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  1. nomore

    Apple TV questions

    That's a very good question. Peer to peer would be great... however I think they're hoping that people get the new Airport base station. It's form factor looks as though it may be stackable with Apple TV/Mac MIni, and it has the ability to mount external hard disks on the network without them being connected to a computer. This could be used as network storage for media that runs on iTunes and Apple TV.
  2. Have you read the article? It is comparing the 2.0GHz CPU MacBook Pro with the 2.16GHz CPU MacBook Pro... and it states that even though there is only 8% difference in clock speed, the 2.16GHz MacBook Pro is up to 43% faster in some applications... they then went on to find out that this is because the GPU (311MHz to 423MHz) has a variable clock speed on the 17" (2.16GHz CPU) MacBook Pro and the 15.4" (2.0GHz CPU) does not have the same facility.
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    Recommended Free or Cheap Software List

    Networking Bits On Wheels: Fantasic OS X only Bit Torrent client with 3D packet views... very stable, and much more responsive than Azureus. Video iSquint: Video conversion program. Very fast. Supports lots of formats, e.g. mov .mp4 .avi .dv .mpg .vob .3gp .asf .wmv .flv .m4v Video Downloader: Not strictly a Mac application, but this allowes you to download videos from YouTube, Google, MySpace etc. from any web browser. Change the file extension to .flv and then use iSquint (above) to convert to MPEG4/h.264 Disk Utilities Disk Inventory X: Disk Inventory X is a disk usage utility for Mac OS X 10.3 (and later). It shows the sizes of files and folders in a special graphical way. It's awesome. Check out this screenshot: http://www.derlien.com/files/screenshot_small
  4. Though the CPU clock speed advantage of the 2.16GHz 17" MacBook Pro is only 8%, it outperformed the 2.0GHz 15" MacBook Pro by as much as 43%, depending on the application. check it out here: http://www.barefeats.com/mbcd2.html
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    MacBook Pro... odd battery phenomenon

    I don't know why anyone would say 3.5 hours is pushing it. I use my MBP for 5-6 hours a day off one battery charge. That's with the Airport turned on, and the screen brightness is just set to Apple's detault auto settings. It's not heavy load... just XCode, Safari and iTunes, but it does last a long time.
  6. I've used my MacBook Pro for about an hour running on battery power. Both CPU cores turned on. The battery meter states that I have 3 hours and 20 minutes remaining. If I turn the second CPU core off (so just one is turned on), logic would suggest that I should get longer battery life because one core uses less power than two cores. But what happens is that the battery meter goes down to 2 hours and 9 minutes. I left it on one CPU for about 10 minutes, but it didn't go up. I turned the 2nd CPU core back on and the battery life has gone back up to 3 hours 17 minutes. I'm just wondering if anyone else has noticed this. Seems you get more battery life with more CPU performance.
  7. I think the hard disk design is brilliant... litterally plug & play.
  8. I thought the RAM levers looked a bit stiff. Hopefully this isn't something that wil break. It's not everyday that RAM is changed.
  9. Hi I have purchased a Logitech S530 keyboard and mouse. They are wireless. There is a problem with the mouse though. When I boot up, the mouse tracking speed is way too fast. I have to go into System Preferences and lower the speed from 4 to 3, then back up to 4. This makes the tracking speed normal. What is odd though is that if I reboot, the tracking speed will be really fast again.. and then I have to change it from 4, to 3 and back to 4 again. Logitech support has not been of much use. Reinstal drivers. Make sure I'm an Administrator on the computer etc... this is all the help they can offer. Is this a known issue with OS X or is it a problem that only affects this Logitech mouse?
  10. Apple saw sense and are going to refund the difference. Rock on!
  11. £100 = $184... and as I've said... it's only been available for 4-5 days in this country. Apple usually keep their price points static for months at a time, so it is not cool that the people who ordered first have to pay $184 more.
  12. nomore

    glossy vs. matte

    From my experience, dark colours are very dark, and bright colours are very very bright. It's like it stretches the gamut... hence why the contrast on those screens is wrong. Having said that... browsing websites and general use etc... they do look great (if you sit directly in front to avoid reflections).
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    glossy vs. matte

    They look great for general computer use. However, if you're interested in graphics then you will find that the glossy screens have terrible colour accuracy. They're far too saturated, and the contrast is all wrong. I had a Sony Vaio with a glossy screen, and after the initial "wow" factor wore off, the glossy screen was just a hinderance.
  14. it doesn't make sense. They should release the product at a price which they know they will be selling it at. Obviously prices go down after a while, but 4 days is absurd.