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HAPPY 50,000 VIEWS!

The Mac Newb Tube has reached an excess of 50,000 views in our meager six months of existence! Thank you all for giving us some eyeball space among some very hard competition. We love the input and hope to hear more! What else are TheMNT readers looking for here? Drop us an email or comment below. Thanks again!

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April 2, 2008 Posted by | Blog Post | Leave a comment

Apple TV Take 2… now with intercooler?

[TheMNT Quick Post] It’s been our observation here at TheMNT that our Apple TVs have been feeling a lot cooler to the touch since the update. So much that I don’t fear placing the remotes on top of them… What are you guys experiences? Any one have links to actually before and after temp readings?

March 27, 2008 Posted by | Blog Post | 1 Comment

“ViMac” aka Vista on the iMac, Vista / XP on a G4?

[Update] For those of you (all two of you) wondering how goes our new (occasional) migration back into the Windows world at TheMNT… quite well! Vista Home Premium is up and running beautifully on the iMac 2Ghz C2D via VMWare Fusion. Bootcamp was a little much for the light use which we will be using, so virtualization seemed like the perfect solution. Here are the details and screens:

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  • Vista is being emulated on (only!) a 4GB partition on the Mac, space efficiency was a goal. Dual core processing enabled and 1GB RAM of the available 2GB being used.
  • Remote hard drive space provided free by Xdrive (5GB) and Skydrive (5GB)! Xdrive includes a nifty desktop UI for easy, .mac like access. Microsoft Skydrive is still working on a solution to this obvious omission (currently web UI only).
  • File sharing between Mac and Win folders a breeze.
  • Aero interface (glass and transparencies) still not supported in Fusion. True MS eye-candy cannot be fully tapped… yet. 😦
  • Time and date stuck in a weird international time zone. (Fixed!!!)
  • Safari better than IE7 bar none. Better rendering and quality of photos, faster speeds, etc…

So far so good. Now to get XP or Vista on the ol’ Powerbook G4… have any of you readers had to do XP on a G4? Let us know how you did it! (Virtual PC 7?)

    March 21, 2008 Posted by | Blog Post | , , , , , | Leave a comment

    The Mac Newb Tube reader… who are you?

    We here at the TheMNT want to thank our readership for continued traffic and hits. We get a kick out of being part of the Mac community at large, and greatly enjoy bringing you the news in our, eccentric, ways. So what’s up with YOU guys (and gals)? Drop a line and say “hi”, brag and boast about your Mac set-up, tell your switcher story, whatever! We want to see a few quick comments from you, the readers.

    Thanks again and I hope to hear from you guys!

    March 12, 2008 Posted by | Blog Post | 4 Comments

    Truth is in the teller: so how is Leopard on those G4s anyway?

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    Being a switcher of this year, I am hesitant, though equally excited to make the leap to Leopard. Our Intel iMac will handle it no problem, I am hesitant to make a new Mac out of my old Mac, a 1.33Ghz Powerbook 17″ G4 running 1GB of RAM. All the vitals are on the iMac, and the Powerbook is more of the on the go Mac, so no worries about losing precious data. I’m just curious to see what the Powerbook will be like under OS X 10.5 under the hood. How are your guy’s, The Mac Newb Tube reader’s G4s faring? Is there any glaring features that just make the portable Mac that much more competent and powerful through Leopard (say Back-to-my-Mac)?

    Also, the reviews are in, and the consensus is that although not a necessary upgrade, Leopard will definitely put a new Mac on your Mac. A very good one at that. Upgrade times are looking like less than one hour (about 45min) and Spotlight indexing a little longer. The only hiccup reported during installation of Leopard are conflicts and bugs with Application Enhancer (used for such apps as Cleardock) that causes blue or black screens upon start up. Those who have encountered the issue recommend uninstalling of APE and concurrent apps.

    October 26, 2007 Posted by | Apple News, Blog Post | 3 Comments

    Increase in Mac Sales? iPod + Mac vs. PC Ad Campaign!

    Today, John Gruber of the Daring Fireball blog posted this comment concerning Apple’s phenomenal Q4 numbers in Mac sales:

    I don’t think there’s any single explanation for why this is happening now. There are many factors at play, and almost every single one of them is in Apple’s favor.

    I for one (as a recent switcher) wanted to chime in, in layman’s speak, the factors that came into play this past year in my switch. I guess, just so the current Mac Newb Tube reader can get a ‘lil more info at this blogger at large.

    First, the iPod. My wife, my infant son at the time, and I traversed the dreaded corridor that is I-5 between the states of Oregon and Washington, mainly for family trips and begging grandparents. Both of us are musicians, and have music playing 24/7. The combination of traffic plus switching CD’s during the four hour haul equals the potential for local news disaster material. I’ve had college friends that have embraced the iPod beforehand, trying to get me to adopt as well. I decided that this would be a perfect opportunity to take the leap and get our combined libraries in one easy place for trips. Then, after two months of fighting over whose iPod it was, we added another 30GB (this time white, for her) to the family. It was the interface, the ease of use, iTunes and it’s sleek UI on our PC… all of these factors that made us instantly fall for the little wonder. Then, it turned my head in another direction.

    Our Dell laptop had a mini melt down months before our son was born, and before replacing it, along came the little guy and I had really no time nor want to replace the other little guy (the laptop, I mean). So for the next year, we lived in general bliss from the internet, checking our email and myspace here and there, but really having no obligation to the net for work nor pleasure. It was really a fun time, with oodles of time for the baby and this first time dad. Then, along came the Mac vs PC ads. Let me tell you, I’m no sucker for ad campaigns and cheap slogans, but being completely purged of Microsoft and tech for awhile, and seeing this new option of the Mac (this during our courtship with the iPods mind you) I began to really see the light. So then came the iMac that graces our desk. Then the Powerbook that graces my work. Oh, and next the AppleTV that… we’ll you get the picture.

    I guess to sum up, there are many factors that ultimately get you into becoming a Mac user (and an Apple sales statistic). And honestly, Mac has gotten this tech nerd back on track! But, from my experience, there is ONE overlying factor above all… and if I could just figure that out and bottle it…

    October 23, 2007 Posted by | Apple News, Blog Post, Tech News | 3 Comments