Would you like a 23-inch MacBook? Of course you would. Jeff Porten knows how you can use an old PowerBook as a secondary screen for another, newer notebook. It’s a hack, but it works, and might be a good option if you don’t mind lugging two laptops around:
I’ll answer the question that I’m sure many of you have been pondering: yes, this setup is entirely portable. I toss both laptops into my Brenthaven backpack and I’m good to go. My guess is that the total weight I’m carrying is in the ballpark of 25 pounds; in any case, the bag doesn’t feel any heavier than it usually used to when I was just carrying around my 17-inch PowerBook (and maybe a book or two).
PandoraBoy gets my vote for fun-app-of-the-day. It’s a simple wrapper for Pandora, which usually has to run in a browser. While Pandora’s never caused any problems in Camino, it feels nicer to have it running separately.
Michael Tsai has some sobering words about his experience of owning a MacBook Pro:
Today I ran Drive Genius, and it found some more bad blocks. I decided to send the MacBook Pro to Apple. The guy on the phone was very nice and didn’t ask me to perform any additional tests. In retrospect, I probably should have given up on this drive sooner. He promised that Apple would replace the drive, rather than try to repair it. I’ve written down the drive serial number from System Profiler to make sure. It’s annoying that every time I call Apple they ask if I want to extend my AppleCare beyond the first year.
My hard drive is steeped in malware, spyware, trackware, adware, trojans and sniffers. Windows constantly downloads new and bloated upgrades of its software on my behalf, leaving me with an overloaded, underpowered machine and a version of Internet Explorer that I don’t know how to work. What happened to copy and paste? How am I supposed to plagiarise with this?
And if my use of “thusly” in the paragraph above isn’t proof that I am precisely the sort of middle-class, Guardian-reading, Mac-using liberal that Charlie Brooker so perfectly satirized, I don’t know what is.