Manila Mac AirMail sleeve? It's that sleeve for the Mac Book Air that's designed to look like a traditional manila envelope like the one in the Apple ads. The AirMail sleeve was promoted with a big splash shortly after the announcement of the MacBook Air at Macworld Expo 2008 in January. I ordered one for US$29.95 on 18 January after the Web site claimed to be shipping units on 29 January, just like the MacBook Air. Since then the price has been increased to US$39.95. On the 29 January Manila Mac sent out an email saying that heavy demand pushed the AirMail back "about a week." On 9 February another email, "another two weeks." On 18 March I received an email stating that my AirMail had shipped and it arrived today, almost two later. Image Gallery: I've created a gallery of photographs of the Manila Mac AirMail sleeve. The AirMail is just ok. That's about the best thing I can say about this novel notebook computer sleeve. It looks almost identical to a traditional manila … [Read more...] about Manila Mac shipping AirMail sleeve for MacBook Air
The Intel Developer Forum makes it clear what Apple's new notebooks - which I predict will be announced Tuesday, September 16 - will offer. Will it be worth the wait? If longer battery life and higher performance are important to you - yes. And if you weren't waiting? The new designs and features may make you rethink your allegiance to Windows - as so many already have. IDF tells us a lot So what's coming? Here's what the Storage Bits crystal ball reveals: Quad cores. The Lenovo W700 already offers quad core computing in a large notebook. Apple dominates the high-end notebook space so they can do no less. Not on all Macs but certainly on the high end 15"and 17" notebooks. Switchable graphics. Graphics cards are power hogs. Turning off a gigabyte of VRAM and the graphics chip is a big power saver. Users don't need dedicated graphics surfing the web and reading email. This will be a feature on the high-end notebooks, while the low end Mac books will continue with integrated graphics. … [Read more...] about IDF and the new Mac notebooks
In the busy run up to VMware's VMworld, a number of technology suppliers have introduced me to new products. My friends at Parallels showed me their take on what users of Windows XP should do. Rather than migrating to Windows Vista and then on to Windows 7, Parallels thinks that folks might be happier moving to a Mac. They're now offering Parallels Desktop® Switch to Mac Edition™ to facilitate that process. If I was a CIO facing a move of thousands or perhaps tens of thousands of people to newer generation systems and from Windows XP to Windows 7, this might be an interesting option. Here's what Parallels has to say about their Switch to Mac Edition Parallels Desktop Switch to Mac Edition includes everything you need to get up and running on your new Mac: Comprehensive learning tutorials that teach the ins and outs of the Mac Easy to use migration tools that make moving your old PC as easy as plug and click The fastest way to run Your PC on Mac — without rebooting. … [Read more...] about Parallels Desktop Switch to Mac Edition: An alternative to Windows 7?
posted on 12 Dec 2015, 05:34 6 1. IOSANDROID (Posts: 120; Member since: 30 Sep 2015) Lol I didn't see that one coming, actually I didn't even know of those issues posted on 12 Dec 2015, 05:53 8 3. NoToFanboys (Posts: 3170; Member since: 03 Oct 2015) Wait for the haters, they'll give you more details. posted on 12 Dec 2015, 21:02 2 44. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014) At least Microsoft is quick to admit this one. Not like fruity who always come up with excuses such as the customers fault. posted on 12 Dec 2015, 05:43 0 2. Piyath_ale (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Nov 2015) Bugs... posted on 12 Dec 2015, 06:02 0 4. iusshpandeh (Posts: 250; Member since: 23 Jul 2014) I have SP4 i5 8 GB version, 4 days old, and battery life is better than my old SP3! I usually get ~6 hrs mixed usage! posted on 12 Dec 2015, 06:02 0 5. Piyath_ale (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Nov 2015) Nice move posted on 12 Dec 2015, 06:18 0 6. … [Read more...] about Comments for : Microsoft apologizes for frustrating Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 owners
Trello users can now access the project management tool directly from their desktop after the launch of native Windows and Mac apps. The software had previously been browser-based only, meaning that Trello boards could easily get lost amid a multitude of browser tabs. The company said in a blog post that the desktop app should make the software simpler to use, since Trello has added a navigation sidebar to help keep track of boards in a similar fashion to channels on collaboration tools such as Slack. Other features include “more granular” keyboard shortcuts and desktop notifications. Those using the latest Mac Book Pro laptops will also be able to open boards and create new cards from the Mac’s Touch Bar. A desktop presence is an important option for collaboration or productivity tools, said Gartner research director Larry Cannell. “To be successful, workers need to be using them on a day-to-day or minute-by-minute basis,” he said. … [Read more...] about Trello adds desktop apps for Windows and Mac users
CIO Michele Goins of Juniper Networks decided to try an experiment — one that could prove costly in the end. She chose Mac as the platform of choice for a test group of 600 employees. From her perspective, "If the support costs aren't too high, let's open the floodgates and 'go Mac.'" As she says, "If we opened it up today, 25 percent of our employees would choose Macs."Oddly enough, Apple isn't beating down her 6,100 person user base door. Possibly because Apple recognizes it's key market — consumers, graphics designers, and educators — and has chosen to stay within that market. But the same thing that keeps hordes of Apple salespeople from Ms. Goins' door may be one of the drivers of its success.In the first quarter, Mac sales were beyond what the company anticipated. Sales went 51% beyond the previous year, more than three times the rate for the personal computer industry. With the sales of other consumer goods such as the iPod and iPhone in the mix, and … [Read more...] about What if business buys a Mac?
