macbook air

Mac apps I use (late 2011 edition)

In an earlier post I wrote about Mac freeware applications, and now, as I'm still recovering from having the solid state drive (SSD) fail in my MacBook Air (MBA), I thought I'd make a list of the Mac applications I just had to reinstall on my MacBook Air.

Here then, in no particular order, is the list of Mac software applications I just reinstalled:

How to calibrate your MacBook battery

MacBook battery calibration FAQ: My MacBook battery life seems reduced, is there something I can do to improve my MacBook battery life? (Also written as, "Can I calibrate my MacBook battery?", or, "How do I calibrate my MacBook battery for better battery life/performance?")

MacBook Air external monitor connectors

MacBook Air external monitor FAQ: How do I connect an external monitor to my MacBook Air?

Because the MacBook Air and the iMac use the same Apple Mini DisplayPort technology to connect to external monitors, the process of connecting an external monitor to a MacBook Air is nearly the same as connecting a dual monitor to an iMac:

MacBook Air carrying cases and sleeves

MacBook Air carrying cases and sleeves: I recently bought a MacBook Air, and while there are a lot of nice things about it, an unusual thing about it is that it creates a dilemma about how to carry the thing around. Do you use a sleeve, carrying case, laptop bag, or something else?

My old laptop bag is much too big and cumbersome for the Air, so that doesn't work.

Apple MacBook discounts - Check Apple's refurbished store

Apple MacBook discounts/sales news: Just a quick note here that if you're looking for discounted Apple MacBook computers and other Apple products, take a look at Apple's refurbished store. As I continue shopping for new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models, I just stumbled across the "refurbished" page in the Apple Store, where they have big savings on most MacBook and iMac models, as well as other Apple products.

For instance, they currently have these MacBook discounts:

MacBook Air SSD speed/performance (vs HDD)

MacBook Air SSD speed FAQ: How much faster is the MacBook Air SSD storage system compared to a typical MacBook HDD (i.e., MacBook Air SSD v. HDD performance)?

I'm looking at buying a new MacBook Air in the next few weeks, and one of the things I've been intrigued by is the MacBook Air SSD speed/performance. I know Apple claims the MacBook Air is an "instant on" system when you lift the lid, and that implies a seriously fast "disk" subsystem, but how much faster is a MacBook Air SSD (solid state drive) than a traditional MacBook HDD (hard disk drive)?