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Easy Fix for Always-On Macbook Fan

Easy Fix for Always-On Macbook Fan

I had an unfortunate incident with my 1.5 year old Macbook Air a week ago and it was destroyed, so I headed to the Apple store and got a new one. The problem with the new one (also a newer version with the backlit keyboard) is that the fan was running almost non-stop at 5000+ rpms. I checked everything. There was no Flash being run, I dimmed the keyboard backlight, I closed every program except Google Chrome, and the fan kept spinning as if the laptop was about to melt.

After a little digging, and refusing to accept the fact that Macs just tend to run hot, I found the solution. This extremely easy fix will take you about 2 minutes, and requires absolutely no technical skills. I will warn you, though, that Apple says this should only be done if you’ve tried everything else first. There is no indication of how it could negatively effect your machine, but I offer that warning just in case.

May 6, 2012 20 comments Read More
Why I Chose the New MacBook Air Over the iPad

Why I Chose the New MacBook Air Over the iPad

I made a decision. For months I’ve been researching and testing different devices to fit my need (or want) for a functional mobile device. Because I’m lucky enough to work for a university, I was able to get my hands on an iPad for a couple months just to see if it worked for me. In the end I decided that the iPad didn’t do enough for me, so I went with the 11″ MacBook Air.

Don’t get me wrong; I love the iPad. It’s a revolutionary device that I think will change how we understand computers going forward. However, I think the technology and the form have not yet been mastered. Transferring files on the iPad is burdensome. The size is a bit awkward given what it’s used for. And creating content (taking notes, writing a blog post, etc.) is difficult on the virtual keyboard. Consuming content is a magnificent experience on the iPad, and for that there isn’t a better device. I just think the price has to drop considerably for people to buy into a device solely used for consumption of media. I also think it could stand to be a couple inches smaller to make it more portable. The Galaxy Tab, I think, is closer to the right size for a portable content consumption device.

So, why did I go with the MacBook Air? A couple reasons: First, its just a beautiful device. It’s small and light, but still gives me all of the functionality of any other Mac. Second, the Mac App store gives me access to a lot of the great applications being developed right now so that I can enjoy all of the awesome innovation going on. And lastly, I was able to upgrade the processor and RAM on my device to make it surprisingly powerful. TechCrunch even claims that the new MBA is just as powerful as the MacBook Pro. So far, I don’t disagree.

I used the new MacBook Air at a conference this weekend, and I am very pleased. It was portable, powerful, and with the combination of Mac and Chrome Apps I had access to awesome tools to make the event a great experience. Final thought: don’t listen to the haters and don’t read the reviews of the first MacBook Air. The new MBA is seriously and surprisingly powerful given its specs, and the portability of it makes it easy to take on the go.

If you’re interested in some more reasons to go with the MBA, check out this blog.

February 6, 2011 0 comments Read More