When Apple announced the new Retina MacBook Pro I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Thin, light and powerful plus there’s that amazing “Retina” screen. What more could someone ask for at $2,799?
Well in my case, I ask for twice the RAM (16GB) for an additional $200. Then there’s the processor which is fabulous at 2.6GHz but I’d always wonder how much faster my video would render with that extra 100MHz so another $250. The stock hard drive is a hefty 512GB SSD, which was enough for me since once my video/photo is edited, it all goes back onto my Drobo. Since it is 100% non-user repairable, I have to add AppleCare, $350.
The total, after tax, is now $3,911.83. Luckily I have a situation where I can get it for about $700-1,000 less, especially if I drop the CPU to 2.6GHz. That’s still a lot of cash and in the end, is the Retina MacBook Pro the best option? Keep on reading…
My AppleTV has been acting up… I think it might have something to do with the fact it gets two trillion degrees… There is a fan in there but damn, that thing gets hot. I opened it up to replace the hard drive, using Engadget’s directions.
First, let’s look inside
Fan vent along the left, fan on the bottom left, audio/video, ethernet, usb, power inputs on the bottom. Power supply along the right etc etc, nothing special (cough, this thing is fucking crazing).
Sadly, my upgrading of the measly 40gb drive to a 160gb drive didn’t go so well. Engadget’s directions didn’t quite work. Hard to mess up terminal commands…
I was a little to hard on the Calibrize people… I admit it. I guess it’s the moodswings I’m getting these days
The creator of the software was kind enough to make a comment regarding why there are macs on the website when the software doesn’t work on a Mac, unless you run Windows on the Mac using Bootcamp or some similar software.
By Igor on Feb 22, 2008
I’m the idiot who came up with that software so I guess I should explain.
The pictures is what we have. We use Macs. However, most of our customers use Windows and are therefor missing out on the built in calibration utility that Apple ships with its computers. We simply made a (more or less) similar utility for Windows to at least get our customers in the right color ballpark.
Obviously, because there is no use for Calibrize on Mac, we never bothered to develop it.
So, anyways, they make a great piece of software that is free for those poor unfortunate souls who are stuck running Windows.
Apple sent me a serial for the new Aperture 2 software which was released today. I was pretty excited about installing it and getting to play around with the new goodies. iPhoto seems to crap out on me around 20gb. Right now I’m at about 40gb and, it’s just not panning out so well. I guess it isn’t really iPhoto’s fault, it just wasn’t made to handle 4mb pictures, especially thousands of them.
So, Aperture fills the gap that iPhoto leaves. They supposedly integrate but I have never been able to get my iPhoto to talk to the previous version of Aperture. I was hoping I could use this new version but… Here’s what I get when I copy and past my serial.
Ugh. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to pick up a copy in the store instead.