The main portion of Targus’s Defcon 1 Ultra Notebook Computer Security System is a 3-foot covered steel cable that retracts into a plastic alarm housing, and uses a four-digit combination to lock the cable. When engaged, the alarm is sensitive to motion; it also sounds if the cable is cut.
If the worst happens—someone succeeds in swiping your MacBook—you’ll wish you’d checked out one of these solutions sooner.
If your MacBook is stolen and you’ve had GadgetTrak Verey ($39.95, gadgettrak.com) installed, anyone attempting to connect to a new network on your ’book is prompted to enter a password within a specified time frame. If the user fails, Verey assumes the computer is stolen, and goes into panic mode. The MacBook’s iSight camera then begins to record video, and after a few minutes, the screen turns gray and displays a message suggesting that the user contact the owner of the computer, showing contact info and any other details you have entered in System Preferences.
The Ncase Portable Safe is an aluminum briefcase that, when closed and locked, functions as a portable antitheft vault for your laptop, as long as the case is closed. Inside the case is a compartment with movable dividers and a Velcro strap. The included 3/8-inch-thick steel security cable also fits inside.
The Pacsafe MeshSafe B200 antitheft backpack is designed to hold a 15-inch laptop computer and other gear. A major advantage to any backpack—even one without added theft-prevention features— is that it doesn’t look like a laptop bag. Our 15-inch MacBook Pro fit fine inside the B200’s removable laptop sleeve, but not quite as snugly as we would have liked. Ditto for a 12-inch iBook.
Anticipation for a redesigned MacBook Pro circles the globe as rumors spread that Apple could be working on a new aluminum Pro with design features of the MacBook Air and current iMac. MacRumors.com may have uncovered a sneak preview of what the new MacBook Pro’s may look like… or maybe not. The source is Chinese-language blog, Apple.pro which published a photograph of what looks like a prototype of the upcoming redesigned notebook.
The photograph shows the top and bottom housings of the possible prototype side-by-side. Although similar to the MacBook Air, there are enough differences to rule out the possibility that this is simply a photograph of an Air’s casing. MacRumors.com notes for example, that the prototype’s Apple logo is not backlit and the screw configuration of the bottom case does not match the current Air’s casing. The Chinese article also claims that although the keyboard would be the same as in the MacBook Air, the battery for this laptop would be rectangular in shape rather than square.
Fake image made by an eager fan or the real thing? Although some legitimate leaks have come from Chinese sources, it’s good to keep in mind that anonymously leaked photos are more likely to be good fakes than the real thing.
The Kensington MicroSaver Alarmed Computer Lock is a 6-foot covered steel cable with a T-bar lock on one end, and an electronic alarm in a plastic housing on the other. It takes a key rather than a numeric combination to unlock it.
Sister site and arch nemesis, Maximum PC, put Apple's corral of notebooks to the test against Windows notebooks with similar features and specs. The results? The MacBook Air got good marks for its value, while the MacBook Pro took down the Dell XPS M1530. Take that Michael Dell! Check out the full article and start writing emails to your Windows lovin' friends.
The MacBook Air SuperDrive has one giant flaw. It only works with the MacBook Air. tnkgrl Mobile decided to fix the MBA SuperDrive by replacing the custom firmware IDE to USB bridge, with an off-the-shelf $9 IDE to USB bridge. The result, an untethered MBA SuperDrive. While we can't approve of the use of the SuperDrive on a HP Mini-Note, the actual hack and attaching it to a Mac mini gets the *Mac|Life seal of approval. Check out the how-to photos. *Mac|Life seal of approval not vaild in Arizona, Puerto Rico and Vermont.
Previously I wrote about selling your old Mac for a premium price when you have AppleCare that's transferable. I never did tell you what I did with the money I got from selling my MacBook Pro - a May 2006 model. I took the cash and bought a new, mid-level, 2.5GHz MacBook Pro. My thighs and I are happy with my purchase.