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Macbook Pro w/ the Freshness of Retina Technology

Last month I said goodbye to my ole trusty Blackbook and hello to my new Macbook Pro with the freshness of Retina technology.  I have been really patiently waiting to replace my old Macbook and glad I did. This new Macbook Pro w/ Retina is pretty much the best thing since sliced bread.

My pride and joy

The wife and me with our pride and joy

My Mac Build:

Display: 15.4-inch Retina display
Processor – Intel 2.3GHz quad-core i7 processor,
Memory – 16GB RAM
HDD – 256GB flash storage
GPU – Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated graphics as well as the Nvidia GeForce GT 650M

My thoughts on my new Macbook Pro w/ Fresh Retina Tech:

Screen: The new retina screen is absolutely stunning. It’s 5.18 million pixels is quadruple the resolution of last-generation’s baseline MacBook Pro. Picture going from SD to HD TV, it’s basically the same experience. The other amazing number worth mentioning here is the 178-degree viewing angle, which which means you can see the screen from basically anywhere.

Retina Display

Hardware: It’s super thin. The thickness measures in at 0.71 inches (about as thick as a usb port) and it only weighs 4.46 pounds. In exchange for weight, you’re not being asked to give up all that much. The optical drive was left out but there is a convenient SD and HDMI slot on the right. Also gone is the Ethernet port, replaced by a Thunderbolt adapter (It’ll cost you $29.99.) Likewise, the FireWire 800 port has been removed, replaced by a separate Thunderbolt adapter. The new MBPR comes standard w/ USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt ports. (Interestingly, Apple chose not to make the USB ports blue, as they’re both 3.0 and, therefore, there was no need to differentiate like the PC’s.) There’s the now-standard single headphone jack on the left side and the soon-to-be-standard MagSafe 2 connector.

Performance:  Any laptop that can run Diablo 3 and not be considering a gaming laptop should blow your mind. It runs Diablo and any other apps with ease. When you turn the Mac on it boots in less than 10 seconds thanks to the flash HDD which is very nice. I have finally found a computer that is faster than I can keep up with. No more waiting around for the computer to process. You’ll be on the next screen before you even click the mouse.

Sound: Amazing for a computer that is so thin. To sum it up the sound on my mac sounds better than my Samsung LCD TV I have in my living room.

Battery life, noise, and heat: I tested the battery life and the system lasted around 7 hours (which was advertised). Heat, yes it gets hot and you can burn yourself if you touch where the GPU is located but there’s no cause for concern. The GPU averages temps of 60° C and the CPU 50° C under stress. Also the fans are so quite you wont’ even notice when they come on.

Verdict: There is no one word to sum up how fresh this Mac is. Simply put it’s amazingly fresh. I mean when you’re holding a computer that is as thin as an USB port and can do everything a desktop can it’s simply amazing. If you in the market for a new mac you can get $200 off with the education discount through Apple. On top of that you get a free $100 Mac App store gift card, mine is yet to arrive (be looking for a post of what apps to get when it does). All in all this laptop is the best I’ve ever laid hands on. If you want a laptop that is fast, thin, light, and will last for several years look no further than the new Macbook Pro w/ Retina.

More fresh tech coming soon. Until then Stay Fresh My Friends

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iPad 3 Event Today

Yippie ki yay! It’s Apple announcement time again. The iPad 3 announcement is today at 12:00PM CST or 10:00AM PST.

Here’s a few places you can go to see the live blog:

Gizmodo Live Blog

Engadget Live Blog

Wired Live Blog

Mashable Live Blog

Also you can follow live on twitter for fresh 140-character highlights of what’s going down:

@gadgetlab

@wired

Stay Apple fresh my friends!

All good things must come to an end

Today I flipped on the internet and found out some not so fresh news. Apple’s new OS, Mountain Lion, won’t be supported on the ol trusty black Macbook of mine.

