Archive for the ‘MacBook Pro’ 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?


You know it’s summer when…

June 3, 2008 1 comment

Apple rolls out the “buy a Mac, get a free iPod” promotion. If you’ve seen this in the past and thought that it was pretty cool, wait til you see this one! If you buy a qualifying Mac, you get a free 8GB iPod Touch! Is that just an amazing deal, or what? Not only do you get the education discount, but a free iPod on top of that. If you’re a college student (or about to be this fall), it’s well worth a look. It’s how I got my MacBook Pro discount (if you’ll recall 😛 ).

One of the interesting things about the promotion is that you could choose between either an iPod Touch or an iPod Nano. Now why would you pick a Nano when you could have a Touch? I have a thought about that as well, but I’ll save that for tomorrow, because honestly <yawn> it’s my bedtime.

Categories: Hardware, iPod, MacBook Pro

Size does matter…

July 20, 2007 Leave a comment

smaller size, that is. Especially if it’s the MacBook Pro’s power adapter.

I just found this on the TUAW site. It says that the MBP’s power adapter is shrinking to something closer to the size of the adapter that comes with the MacBook, but will still be capable of putting out 85W.

I think I’m going to have to order myself one of those for my travel bag and keep the original adapter at home. (Actually, that gave me an idea for a post. I’ll have to let you know what I use to transport my MBP…)

Anyway, here’s a size comparison… (The new one’s on the left 😉 )


Categories: Hardware, MacBook Pro

Locked-up! Part II

July 14, 2007 Leave a comment

Back on June 30th, I experienced the first lock up on my Mac.  This evening, I had the same thing happen to me.  It wasn’t after a screen capture, it was actually bringing it out of its semi-sleepy state (the display and hard drive were off because I was gone for an hour, but the system was still on).  I just moved the mouse around as I usually do and the display powered back up.  However, the mouse pointer remained the beach ball and the display wasn’t updating… just like before!

This time, though, I printed out a ‘cheat sheet’ of keystrokes.  I tried cmd-opt-esc to bring up the force quit menu.  No go.  I tried ctrl-eject (bring up shutdown/sleep/logout dialog).  No go.  This time I even tried it on the MacBook Pro’s keyboard instead of just the external keyboard.  No go.  I was about ready to try ctrl-cmd-eject (restart immediately) when a crazy thought entered my head.  What if I were to give it something else to think about input-wise, not just keystrokes?  But what?  And then I saw it.  The little green light of the magsafe connector.  I pulled the magsafe plug from the MBP, and to my amazement, it came back to life!  Like nothing had ever happened.  Weird.   Anything like this ever happen to you?

Categories: Hardware, MacBook Pro

I’m not just a Switcher, I’m an Updater too!

July 4, 2007 Leave a comment

I’d had my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.4.9 for just about a month when Apple released 10.4.10.  Being an old Windows hand, I automatically questioned doing that update right away.  It turns out that some people did have some issues with the new update, such as the “snap, crackle, pop” speaker issue that was fixed by this update.  So I’m actually glad I didn’t update my system as soon as 10.4.10 came out.  However, just the other day, Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.10 Update v1.1.  This time I went for it and downloaded and installed the update from their website.  I noticed that the size of the download is 72MB.  When Software Update offered to download and install it for me, it reported the file as being 49MB.  That is quite a difference, so I decided rather than let Software Update do it for me, I would download it myself from the website.  I won’t know now if they’re different, but I thought I would bring it up.  When I check “About this Mac”, it reports that it’s 10.4.10 without the v1.1.  So just wondering, does anyone else see the v1.1?

It seems to be working fine, so I won’t complain — at least not yet. 😛

Categories: MacBook Pro, Software


June 30, 2007 Leave a comment

Tonight was a new experience for me.  Well, for my Mac actually.  I was checking out keyboad shortcuts at this site.  For a noob like me, it’s an indispensible site.  I know there are many others.  Just Google. 🙂

Anyway, I had just done a screen capture (Cmd-Shift-4) and double-clicked on the resulting .png file when the screen just froze.  Froze!  I could move the mouse around, but no response from anything I clicked on.  The keyboad had no effect either.  The caps lock key would light up, but cmd-tab would not do anything.  My iStat Menus in the menubar wouldn’t update.  Everything was just frozen.

Since I was new to the Mac, I didn’t know what the equivalent to Ctrl-Alt-Del was.  So I just held down the Power button until the Mac turned off.  Luckily, turning it back on brought the Mac up just fine.

The one weird thing I noticed though was that the startup sound was on.  I checked the  startup sound preference pane, and it’s still on.  Guess I’ll find out if it still works the next time I start up.

Anyway, it seems to be working fine now.  After all, I’m writing this post. 😀

The one thing I’m wondering about, though, is if shutting it down by the power button was the right thing to do.  Was there something else I should have tried?  After all, I know how to handle these types of things in Windows, but Mac OS X?  I’m a noob after all.  Any advice would be appreciated. 🙂

Categories: Hardware, MacBook Pro

Backing up is hard to do…

June 27, 2007 Leave a comment

Okay, the play on song lyrics and titles is getting a wee bit stretched here, but bear with me… 🙂

On my old Windows PC, I created a batch file way-back-when to copy important documents to a second hard drive I had installed in the PC. Unfortunately, the backup drive is only half the size of my main PC drive, (and smaller than the Mac’s hard drive as well) so there is no way I’m going to be able to back up both the PC files and my new Mac’s files onto that drive. I decided I would get an external backup.

After a little looking around, I decided on an external USB 2.0 drive. I ended up with the Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB external USB 2.0 drive. That should be enough room to keep my files around, eh? My plan was to connect it to the PC and back up both the PC & the Mac through the PC.

So without looking too much into what I should be doing, I connected it to my PC and formatted that puppy to NTFS. So far, so good. I created a directory for the PC and backed up my files, then I created a directory for the Mac and using the backup program SuperDuper!, I started backing up my Mac. I soon discovered though, that based on the throughput, it was going to take well over 3 hours to finish the backup!  (SuperDuper! was making a fully bootable backup of my hard drive…)

I decided that it might be better if I connected the My Book directly to the Mac through the USB. What I came to find out, and what a lot of you probably already know, is that the Mac cannot write to an NTFS formatted partition. I found some information on NTFS-3G and MacFuse to allow me to do that, but in the end, I just decided to create two partitions using Disk Utility on the Mac, format one for the Mac (HFS Extended), and the other for Windows (NTFS using Disk Management to format that partition). Once the drive was connected directly to the Mac, the backup took a little over two hours. Still not great, but I estimate it cut off 35% -40% of the time to backup! Now that I have a complete disk backup, I need to find a way to just backup some of my important documents on a daily basis. That will have to be the topic for another post. Anyone have any suggestions here?

Although I can’t read the Mac partition on the My Book from Windows, I really don’t care about that. I can, however, at least read the Windows partition from the Mac. I know there are numerous other ways to do what I did, but this works for me for now. Maybe later I will figure out how to get NTFS-3G working on the Mac. I’ve also read that for best performance, I should get a FireWire external hard drive instead of USB (at least for the Mac).

Ah, well. Live and learn. And have a whole heckuva lot of fun doing it! 🙂