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Old 11-03-2011, 03:22   #61
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Re: Thunderbolt: Apple Strikes Again :-)

Can I take it then that an Apple i7 with 8GB, lets say 15 inch screen, can be used and recharged from a 240 volt since inverter? Big problem for me, as I use high end sound and image apps made for GNU/Linux which also can compile for the BSD Mac easy enough? (I would prefer 16 GB, but power would be a problem.)

For normal low use I'll build a micro itx running Linux and linked to a 12 volt HD TV screen. Up to now, after dumping Macs I have used Linux so don't know MS stuff.

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Old 11-03-2011, 04:24   #62
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Re: Thunderbolt: Apple Strikes Again :-)

The MacBookAir actually "spins" up very fast with the solid state HD. On the internet in less than 30 seconds after starting up. zing!
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:39   #63
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Re: Thunderbolt: Apple Strikes Again :-)

I'm typing this on a 2009 MBpro. It's an epic bit of kit no doubt - only crashed once in 2 years (opencpn the culprit) - and worth every penny. I envy you guys who are so loaded down with disposable income they can contemplate taking one aboard a boat...
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Old 14-03-2011, 00:38   #64
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I'm typing this on a 2009 MBpro. It's an epic bit of kit no doubt - . I envy you guys who are so loaded down with disposable income they can contemplate taking one aboard a boat...
Don't frighten me like this. Actually, a 15 inch i7 Mac Book Pro with 8GB of RAM is very cheap for what my needs are and I live on a pension, medically retired media artists don't get paid. (And food is a luxury)

I am sure a MBpro could cope with a boat. It is the gigabytes of image and sound production that would give it a fright. (And the duel quad core 32 GB tower I designed to build myself had the slight problem of finding a 1000 watts of power from a sine waveconverter and 12 volt battery.)
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Old 05-03-2012, 00:12   #65
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Re: Thunderbolt: Apple Strikes Again :-)

kick..

for years i've managed nicely with cheap laptops on board. i now find my cheap laptop is at the end of my next passage, at this end i have a new macbook air with a 27" thunderbolt display & b/t keyboard & mouse.

Now opencpn looks really nice on the big screen but i'm wondering how that screen will handle life on the briny. Does anyone have experience with using the screen in a liveaboard environment? It runs hot, but the math indicates it is only using 1amp on 240volts (australia)... just looking at the thing i would probably have to screw it to a bench.... hmm... ok we'll forget about all that, i'll go and by another cheap laptop.... geez i'll miss the screen...
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Re: Thunderbolt: Apple Strikes Again :-)

I don't think OpenPC has been perfected for Mac's yet. The last I looked anyway.
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Re: Thunderbolt: Apple Strikes Again :-)

whilst it may not be perfected, it definitely works adequately on my MBAir, i've been using the routing tool/passage planner for a few hours today whilst sitting on a plane.
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Re: Thunderbolt: Apple Strikes Again :-)

That's good to hear.
I've been a Mac user since the early 90's. I haven't been keeping up lately but I'll need something for the boat soon and was hoping Mac would do the trick. I've seen in some of the other OpenPCN threads that some have not been able to get Mac to run. What makes the difference with the Thunderbolt? Lion?
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Re: Thunderbolt: Apple Strikes Again :-)

hey, here's an earlier posting i made on the opencpn bug tracker site.
FS#733 : Bugs on Mac Platform

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ok i'm using Version 2.6.1223 Build 2011-12-23 with OSX10.7.2 on a MBAir i5/4Gb/11" with a 27" thunderbolt display & a usb GPS running the prolific driver. The programme is easier to manage when not using a Bluetooth mouse or the 27" screen, I dont have a problem with zooming, but regularly get the crash/debug report. Because I'm about to do a couple of months at sea without another laptop I've decided its best to run OpenCPN in a virtual box with XPsp3. Which is what I had been doing for years on linux. The tide feature is the only thing i miss on OSX.
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EDIT:-- OK now there's a thing, with the Tide icon turned on, the tidal information is available if you "right click" where a tide station should be, the tide chart appears. Its just the tide symbol that isnt visible.

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hope that helps your endeavours to get it working, i'm inclined to think the configuration needs a bit of fine tuning to get it working acceptably with specific hardware.
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I don't think OpenPC has been perfected for Mac's yet. The last I looked anyway.
Works great on WinXP in Parallels.
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I've decided its best to run OpenCPN in a virtual box with XPsp3. Which is what I had been doing for years on linux.
Strange choice, opencpn runs natively on lx?
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Re: Thunderbolt: Apple Strikes Again :-)

My six year old T60p is ready to be replaced and the MacBook Pro is an option.

Are there docking stations available with more interfaces?

I can read the marketing as well as anyone. Has anyone got Airmail working for real? How about RayTech? VPP? Trillian?
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My six year old T60p is ready to be replaced and the MacBook Pro is an option.

Are there docking stations available with more interfaces?

I can read the marketing as well as anyone. Has anyone got Airmail working for real? How about RayTech? VPP? Trillian?
The Apple Cinema display is the docking station. You can even research using an Apple iMac as docking station for the laptop. If you keep either around, you could go for the MacBook Air with SSD (no moving parts).

I have Airmail, MaxSea TimeZero, MaxSea v10 etc. running under a virtual Windows 7 Pro machine with Parallels. Rebooting to Windows with the standard bootcamp always works and that is my backup method.

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Re: Thunderbolt: Apple Strikes Again :-)

asus transformer prime, bros
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asus transformer prime, bros
Nah... I checked it but there's no Thunderbolt interface on those... I believe it's just another Android tablet isn't it?

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