#macbook pro


News from Apple WWDC 2009

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For those that don’t know, Apple’s WWDC (World­wide Devel­op­ers Con­fer­ence) 2009 was this past Mon­day morn­ing at Moscone West, San Fran­cis­co. It’s pri­mar­i­ly for those devel­op­ing for Apple’s prod­ucts (OS X, iPhone apps, etc.) but it’s also for the Apple fans out there as the Keynote usu­al­ly address­es new prod­uct releas­es, etc.

I was tuned in, lis­ten­ing to Ustream’s live stream of the Keynote.1 Pret­ty cool as you can mul­ti­task ver­sus hav­ing to read every new updates on a blog. Though you have to give it up though as the pho­tos on the blog updates are more eye can­dy.

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  1. The record­ed stream can be seen here. Apple’s offi­cial record­ed video here. []

Use the Cavalry 2TB CADA002SA2-B External Drive in OS X and Windows

I recent­ly pur­chased an exter­nal dri­ve to upgrade from my West­ern Dig­i­tal My Book 500GB Essen­tial Edi­tion. I need­ed the upgrade as I am plan­ning to upgrade the hard dri­ve on my Mac­Book Pro some time this year to at least a 500GB (from a 120GB). I decid­ed to go with the Cav­al­ry 2TB CADA002SA2-B exter­nal dri­ve (aka. CADA-SA2).

It was sell­ing for a good price (~1GB/$1) a cou­ple of weeks ago. That and hav­ing the addi­tion­al eSA­TA inter­face helps with trans­fer­ring huge files (3.0Gbps vs 480Mbps, about 6.25x faster). Any­ways, my My Book was cur­rent­ly set­up with the fol­low­ing par­ti­tions:

  • 120GB for HFS+. I just use SuperDuper1 once or twice in a month, and/or when I want to do a OS X update, to have a bootable back­up just in case of Murphy’s Law.
  • And the rest, 380GB for­mat­ted on NTFS. I use that space for back­ing up music, pho­tos, videos, appli­ca­tion install files, etc. both for Win­dows and OS X

I some­what want­ed to do the same with the Cav­al­ry, but I’ve read on their site and their man­u­al that it doesn’t work on OS X 10.5+. Luck­i­ly, some­one post­ed a review on NewEgg that they have suc­cess­ful­ly got­ten it to work with Leop­ard.

You can get this dri­ve to work on Mac OS 10.5. The way Cav­al­ry Tech sup­port told me to do it was to find a OS 10.4 machine, for­mat it on that and then plug it into the 10.5 machine. All I did was put in my old 10.4 disc, boot from the CD and use disk util­i­ty to for­mat it. How­ev­er, if you don’t have a way to boot OS 10.4 you are pret­ty much stuck.

I hope that helps for those who decide to get the same exter­nal stor­age and use it with your Mac prod­ucts.

  1. SuperDuper is the wild­ly acclaimed pro­gram that makes recov­ery pain­less, because it makes cre­at­ing a ful­ly bootable back­up pain­less. []

Apple Releases New MacBooks

If you don’t know already, Apple has just announced its new line of Mac­Books1 ear­li­er at 10 this morn­ing in Cuper­ti­no. Today’s line is a com­plete­ly new build from the ground-up, start­ing with its “uni­body” approach.

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  1. Mac­Book, Mac­Book Pro, and Mac­Book Air []

ExpressCard Media Card Reader for MacBook Pro

I recent­ly pur­chased this from eBay: adapterbest. Works pret­ty good.

This thing is tiny. I almost for­got what I pur­chased as the pack­age that came from HK was pret­ty small.

Here are some specs:

  • Sup­port ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54 slot
  • Sup­port SDHC for­mat
  • Sup­port mul­ti­ple flash cards:
    • With­out adapter: SDHC, SD, MMC, MMC­plus, M.S., M.S. PRO and xD
    • With adapter (NOT includ­ed): microSD, min­iSD, MMC­mo­bile, RSMMC, M.S. Duo, M.S. PRO Duo
  • Rugged and reli­able stain­less steel cov­er
  • Size: 34.2 mm x 75 mm x 5 mm
  • Sup­port Win­dows 2000 and XP, and Mac 10.4 and above

PS. Here’s how it looks inject­ed into the slot.

So Which Should Come First, the Laptop or the Desktop?

It’s been a great year for lap­tops I’d say. After send­ing ginor­mous rip­ples through­out the tech-world with Apple announc­ing that its going to be con­sum­ing some Intel baked goods, com­put­er enthu­si­asts looked more close­ly at the prac­ti­cal idea of buy­ing a Mac.

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