MacDirectory Magazine

Winter-Spring 2010 (#44)

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MacDirectory 61 us have consistently non-directional lighting. Most of us are better off with anti-glare matte. Yes, you have to give up glass's cool factor. But what's cool about something a gazillion people have, anyway? We told you not to buy into Time Capsule Back in early 2008, we said we didn't think Time Capsule was ready for prime time. It was underpowered and badly designed. November 2009 brought major newspaper reports that power supply failures were becoming common around the 18-month mark, with some failing at just a few days. See and the ever- reliable for more. At the time, we said we'd be backing up with RAID-1 solutions from Maxtor instead. We still will be. When you manufacture a backup product, there's only one way to do it: right. Maxtor's One Touch III Turbo edition does it right. In three years of testing, we haven't had a storage glitch. It's fast, it's stable, it's easy to set up. It's the ideal storage drive. There are now some similar drives out there (tri and quad interface, RAID-1). There's no reason why they shouldn't be good, and we'll be testing them. But we know the Maxtor is solid. Whither Firewire? And more laptop options? We also don't like Apple's grudging remaining support of Firewire: Why only a niggardly 800 port? Why not 400 as well? Why not do 4-pin as well as 6-pin? Does anyone actually like using converters? We also find it sad that Apple still doesn't have an economy priced 17-inch laptop. Dell builds 17-inch laptops approaching Apple quality in the neighborhood of $600 — with Firewire. Why can't Apple do the same? And where are the new quad-core processors that had already appeared on Dell laptops in December? We imagine they'll appear sometime in January or early February — when this issue hits print. Don't buy a Macbook until the quad cores come out. Whose fault are the iPhone's woes? A widely-read New York Times article by Randall Stross on December 13, 2009, claims that connection problems with iPhones are not AT&T's fault but Apple's. Google New York Times Randall Stross for the full story. Have you heard? You can run OS X on most modern PCs - - and though we've heard Apple isn't happy about it, the practice has gone mainstream enough to be written about without ado in the august pages of Macworld magazine. We blush to say we've been too chicken to try this out before, but stick around for a report in the future. OS X or Windows 7? We've been testing Windows 7 and we're very impressed. It's the leaner and meaner OS that Vista should have been. It's still more buggy than either Tiger or Leopard. Macs remain overall a more enjoyable experience by a comfortable margin. But Windows 7 runs programs built 20 years ago — like XyWrite, still the word processor I like to work with most. And Snow Leopard breaks software built the day before yesterday. Which shows we should be grateful that Apple's user base remains manageably small compared to Microsoft's. Otherwise, OS X would still be having run programs that worked on the Apple II. Probably the most annoying thing I find when switching platforms is how to close a window or program. In Mac programs, it's always command-W and command-Q. In Windows it can be dozens of different things. Enough Griping? Well, that's quite enough griping. As of late October 2009, there's some superlative and affordable Apple hardware to celebrate. The company is back on track. FEATURE

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