Saturday, February 26, 2011

New Macbook Pros Notes

  • I'm happily surprised by the new Thunderbolt port. As far as I can tell, it seems that Apple/Intel has made a PCIe connection into port, allowing for the super high speed data transfer. I wonder it a company will make an external graphics card?
  • Cherry Su pointed out that the new 13 inch MBP's have a downgraded Intel 3000 integrated graphics card. I don't know much about the 3000 series of Intel graphics, but I have a feeling that it's going to get much worse performance than the previous 13" MBP's (even with the i5/i7).  It would be interesting to perform a performance benchmark with a maxed out Macbook Air versus a 13" MBP.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Paper Towel Tube MacBook Stand

My ailing macbook has recently been having some heat issues (it frequently sounds like a jet engine!) so over the past few weeks I've saved toilet paper and paper towel tubes to create a stand for it. I realized that I final had collected enough tubes, so I stapled them together in a hexagonal fashion. The stand is quite sturdy and my macbook's fan has been blowing as much. Perhaps in the future I add horizontal holes on the stand to allow for more airflow.

Paper Towel Tube Stand

Paper Towel Tube Stand