Zeke Franco

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List of displays by pixel density

This is a list of selected devices’ displayed pixel density in pixels per cm (ppcm) and pixels per inch (PPI). A display device has a limited number of pixels it can display, and a limited space over which to display them. On a small portable computer or cell phone, a higher pixel density is desirable, as these devices are designed to be viewed up close.

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The New Apple Line

Gradated Screens?

CC: Motionblur Studios

I was on a mission last night to check out the new Apple line up. I was set on testing the new Apple notebook screens. I focused on the screens because I was worried about the screen being gradated. Any one who has done design on a 20in. iMac knows what I'm talking about. The display washes out color towards the bottom of the screen. The 24in iMac doesn't have this problem. So I tested out the new Al MacBook and MacBook Pro screens. The gradiant was very minimal on the MacBook—pretty much a non-issue. The MacBook Pro has a clear screen very beautiful. The main difference between the screens seem to be saturation. The Macbook Pro's screen has a better, more accurate saturation compared to the MacBook. The MacBook is slightly washed out. It very slight.

CC: iBuffet

I wasn't able to check out the 24in LED screens, because they only had one and some creepy dude was on it the whole time. So I'm still trying to decide on which Mac to get. I'm leaning towards the MacBook, because I really love the size. The MacBook pro seems so big to me, but I would love to have a dedicated video card and FireWire. I'm thinking that I'll use the savings from the MacBook and put it towards a Mac Pro—I'm hoping for a redesign this spring.quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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The Apple Aluminum Keyboard

I broke down and bought the new Aluminum Apple wired keyboard. I went my local Apple store the day after the announcement to get iLife and iWork (possible future post), but unfortunately they didn’t have the new iMac out so I couldn’t try the new keyboard. Well this Sunday I went in to exchange my wireless Mighty Mouse, I’ve went through two, I’m now on my third, I love the mouse, but the stupid scroll ball nipple thing always breaks. (another possible future post) So since I was there I tried out the new keyboard and decided to buy it. I went with the wired one because I need the extended keyboard.As for my review of it… I love it. It looks OK in photos, but looks great in person and on my desk. I love the way it feels and ergonomically it is much more comfortable for me. I’m stuck on a computer probably 9-12 hours a day so ergonomics are important to me. At work I use a Dell keyboard and an evoluent vertical mouse (possible future post #3) and at home I use a Wacom intuos3 4x6 tablet and Wireless Mighty Mouse.Good BitsBasically if you like the Macbook keyboard you’ll like this keyboard. I was always of fan of "clicky" keyboards, but I enjoy the soft touch this one has. It’s great when your blogging at 4A.M. since it is quite. I also like the extremely low profile; it keeps me from bending my wrist too much. Finally the USB ports are 2.0! I hooked up my Canon EOS 350D and downloaded 30 or so raw images in a minute or two. It was nice not have to worry about where to plug the cable in. The port are recessed so when you do hook up a USB cable to the keyboard you don’t have to see the fat knob part of the USB cable sticking out.Negative BitsI haven’t fully been able to get the "special keys" functioning. I did install the keyboard software update (1.1), which got the media, volume, and brightness keys working, but the exposeé key, and dashboard keys don’t work. I haven’t spent much time fiddling with it so if I get them working I’ll post back here. Lastly the USB ports will only power a high powered device if the keyboard is hookup to the new Al Imacs. Bummer.Flickr: Apple Al Keyboard Photos09/11/07 Edit: Keyboard Software Update 1.2 was released today and has fixed all the above issues for me.quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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How to Properly Clean a Mighty Mouse.

I recently had a problem with my scroll ball on my wireless mighty mouse. I couldn’t scroll down so I did a google search to see if others were having this problem and I found an apple support page that describes how to properly clean the scroll ball. This page also links to a video which shows how to do this. This is pretty obvious, but I’d thought I’d post it anyways. Apple’s Support doc The method described by apple’s support page did work for me, but I think it is very annoying that after most of us have made the transition away from ball mice to optical or laser mice Apple brings out a scroll wheel that is a BALL, so now I stuck cleaning out the scroll ball.I do like the mouse and the main reason I bought it was that it is nice to have a bluetooth mouse that I can pack along with my macbook. I know their are others, but this seemed like the best choice for me. I wish the Logitech MX Revolution was made in bluetooth, I’d love to have that mouse. They do make the Logitech V270 Cordless Optical Notebook Mouse for Bluetooth , but it isn’t nearly as feature rich as the mx rev, and not as sleek as the mighty mouse. I really do like the mouse though, the 360 scroll ball is great for Google Earth, Photoshop, iMovie. One thing I really like about the mouse is the fourth ‘button’—the one that you squeeze. I have set this button up that if I squeeze it, I get Exposé, F9, that shows all the open windows. I’ve added modifier keys to this so if I hold down the cmd key instead I get the show desktop function of Exposé. The opt plus the fourth button will activate Exposé’s show all window from the particular app your working in, F10. And lastly if I hold down the opt and the cmd keys it will activate the Dashboard, F12.

Broken Scroll Ball Update 10/12/07: About two months after I wrote this post my scroll ball died. I went to the Genius Bar and they tried to clean it, but nothing worked so they gave me a new one. Three months later the same thing happened with the new mouse. So now I’m on my third Mighty Mouse. The guys at the Genius Bar said they haven’t seen this problem before, so I’m not sure why the scroll ball keeps breaking. My best guess would be, because I have sweaty-ish hands… Now even though it sucks that I’m on my third mouse I have admit that Apple’s service has been great. Both times I was at the Genius Bar, it only took five minutes to get a new mouse. The best thing about the exchange is that when ever I get a new mouse it comes with a brand new warranty. Most companies only honor the product until the initial year is finished. i.e. If you exchange the product after eight months of ownership most companies will only cover the new product for an additional four months. The only time they deviate from this is when your warranty has less than 90 days left, then by default they usually always give you 90 days. Apple gives you a full one year, even if you had the product for 364 days. Now I’m pretty sure they don’t do this with computers, but I always buy AppleCare.

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