Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category

This is getting boring…

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

My MacBook Pro has been up and running without a reboot for the last 33 days.  My Windows PCs usually can’t make it past 7 days before needing a reboot, either from it becoming unusable or from a system update.

Guess I’ll let the Mac chug along for a little bit longer.  What’s the longest you’ve gone before having to reboot your Mac?


“I gotta get me one of these!”

January 22, 2010 Leave a comment

This is just way cool.  Who wouldn’t want an iPhone-controlled quadcopter?!  So far no official word on pricing or release date (that I know of–maybe one of you do?), but March 5, 2010 has been thrown around the Interwebs.

Categories: iPhone, iPod, Nifty Gadgets

Oh, boy! A new toy!

January 21, 2010 Leave a comment

I hate to admit it, but I’m getting old and lazy.

Lazy because I have school some nights and I’m getting tired of packing the MacBook Pro to and from campus.  Yes, it’s only about 6 1/2 pounds with power adapter, but with books and such, it gets tedious for me to carry around.  Also, since it’s getting a little older (along with me), the battery only goes for about two hours.  Since my classes are usually 2 1/2 hours long, I’d need to make sure I’m near a power outlet and that’s just not possible a lot of times. (Pshah, did someone say paper notes?  Luddite)  The other reason is that it’d just be nice to grab-‘n-go when I’m at home.  Right now with the MBP, I have to disconnect the power, two usb connectors, the speakers, the external monitor, etc.

So the solution?  Buy myself something that lasts longer and is lighter to carry, but that is also light on the wallet.  I took a look at various Mac based solutions, but even an older MacBook started at $750 and I really wanted to keep it under $600  (I actually wanted it to be under $500, but I gave myself a cushion).  I then turned to netbooks.  Many of them met much of my criteria, such as light weight–around 3 pounds–and inexpensive–around $400–but this is where the old comes into play.  My eyes can’t handle those little 10″ screens!  The resolution at 1024×600 wasn’t too great either.  So maybe I would have to save up a little and spring for the MacBook after all.

But while I was doing some research on netbooks through Liliputing and NetbookTech among other websites, I came across the Asus UL30A.  It seemed to be getting good reviews from any number of places but its specs were what really did it for me…

  • 13.3″ 1366×768 screen (just totally trumped the 10.1″ 1024×600, although I may have been able to get by with an 11.6″ or 12.1″ 1366×768 that a few of the netbooks I looked at had, but that extra inch really does help the old eyes.)
  • Core 2 duo CULV processor (as opposed to single-core or Atom).  This one (the 7300) even supports Intel’s Virtualization Technology.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (as opposed to Home Starter–definitely a no-no).
  • 4GB RAM
  • 320GB HD
  • 12 hour(!) battery life.  This one blew me away, and I found it hard to believe. (Stay tuned for more real-life testing)
  • 3.7 pounds.  Not the lightest, but certainly not heavy, especially when I don’t need the power plug!
  • and other features, which I’ll probably write about in later posts.

I managed to find it at on sale for $630 (so just a little over my budget).  Unfortunately, the price is back up to $750, but even then, that’s not a bad price for the features.

And you know what?  I kind of like Windows 7!   I am sure I will be writing more about it as well as the little notebook in the future as I play with them some more.

Categories: ASUS UL30A, Hardware, Windows 7

Up, Up, and… away?

August 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Yes, I have an iPhone. Yes, I have RC airplanes. But put the two together? Never!

However, these guys did and I think they just created a new ad for Apple. 🙂

Categories: Hardware, iPhone

Mac emulator on iPhone

March 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Now this is cool.  You know I’m a big fan of emulators, and this is one of the more interesting ones.  Who wouldn’t want a retro-Mac on their iPhone.

The catch?  You need to jailbreak it.  I’m tempted…

From AppleThoughts

Categories: Emulator, Hardware, iPhone, Software

Updating my iPhone…

February 6, 2009 Leave a comment

At this very minute, I’m downloading the new 2.2.1 firmware for my iPhone 3G.  I’ll let you know if anything goes amiss!

Wish me luck. 🙂

Categories: Hardware, iPhone

Happy Birthday, Mac!

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Being a Mac-addict and it being Super Bowl weekend, I thought I’d point out that 25 years ago during the Super Bowl, then Apple Computer aired a commercial for its new computer, the Macintosh. And to think, some people thought Apple would not survive five years…

No matter your computer preference, there’s a good chance you remember this commercial or have at least seen it. However, here’s a trivia question for you…
What other personal computer was advertised that Super Bowl featuring Bill Bixby as a pitchman? Remember seeing that one?… I didn’t think so. (Answer below the video)

The computer Bill Bixby was pitching? Radio Shack.

Categories: Hardware