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New Apple laptop roundup

October 11, 2008 Leave a comment

Now that the special event on 14th October is official, speculation, rumours and leaked fuzzy photo’s are rampant. It’s pretty obvious that the event will focus on the Macbook, Air and Pro so here is a roundup of news published so far.

Apple “notebook” event is on, October 14th!

Sources: latest MacBook Pro photo is the real deal

Notes of interest on recent Apple MacBook case leaks

13″ Aluminum MacBook Pictured on Invitation?

Rumors of sub-$900 Apple notebook trickle in before event

NVIDIA platform claimed likely for new MacBook line

New MacBooks to be based on NVIDIA GeForce 9400 / 9300 chipsets?

Cheaper Macbooks in aluminium cases with Nvidia graphics? Time to start hinting to Mrs Basshead that the old Macbook is getting a bit slow and cranky. Roll on 6pm (Uk time) Tuesday 14th October.

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Security Update 2008-007 tested on hackintosh

October 11, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s been out for a couple of days, but since I spent most of them replacing a roof I’ve just got around to installing it. Security update 2008-007 addresses many issues in Mac OS and is a recommended update. It worked fine on my hackintosh when installed through Software Update and there’s no new kernel (still 9.5.0).

Do mac users need Antivirus?

October 11, 2008 2 comments

I posted a while back on the various Antivirus apps available for the Mac. Anyone interested in an update should have a look at the article on Macworld that looks at the threat and makes some interesting points. And don’t forget that Windows running in a virtual machine (using VMware, Parallels or the free Virtualbox) is still Windows so needs protection.

One of the comments left after the article raised a good point, why hasn’t there been a major security breach of Mac OS X? Now that the Mac’s market share is growing there would be a lot of publicity for whoever writes the first widespread security threat, so where is it? is this luck, or is Apple doing something right?

OpenOffice.org release 3 available now

October 11, 2008 Leave a comment

The big push doesn’t start until Monday, but the third release of the OpenOffice.org office suite is now available from mirror servers. I grabbed the Mac version (with native Aqua interface) from the UK mirror server a short time ago but there is a long list of worldwide mirror servers at the distribution.openoffice.org site.

I had a quick play with the suite this morning and so far I’m impressed. The Writer component managed to import my CV (resume) with no problems. It’s a Word document with lots of fancy tables so the software coped well to keep all the elements where they should be. The interface looks a little dated with white toolbars, but for a free office suite the Mac version of OOo 3.0 looks like a highly usable bargain. Also available for Linux, Solaris and Windows, read on for a screenshot gallery. Read more…

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