coconutBattery, a little surprise

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coconutBattery is an old friend of mine. I’ve discovered it since my first Apple computer, an Intel Core Duo MacBook took in June 2006. I do also think that nearly every Apple’s laptop owner knows or runs it.

coconutBattery is a software that lets you monitor and know real-time the health of your laptop’s battery, the original capacity, the actual capacity, the numbers of power cycles it’s gone through and more…

The following screenshots show the actual status of my mid.2010 MacBook Pro with its original battery. This is my main computer, the one that I use the most…

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Earlier today I was reading Roberto Marin – recently featured on the pages of the Sweet Setup – post questioning himself and his readers about the necessity of battery calibration on moderns Apple laptops.

Here I’ve discovered that nowadays coconutBattery sports an “upload” feature (as you can see in the History window screenshot) that makes you compare the measured data the app has collected over the time with the huge and ever-growing database of battery performances by the app users.

My result is visible in the opening screenshot. As you can imagine and witness, this database is a great resource for any Apple owner, freely available to anyone. All you will have to do is periodically upload your data to the service, and compare how you’re performing…

The New MacBook Pro: Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable

If you read regularly my blog you’ll have probably read the quoted article, or some mentions to it somewhere on the web in the last week.
Even so I think it’s important to put an accent on the question and ask ourself to really evaluate our purchasing behaviour consequences …

Every time we buy a locked down product containing a non-replaceable battery with a finite cycle count, we’re voicing our opinion on how long our things should last. But is it an informed decision? When you buy something, how often do you really step back and ask how long it should last?

If we want long-lasting products that retain their value, we have to support products that do so.

Today, we choose. If we choose the Retina display over the existing MacBook Pro, the next generation of Mac laptops will likely be less repairable still. When that happens, we won’t be able to blame Apple. We’ll have to blame ourselves.

via The New MacBook Pro: Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable | Gadget Lab, Wired.com.

MacBook Pro is here!

MacBook Pro - mid.2010

And finally, after four years of my first – ever – Mac, my new machine has come!

I’ve choosen the MC373T model (USA equivalent is MC373LL), sporting the Intel Core i7 CPU, 4GB of RAM (since 2x4GB modules are still more expensive than I can afford), 7200rpm hard-drive (even if I already had the one mounted on my white MacBook I sell this last christmas) and the Hi-Res 1680-by-1050, glossy display. Also I got the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter and the Apple Remote, since at work I sometime have to deal with keynotes …

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Taking the 17″ model would mean changing all my laptop’s bags and have an ExpressCard/34 slot that I – probably- would never use, as it’s happened with all my previous PCMCIA slots.

I’ve finished a couple’ hours ago to migrate my G4 Leopard PowerBook stuff in it and it feels great to have again a performing machine “under the hood”.