The New Macbook: The Perfect Everyday Laptop Mar12

The New Macbook: The Perfect Everyday Laptop

  The new Macbook is a beauty: lightweight, razor-thin, with a satin aluminum finish and an impressive retina display. Even better, the new Macbook will come in three different Colors: Silver, Space Gray and (drumroll, please!)…Gold.     Yes, gold. Which utterly destroys the simple harmony of the Macbook’s new design. But, for starters, this Macbook is not a computer that will blow your mind. Especially if you consider yourself a techie who always wants the best of the best. The new Macbook is all about your everyday, normal tasks. Want an ultra-thin machine with all the stuff necessary to do the average user’s tasks? Get this beautiful new laptop. But if you want to use image or video editors, game to your heart’s content, use data-intensive tools, give it a pass. When is this Macbook the right computer for you? If you only need a computer for surfing the internet, writing documents or watching movies. And it does those tasks perfectly.     So why is the new Macbook not as high performing as a Macbook Pro? Well, in order to make it so thin, Apple was obliged to using a fanless design, which meant using a processor that doesn’t need one. The solution? The Intel Core M. This processor doesn’t boast the performance of an Core i5 or i7, but it is a great processor that combines both mobility and performance. What are the drawbacks? Of course, by attempting to mix just enough performance with a fanless processor, what you get is a mixed processor that’s not the best in any category. It does it’s job, and admirably so, but we’re not talking the leader in processors here.     In summary, this processing balance combined with Apple’s fluid design make this $1299 laptop a very...

Share files between Mac and Windows with exFAT Oct07

Share files between Mac and Windows with exFAT

Sharing your files between a Mac and Windows machine is not easy. In fact, just thinking about it gives me a headache. You can transfer a few photos or smaller files with a USB drive (usually formatted as FAT32). But if you want to have a shared hard drive to watch movies, a shared library with large amounts of data, a shared anything, FAT32 will definitely let you down. Why is that? One of the biggest limitations of FAT32 is that you can’t transfer files that are larger than 4GB (such as raw movie files). As a result of the format, if you want to transfer a larger file, you just can’t do it. Additionally, if you think you can format a hard drive in Windows as a FAT32 partition, the maximum size available will always be 32 GB. Thus where the 32 in FAT32 comes from. Which means you might end up making a hundred teeny partitions if you want to want to share any file that’s bigger. So what do you do? The answer is: exFAT. exFAT is a Microsoft proprietary file system that Windows and Mac can both read and write. It eliminates the 4GB limitation you have with FAT32, and with a maximum recommended capacity of 512 TB, you won’t have to worry about storage space anymore. Furthermore, it is extremely easy to format a hard drive using the Windows format tool.   How to:   In Windows 7, select your device (usually an external hard drive of some kind). Right click and select “Format…”, selecting exFAT from the file system drop-down menu. Click “Start”, wait until it does its thing, and you’re done!       Some words of caution, however. Nothing is perfect and exFAT is not perfect...

Is it worth having TWO Computer Screens? Feb01

Is it worth having TWO Computer Screens?

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to increase your productivity at your workstation? Do you ever tire of opening and closing and opening yet again all those application windows on your desktop? Well, the answer to your problems is here: get a second screen!     Wait…say what? Yes, get yourself two computer screens. Many people ask me if they should spend money on buying an extra screen for the laptop or desktop computer. If that person has a laptop I always say: You definitely should. If that person uses a desktop instead, I usually ask: what’s your current screen size? And if it’s smaller than 23 inches, hit repeat; I give the same advice as I did for a laptop. So why is it worth having a second screen?   Reason #1 It makes every task on your computer so much easier. If you do any kind of work on your computer, you will be running multiple programs all the time. For example, if I’m working on an excel sheet I generally have Excel, Safari, Word and sometimes Adobe open at the same time (Yes, I have a Macbook too). If I only had one screen to do all this, I’d be constantly minimizing and maximizing windows or switching virtual desktops. I’d eventually get the work done, but I always feel like I spent most of my time not doing my work, just opening and closing windows.   Reason #2 Save time for things that matter. You use a computer to make life simpler, right? When I first started using two screens I couldn’t believe how much time I saved. Sometimes I took less than half of the time that I used to. In fact, a study from Microsoft showed that it...