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Archive for August, 2009
August 31st, 2009
*This contest has ended! Congratulations to our twitter fan @codyblackout !
Last week, 5 lucky Twitter fans won Snow Leopard upgrades. This week, we’re upping the ante and we’re giving away a 13″ Macbook from our Pre-Owned Mac Store valued at $594.95.
Specs on the Macbook:
Pre-Owned Apple MA699LL/A MacBook 13″ 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo, 1GB, 60GB,COMBO
How To Enter the Giveaway:
There are three ways to enter this week’s giveaway. You can enter multiple ways, and each individual can end up with up to 10 entries.
The retweet counts as 2 Entries. (You must still be a follower when the contest ends to be eligible.)
2.) Post a comment on any of our blog posts this week until the end of the giveaway. Only one comment per blog post will count as an entry. So, if there are 5 blog posts, one comment on each post will earn 5 entries. (Note that blog comments do not post instantly as they must first be approved.)
This counts as one entry for each blog post for a total of 5 possible entries.
3.) Write a blog post about us or the giveaway with a link back to our site and email the link for the post to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One blog post will count as 5 entries. Only one blog post per individual.
The total number of entries possible per individual is 10. The contest is over on Friday September 4th at 12:00 CST.
Rules and Regulations
August 28th, 2009
We’ve made a quick video to show some of the new Snow Leopard features. You can find our take on Snow Leopard below the video:
Mac OS X v10.6 (Codenamed: Snow Leopard) was announced on June 8th by Steve Jobs at the WWDC. Today it has been released. The upgrade is $29 for current Leopard single users and $49 for current Leopard family users with 5 licenses. Anyone running previous versions of OS X will need to purchase the Mac Box Set which will include a full copy of Snow Leopard, iLife ’09, and iWork ’09 for $169. This is the first Mac operating system to not support the older Motorola processors.
This new version of OS X focuses more on performance than new interface gadgets. It takes advantage of 64-bit processors, multi-core systems, and the instruction set provided by Intel processors over the older PowerPC architecture.
There are of course some improvements to the UI even though the main focus is on performance and efficiency.
You won’t see much difference in the interface with Snow Leopard over its predecessor. The small tweaks though seem to be pretty good. I was never a fan of stacks and thought it was implemented poorly especially when trying to navigate through subfolders. With the new implementation it works much easier to find a certain file through Stacks instead of having to go through a Finder window.
For the new Expose style implemented into the dock, it may take getting used to, but it could turn out to be very handy when working with multiple windows from the same application.
Finder does seem more responsive in our initial tests when listing folders with several items and calculating file sizes.
This feature has been highly requested in the business market. With support for Microsoft Exchange built in, this should help convince companies to make the switch over to Mac. Mail, Address Book, and iCal all have built in Microsoft Exchange support.
Most of the built-in OS X applications have been rebuilt to take advantage of the 64-bit system. iTunes, Front Row, and DVD Player have not been upgraded yet, but all other applications should see a large performance increase on 64-bit systems.
Most applications are not optimized yet for the 64-bit addressing, but we can definitely detect more snappiness with the built-in Apple applications. More benchmarks will need to be run to see the actual performance, but it looks promising.
Grand Central Dispatch
All current Macs have a multi-core processor, and with that, programmers can take advantage by sharing the workload across the two cores with parallel processing. Most developers do not bother due to the added hassle, but with Grand Central Dispatch this will make it extremely easy for developers to implement a multi-core application as it will do most of the work for you. Once the applications start coming in with this implemented, there should be a large performance increase.
Again, this will require the developers to start releasing applications that take advantage of this. It’ll just take some time for most applications to be running at their full potential. There is definitely a bright future though.
Most current machines come with a very good processor that is not even taken advantage of any everyday applications. This is the graphics processor. With OpenCL, applications will be able to offload complex functions and equations to the GPU and then send it back. This again will greatly improve performance in complex applications such as games, video, and graphic editors.
Unfortunately out initial test machine just has onboard Intel graphics, so any possible advantage from OpenCL will not be seen on this system. Once our employees start installing their own copies on their home machines geared more towards gaming we should have a clearer picture. This again, however, is another feature that will take time to mature and see the results. Developers have to program all of these new features in.
Apple released a new major version of QuickTime. This adds 64-bit support, HTTP live streaming, and many interface improvements.
The new QuickTime is one of the bigger things you’ll be able to play with right off the bat. The new smokey black interface is a nice change from the old brushed metal look of older versions. There are several new toys available now for people that did not have Pro versions before. You can export videos into other formats, do screen, audio, and video captures straight from the application, and you can upload to Youtube and other sites directly from the application.