This is Part 2 of a series about me and my new Mac. Part 1 of the series is here: The saga of me and my new Mac: Conception and deliveryAnyone who has risen up from the command line is very accustomed to doing everything on the keyboard. When mice were first introduced to the computing landscape, many of us just let them sit on the desk. For a long time, my mouse had a little furry cover over it to make it look more "mouse" like. What the heck, I wasn't using it for anything and it entertained the cats.When I shifted into system support, I had to change. Suddenly there was a greater need to use the mouse. It was a lot easier to teach a user to drop down the menu from "file" and select "Open" than it was to tell them "Alt + F" and then "O." But teaching meant doing, so I learned to grasp the almighty mousie and guide my end user. After many months of such teaching, my keyboard skills began to erode.Fast forward to the XP world where everything is working for me. Scroll mice had … [Read more...] about Me and my new Mac- The terrible twos
Apple servers and enterprise computing are rarely mentioned in the same breath but the fact is, there are some "niche" industries that rely on Mac Pro servers to host their mission-critical applications. Industries that traditionally have used Mac Pro servers for mission-critical applications include publishing, music and movie rendering/animation.Stories abound of music studios, publishers and video animation studios placing rows of Mac Pro servers in their data centers to achieve the processing power needed to do their daily work. In most cases, they can probably find a PC-server alternative, but they choose not to, because the software and the ergonomics of the Mac in their eyes are unequaled.For these enterprises and small businesses, Apple's recent announcements in June, which seemed to leave the Mac Pro behind in its product development plans, sounded an alarm. Upgrades were confirmed to replacement of aging CPUs, and seemed to be more in the spirit of just keeping the machine … [Read more...] about Meager Mac Pro upgrades worry enterprises
Some of our end users made the request to use Macs in our environment, which has been basically all Windows (except for a few Linux servers). I set about finding the best way to manage these Macs in our little Windows world. I put the question out to other admins to see what they were using to manage Macs and the answers I got back were mostly along the lines of "we don't" or "let us know what you end up doing." Those options weren't viable for us so here are the other options I found: Changing the Active Directory schema so that you can manage Mac policy via Group Policy Management, using software like Likewise or Centrify, or setting up what is called the "Magic Triangle." I went with the latter as it seemed to be the option that offered the most flexibility while still managing the devices with account policies. From the research I've done, changing the Active Directory schema is the least recommended setup as it could corrupt your current Active … [Read more...] about Managing Macs in a Windows Shop, part 1
In the week since we last spoke, Susie reviewed the MacBook Pro models with the new Touch Bar. She finds the Touch Bar very useful, a refreshing change in how we use our Macs, and perfectly in line with technology's recent focus on putting the stuff you need in front of you when you need it.Then Apple announced a vanity project that really stretches the word vanity: _Designed by Apple in California_, a coffee table book slash wordless design manual that could be a cool idea if the proceeds were going to any number of charities. (Spoiler: They are not.) So we share our feelings about that, and then extend the discussion to Apple's attitude overall lately. Let us know your thoughts, too.Apple Pay rolls out support for nonprofits to make donations quick and easy by Caitlin McGarry“Designed by Apple in California” chronicles 20 years of Apple design, Apple's press release about the photo bookApple's newest product is a $300 photo book by Caitlin McGarryMacBook Pro with Touch … [Read more...] about Podcast 534: The Mac book that isn’t a computer