "Comeback" so I made a comic for them.

So you bring your pictures in, create the page layout (drag and drop templates) then add "word bubbles" and you're pretty much done!

It's very simple and you can get a pretty decent looking end product!

Do you have any comics you've made that you want to share?  Leave a comment and well get in touch so I can post it!

Check out the whole Halo comic I made: "Comeback"

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Protection. What did your parents always tell you?

Yeah, you have to use protection... for your Mac.

When I first got my MacBook Pro, I got the classic In Case black neoprene case.  I like it.  It won't protect from hard falls but for in my Timbuk2 messenger bag, it's protected from those little jolts and bumps.

But for Christmas I got a new Timbuk2 backpack that has a built in laptop sleeve.  That way I don't have to use the In Case case.

Either way, it's really important to protect your investment.  I mean, even I like that "used" look but excessive scratches are not always fun.

I also recommend iKlear and some sort of keyboard cover so your keys don't rub into your screen.  That iKlear stuff works wonders, no lie!  I'll do a review on that later on maybe.

Do you use anything special for protecting your Mac?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

App Review #1

Application: SMC Fan Control

If you have an Intel powered Mac, then I highly suggest this (sorry everyone else OS X 10.4 and higher only!).

This is especially handy if you have a MacBook or MacBook Pro.  They have been known to get pretty gosh darn warm on your lap.  So instead of burning your legs, download this.

It tells you the temp of the processor/s and the fan rpm at a glance and it's very easy to setup different profiles such as: Max RPM, Fast Quiet... or whatever!  That's what I've named some of mine.

Some may find the fan noise slightly annoying, but you get used to it and I'll just put it on Fast Quiet (5210 rpm) when I'm doing an audio or video chat so the fan won't disrupt the audio.

But the fans won't usually go into the max rpm on their own unless they really, really, really need to but if you are doing editing or ripping a dvd or just want to keep things cooler, crank that fan soulja boy!

This is certainly a must in my mind.  Do you have it?  What do you think of it?  

Here's the link again.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

First Post?

Gosh, I hate writing that first post... but it is the first post!


Thanks to the awesome guy that gave me this "domain" name!

Did you just get a mac?  Well this is a good place to be then!

I plan on giving you some awesome ideas for programs.... reviews on them... and just general new mac person stuff!

We can learn together!

Ok, too much for now, see ya later!