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Authored by: ashill on Oct 14, '08 06:49:16PM

I strongly dislike the glossy screens (from experience in stores; I've never owned one) and am unlikely to buy the new MacBook because of it. (I still happily use my trusty PowerBook G4 with a recently replaced battery and upgraded hard drive and memory and, of course, a matte screen.)

Two other issues also concern me greatly and help to temper my enthusiasm to go ahead and upgrade. 1: The removal of the standard DVI port: most of the projectors I use now finally have DVI ports, so I don't need the DVI-VGA dongle all the time. Why force users back into the dark ages of carrying dongles to every meeting and presentation? 2: The lack of firewire 400. Again, why? This renders my time machine disk useless and also eliminates the only way to charge my iPod through the sleeping laptop (with the firewire cable from iPods past).

With these exceptions, the new MacBook and MacBook Pro both look like exciting machines which I'd love to buy.



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Firewire 800 works with Firewire 400
Authored by: nicholfd on Oct 14, '08 08:21:00PM

All you need is either a cable adapter/dongle (800->400) or a cable with a Firewire 800 on one end, and Firewire 400 on the other end. The Apple Store carries both. The Belken Firewire 800->Firewire 400 cable is of the thin variety, like Apples.



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Firewire 800 works with Firewire 400
Authored by: ashill on Oct 15, '08 06:43:37AM

Good. That helps, but it still requires another dongle, although that's not so much a problem for my non-portable external hard drive.



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Firewire 800 works with Firewire 400
Authored by: appleman_design on Oct 15, '08 10:31:34AM

should of been one of the cables included w/ the laptop...



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