Here’s the list of unsupported Macs for Mountain Lion:

Any Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook from late 2007 – late 2008 (Model Numbers: MB061*/B, MB062*/B, MB063*/B, MB402*/A MB403*/A MB404*/A, MB402*/B)
• The Mid-2007 Mac mini (Model Numbers: MB138*/A, MB139*/A)
• Late 2006 polycarbonate iMac (Model Number: MA710xx/A)
• The original early 2008 MacBook Air (Model Number: MB003LL/A)

If you want to check your Mac and see if it’ll place nice with Mountain Lion click on the Apple at the top left and select “About This Mac”. On the screen that comes up, click “More Info”, then look under the hardware section.

It’s been a good ride I’ve had her since 2008 lasting me through college and then some but I hate to see her go. On the bright side it looks like I now have an excuse to get a new Mac

Fresh Tech Blogs

So as many of you know my thing is tech. I read tech, write tech, talk tech, eat, sleep and breathe tech. With that in mind, what better to share than some of my freshest tech blogs? The number could probably be higher, but here’s 10 sweet tech blogs you really ought to read. Some are super nerdy and for techies only, but many aren’t. Enjoy!

Lifehacker – This site is one of my favorite tech news sites. It offers tech-related productivity tips and news and articles on how to get things done.

Gizmodo – This site offers reviews of gadgets, gizmos and cutting-edge consumer electronics.

Engadget – Its witty and short tech articles, breaking tech news and exclusives are updated around the clock.

Digg – Technology focused news site where the stories are chosen by community members rather than editors.

Wired – Focuses on current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and culture.

Techcrunch – Group-edited weblog about technology start-ups, particularly the Web 2.0 sector.

Apple Insider – Great site for up to date apple news and rumors.

Mashable – This is your source for anything and everything on Web 2.0 startups and applications.

Boy Genius Report – They’re full of rumors and leaks, and are almost always right.

Ars Technica – Heavy on the geekery, but full of interesting thoughts and niche pieces.

Protect fresh speech. Stop SOPA and PIPA!

I’m sure you have heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). They are two bills that sound like they have a positive aim but, in reality, have serious potential to change and make the internet unfresh as we know it. The following video below by Fight For The Future explains the effects SOPA and PIPA can have on our internetz:

So you ask yourself what can I do to keep the internetz fresh? Well that’s simple.

Tell congress not to censor your web:

http://americancensorship.org/

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

Call your elected officials:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:CongressLookup

http://www.publicknowledge.org/e-parasite-stop-online-piracy-act

Censor your website in protest:

http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/join-our-censorship-protest/

http://www.hellobar.com/pipa/

Petition the Obama Administration to veto the bill:

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/

For more information about these unfresh bills go here

Soluto, as coo as the other side of the pillow

If you’ve been looking for a fresh way to remote into computers and fix problems with ease, I’ve found a solution. It’s called Soluto. Now you can manage all of your (and your family members’) computers from one web interface. It’s in private beta, but I’ve got invites for anyone who wants to try it out.

To get a quick overview of Soluto check out this vid:

All you need to do is install the Soluto system tray app on their computer (Windows only for now, I know Mac haters), and you have full control over the troubleshooting of that machine without having to deal with screen sharing or other clunky options. You can open up Soluto’s web interface on any computer and see all the PCs you’re currently troubleshooting (up to 5 are allowed for a free account), and perform any of the following actions:

  • Get information about recent “frustrations”, like freezing or crashing apps and crashes, and loss of freshness.
  • Change the default browser, get rid of toolbars, and free up memory by uninstalling browser add-ons that they don’t need.
  • Push silent upgrades to stop freshless apps and make sure they’re safe and up to date.
  • Track fan speed, temperature, and battery wear, so you can tell them when they might need to go in for repairs.
  • Install apps for them with the click of a button, like Skype, Dropbox, antivirus, and more.

Nothing beats the ease of use of Soluto’s new web interface—-it gives you tons of control, without needing the other party present. Obviously, there’s something to be said for teaching them how to keep their computer fresh, but when it seems like you’re talking to a wall and want to go cray cray on somebody, it’s probably just easier to push those app updates for them.

This is just the beginning of Soluto’s fresh new project; a lot of other features are currently in the works, including support for Macs and mobile phones.

The invites aren’t unlimited, so if it doesn’t work, let me know and I can send you another code.

Grab Your Off The Chain Copy

Just head to the link, use the code, and then sign up for an account mane:

Code: sethsentme

Signup: http://www.soluto.com/newstuff

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