Shiny new MacBooks useless for video

For the last few weeks I have been eagerly waiting for yesterday’s announcement of updated MacBooks, ready to lay down some cash but unwilling to buy an old model. Now I’m stuck. The new MacBook range do not have a Firewire port, and cannot be connected to a regular camcorder. Apple don’t even offer any …

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Undervolting a laptop

I’ve got a reasonably old 3GHz Pentium 4 laptop which I don’t use much – mainly because it has a tendency to overheat, even when I run it at a slow clock speed. After a mention on the stackoverflow podcast, I thought I would investigate the possibilities of “undervolting” as a technique for reducing the …

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Installing Linux on an elderly laptop

A nice article which goes throught the distro-selection process for running Linux on an “elderly” laptop. The final choice is interesting, but I’m not sure if it would still apply to my somewhat more “elderly” laptop. The one in the article has a 900MHz CPU and 384MB RAM, whereas mine is a mere 233MHz with …

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