Getting A Mac For School

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School’s about the start again, and for some people, this could be the time to shop for a new notebook computer. Are you considering to get a Mac? A decade ago, using a Mac in school could be an exercise in frustration. The┬áMac has since come a long way, and it’s now a common sight not just in our campus,…

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30th Anniversary of the Mac

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Today is the 30th anniversary of the Mac. Whether you use a Mac or not, like the Mac or not, or like Apple at all or not, you’ve got to admit that Apple, on 24th January 1984 at Flint Center in Cupertino, changed the world of personal computing. Apple has had its ups and downs, but the Mac, without doubt,…

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Rosewill USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Dongle

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The MacBook Air was launched in 2008 without any wired LAN port built-in. Since then, many new ultrabooks have also left out wired LAN ports. While wireless networking options have become more ubiquitous and faster over the years, they still cannot compare with the reliability, stability, and superior performance of a wired Gigabit Ethernet connection. What do you do when…

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Prepping Your Mac for Programming

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The Mac is well known for doing photos, graphics, movies, and music. The fun stuff and the life stuff, if you know what I mean. That’s what many people go to the Mac for. But you know your Mac can do programming too. Definitely, right? After all, you have heard that system administrators and programmers also love the Mac. Surely…

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NUS/NTU/SMU Mac Deals

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The universities’ matriculation season is coming around again, and the new notebook tender prices for the 2012/2013 academic year have been announced. The big question on everyone’s mind, at least for those who can buy from the tender, is whether these deals are worthwhile getting? You’ll have to be a student or staff of these universities to get their respective…

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Using a Mac in NUS

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Another oft asked question is about using a Mac in school. Specifically, in NUS, since that’s where I work. This post is a lot more focused on users in NUS, although I’m sure several points are going to be quite generic and be quite applicable to other university students. Or possibly even be general enough to be a useful insight…

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Apple Wins Judgement Against Mac Cloner Pystar

Apple has won a decisive victory over Pystar, the clone computer maker which sells Mac OS X preloaded on non-Apple hardware. The summary judgement won by Apple ruled that Pystar had violated copyright laws and violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It sounds like the road is ending for Pystar. It sounds like this should be the obvious…

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iPhoto ’09

I know I’m a little late talking about iPhoto ’09. But I just got my iLife ’09 box last week, installed it into my MacBook, and played with iPhoto ’09 for the first time after having read so much about its features. iPhoto is really about the only application I use in the iLife suite. At some time I will…

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Sign of Mac’s Growing Presence

Of course we already know that Apple’s Mac hardware has enjoyed steady growth in the market share of desktop and notebook computers. But it is always a pleasant surprise to see it featured in TV programmes, movies, and other mass media. A colleague pointed out something interesting. The web configuration interface of our new Cisco Wireless LAN Controller features a…

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Mac OS X Snow Leopard and other Updates

The cat is out of the bag. The latest version of Apple’s Mac OS X operating system, code named Snow Leopard, will be launched in September. Current Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) users can upgrade to Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) for just US$29. That seems like a very reasonable upgrade price to pay.

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