Wednesday, February 14, 2007

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

Valentine's Day? Bah. And, let me add, humbug. But the crushingly commercial mood what has gripped the nation has inspired Hocking to speak of that love which dare not speak its name (though the law suit has recently been settled, so let's crack on). What am I jabbering about?

My lovely MacBook Pro.

  1. It looks great (more on that below).
  2. It runs Mac OS X Tiger, which is rather more stable and zippy than certain other operating systems
  3. It burns my lap, but I don't care, because I'm in looove! Shall I compare thee to a industrial trouser press? Thou art more useful, and your hyperthreading technology is just super.

The real point of this post (as much as any of my posts can be said to have a point) concerns the arrival of my Speck hard case, which appeared this afternoon in a FedEx package. (Being British, I'm excited by FedEx packages because they remind me of Zemeckis's Castaway.) If there are any Mac users out there who read this blog, they might be interested in my impressions. Feel free, m'Mac friends, to read on smugly. PC users do what the French call 'window licking'.

And so, all the way from the New World:

The graphic above shows just how snug is the fit. Bothpieces of transparent polycarbonate clip on with tiny, overlapping tabs, and the end result is something that render the MacBook Pro totally sweet (to wax Californian).

Can I have the next slide, please?

In the piccy above, you should be able to see that thereis no intrusion of the case onto the inner body of the laptop at all. In fact, as you'll note from the piccy below, once the laptop is open you'll have the Devil's own time trying to see that there is a case on at all.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a hot date.

This is a tiger noise: rrrrrraaaaowww.

Carry on.


Blogger roger said...

You've almost converted me.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Dr Ian Hocking said...

Go on, Roger, you know you want to...

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Sævar said...

Wow!! With the red cover it looks as hot as it runs :) I also have a lap-monster like your's and find it a bit to hot on the foot somtimes. Does the cover ease the heat on the lap a litle?

12:39 PM  
Blogger Dr Ian Hocking said...

Hey Sævar

Yes, it does actually feel cooler on the base.

By the way, if you're feeling dangerous and a little techie, there's an app called smcFanControl ( It allows the user to directly set the Mac's fan speeds. Whenever I have my Mac on my lap, I usually fire up that bit of software and increase the fan speeds. Temperature often drops by ten degrees or so.

Use at your own risk, of course!


12:59 PM  
Anonymous Sævar said...

Thanks. I will try it. No fun without a little danger in life. I stumbled on your page looking for audiobooks,so thanks for that as well. I listend to the first chapter driveing to work this morning, looking forwared to hear the rest of it.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Dr Ian Hocking said...

OK, Sævar, best sure to let me know what you think of the book. BTW, a second edition is due to come out some time next year, maybe you want to wait (mind you, you'd have to pay for that one, since it'll only be available in dead tree format...)

5:57 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

You need one of these

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Sævar said...

To can't stop now, im into deep. The second edition will make a good present. Are you rewriting it or just making a few ajustments :)

11:35 AM  
Blogger Dr Ian Hocking said...

Probably my editor will say I'm making adjustments, but it feels like a bloody rewrite... :-)

1:01 PM  

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