After a very, very long wait, Apple has finally updated the Mac Mini, their entry-level "bridge" Mac. It's amazing that, after 19 months without an update, Apple's new Mini looks exactly the same as the old Mini. But what's under the hood matters, and Apple delivered a mixed bag there. The new Mini is an excellent home server, which is how mine will be used, but some poor … [Read more...] about New Mac Mini Is A Diamond In The Rough
A brief moment of panic today: I open up my MacBook Pro and can't log in. The left half of the keyboard doesn't seem to work, and there's an odd green light on under the function keys. Turns out, it's just Num Lock, which I've never used. Thanks, Apple, for making an entirely inscrutable Num Lock indicator and darkening an otherwise bright day of travel! … [Read more...] about Panic! Green Light and MacBook Pro Keyboard is Half Dead!
I've now been a Mac user for two months. Since I switched primarily to get access to Apple's excellent hardware, I thought I would issue an update on my observations about it at this point. I should note that I'm limiting this post to the hardware (maybe I'll cover OS X some other time), and that I'm using a maxed-out Late-2007 2.2 GHz MacBook Pro. Although some shortcomings … [Read more...] about Switch Day 58: Ten Pros and Cons of the MacBook Pro
Just a quick tip tonight about something that's been nagging me. I love my IOGear MiniView Micro GCS632U KVM, but I've had a weird problem since hooking it up to my new MacBook Pro. See, the IOGear uses a double press on the Scroll Lock key to switch views. But every time I type this while connected to the Mac, the screen dims two notches. Pretty quick, it's completely … [Read more...] about How to Keep an IOGear KVM from Dimming Your Mac’s Screen
The lowly computer keyboard is so ubiquitous that it can seem unchanging, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is one of the most important components of any system, and has survived all assaults by new technologies from the mouse to the pen to the microphone, yet its evolution is marked by legacy functions and terminology that can leave computer users scratching … [Read more...] about Command and Control: The Clash of Keyboards