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MacBook Air 1.6Ghz HDD vs 1.8Ghz SSD Benchmarks

Some SSD numbers for the MacBook Air from Mac Rumors:-

MacBook Air 1.6GHz HDD 1.8GHz SSD
CPU 79.98 99.61
Thread Test 148.81 134.99
Memory Test 140.42 148.00
Quartz Graphics Test 96.89 107.74
Open GL 17.26 18.27
User Interface 105.81 113.53
Disk Test 24.05 47.26
 Sequential 42.21 40.82
    Uncached Write 30.96 MB/s 20.83 MB/s [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 31.19 MB/s 26.32 MB/s [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 7.27 MB/s 7.97 MB/s [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 30.42 MB/s 48.75 MB/s [256K blocks]
 Random 16.81 56.13
    Uncached Write 0.57 MB/s 2.23 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 18.35 MB/s 16.92 MB/s [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 0.35 MB/s 7.02 MB/s [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 13.28 MB/s 48.24 MB/s [256K blocks]

(Larger numbers faster)

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AnandTech: The MacBook Air CPU Mystery: More Details Revealed

AnandTech: The MacBook Air CPU Mystery: More Details Revealed:

Why did Apple and Intel opt for a hotter than necessary chip for use in the MacBook Air? Here’s where our trail goes cold but we suspect that in order to bring the smaller CPU/chipset packaging to market earlier, some tradeoffs had to be made. Remember that CPU packaging controls far more than how big the chip is, but also governs FSB frequency, power delivery and getting data in and out of the chip itself.

The shiny die connects to hundreds of pins on the bottom of the package. The more pins that need to be connected, the higher the FSB frequency and the smaller the chip the more strain this puts on the packaging technology itself. It’s quite possible that one side effect of the small form factor CPU package is worse power delivery, requiring that the chip be given a higher than normal operating voltage.

The bigger concern however has nothing to do with packaging technology or operating voltages, but overall thermals. The MacBook Pro runs very hot and while the 20W TDP of the MacBook Air is significantly lower than the 35W TDP of the Pro, it’s high for such a small chassis. We won’t know for sure how hot the Air will get until it’s in our hands but the SSD route seems like an even better bet now that we know a little more about what we’re dealing with. Cutting down heat in that thin chassis will be very important, and moving to solid state storage is the only real option you have there

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Mac killed my Inner Child

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Nokia E-Series & iSync

We’ve standardised on the E61 as our business phone and it is really good. Now there is a Sync client for OSX I might set it up for my mother at home on her iMac.

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Install Asterisk on Apple TV

Running Asterisk on an Apple TV is clever. I wonder if Ubuntu would run, maybe the Apple TV is something that could replace my SLUG. Will have to stop in the Apple Store and see how noisy it is.

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Fast OS Switching with the Mac Mini

Fast OS Switching a good reason to consider the Mac Mini as your next workstation.

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How much is your blog worth?

Not quite a pro-blogger yet.

My blog is worth $4,516.32.
How much is your blog worth?

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On desktops. OSX and NX. Thinkpads vs iBooks.

Back in June I decided I’d try out NX and my MiniMac as a possible active working desktop solution. The genesis for this was mainly based on my decision back in March that iBooks were the best portable solution. Reasonable battery live, hardware/software combination that just works, together.

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X11 Extension

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