Common Unix Printing System
CUPS as it is more commonly known will be updated to allow more compatibility with printers.
The detection and implementation of printers does seem to work better. The new printing system will also automatically update printer drivers for you, so you no longer have to go search manufacturer websites for updates when you have a problem.
August 27th, 2009
To celebrate the release of Snow Leopard, we are giving away 5 Snow Leopard Upgrades with FREE Overnight Saturday Delivery (where available.)
1.) Join us on Twitter.Click Here to visit our Twitter page and become a follower.
2.) Retweet the following message “RT @powerbookmedic is giving away 5 Copies of Snow Leopard Upgrade: http://tinyurl.com/mfmmqw” One retweet counts as one entry. Only one entry per twitter account will be counted.
Already have a twitter account? Just click the following link to retweet:
The winner will be randomly selected at 12:00 CST on Friday August 28th using random numbers from Random.org. Each entry will be assigned a number based on the order they come in. We will post a tweet with the winners shortly after 12:00 CST as well as tweet the individual winners.
In order to get the free Saturday delivery, the winners must respond by 3:00 CST on Friday August 28th. If a winner responds after this time, but within 24 hours of our tweet, shipping will be changed to Standard overnight delivery for Tuesday delivery. If a winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen at random.
1.) You must be a follower of Powerbookmedic on Twitter to win this giveaway.
Snow Leopard System Requirements:
Mac with an Intel Processor (Core Solo and Core Duo supported, Core 2 Duo and up preferred for 64-bit mode)
Requires previous version of Leopard
1GB of RAM
5GB of free disk space
August 21st, 2009
It’s come that time again to add to the PowerbookMedic ranks.Would you like to join our team? If you’re in the Huntsville, AL area and are as nuts about Macs as we are, you could.
This time we’re looking for a Technical Support Representative to assist customers via telephone, e-mail, and the web. The individual in this position will also be responsible for assisting in shipping customer orders.
The official job posting is up at Monster.com at the link below:
Job Posting on Monster
* Answering calls and assisting customers in placing phone orders
* Assisting customers via Live Support
* Troubleshooting customer technical and non-technical issues
* Shipping customer orders
* Handling return and exchange requests via phone and web
* High School Diploma
* One year customer support experience.
* Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
* Ability to troubleshoot Mac software problems as well as Mac hardware
problems. Prior experience working with Macs is highly preferred.
* A proven track record of supporting end users.
* The ideal candidate must have the ability to follow through on support
requests in a timely manner, escalating to other members of the team when
* He/she should have the ability to prioritize and address multiple tasks in a
dynamic work environment. Multitasking skills are a must.
* The ideal candidate should have the ability to work independently as well as
with other members of the team.
* The ability to communicate technical issues in non-technical terms is
Some on the job training will be provided.
All applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
August 18th, 2009
Today we announced a new feature that we’re very excited about, the Mac Serial Number Lookup Tool. This new tool will allow you to find out all the detailed specs for the serial number for your Mac laptop or iPod. It also provides direct links to Repair Guides, service parts, memory, and hard drives based on your specific Apple serial number.
You can try the new tool at the link below:
Below is a screenshot of the information that will be provided when a serial number lookup is performed. You can see the information is rather detailed and includes things like processor architecture, codename, screen resolutions, etc…
This new feature is currently in Beta. Our data, while mostly complete, is missing some model info. If you do a serial number search and do not find your machine, you have the option of submitting the data for that serial number, and we’ll get it added to the system.
As this feature is in beta, we’d love any feedback you’ve got or features you’d like to see added to the tool. Please post any comments you may have or features you’d like to see. You can also email your suggestions to email@example.com.
August 17th, 2009
Today we released our take apart video for the Intel Mac Mini. This set of videos will show you how to completely disassemble the Intel Mac Mini. The process is basically the same for a Non-Intel Mac Mini as well.
The video page and m4v downloads can be viewed at the link below:
The embedded video can also be viewed in this post below:
August 12th, 2009
Today we released our iPhone 3GS Take Apart repair guide video. The video is a four part video that shows you how to completely disassemble the iPhone 3GS.The video includes removal of the lcd glass, digitizer, logic board, and battery.
You can download the video segments in .m4v format and see the video page at the link by clicking the link below:
You can also view the YouTube video of the guide below:
* Any prices mentioned in this blog are valid for the date of the blog post only and are subject to change.