I’m Going Wireless

No, don’t get me wrong, I haven’t just discovered the 802.11 Ethernet spec. What I mean by “going wireless” is that the MacBook Air does not have a dedicated Ethernet port and one of the main things for video conferencing from PC/laptop is to have a hardwired Ethernet connection for best results. 

When I am at my desk I typically disable WiFi and plugin in my trusty Cat5e Ethernet cable and not have to worry about my tinfoil hat from causing interference with my Internet connection.

Well, as of today I went completely wireless! Albeit, I did not have any video calls with customers, but everything else worked really well considering the office that I share is in the far corner and doesn’t have the most optimal WiFi reception. 

I’m not sure what the capabilities of the office WiFi AP’s are, but the new MacBook Air comes fully equipped with the latest and greatest 802.11ac spec. Why does this matter? Well, I’ll let this snippet from Wikipedia tell you:

This specification has expected multi-station WLAN throughput of at least 1 gigabit per second and a single link throughput of at least 500 megabits per second (500 Mbit/s). This is accomplished by extending the air interface concepts embraced by 802.11n: wider RF bandwidth (up to 160 MHz), more MIMO spatial streams (up to 8), multi-user MIMO, and high-density modulation (up to 256-QAM).

My day job does not require a super fast gigabit LAN connection, as everything I use is “out there” in the proverbial cloud. Our company uses Google Apps for Business, Box, Salesforce etc. There are three things I need internally and they are: Jira, internal database, and our monitoring system. Despite that, none of these require a gigabit connection. Even at 100Mbps they respond flawlessly. 

 

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Tech News

After 8 months and 10 days I cracked and decided to revive my Tech News bookmarks. However, unlike before, I am just going to ease my way back into things with a handful of trustworthy sources like Ars Technica, AllThingsD, NetworkWorld, and Paul Thurrot’s WinSuperSite. 

In addition to that I have cherry picked one news site for each major mobile platform, those are: Android Central, Windows Phone Central, and 9to5Mac.

Although 9to5Mac covers OS X as well, most of the article are iOS centric as well. 

The official Microsoft Lync Blog is in there as well as the Unified Communications section of NetworkWorld too. 

Lastly, I have added The Guardian for general world news.

 

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A Breath of Fresh Air

It’s not within my possession yet, but I am currently in the process of swapping out my 15″ MacBook Pro for a 13″ MacBook Air.

The spec of my current 15″ MacBook Pro is:

Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 256 MB & Intel HD Graphics 288 MB
Hard Drive 500GB SATA 2.5
Software OS X 10.8.4 (12E55)

The spec of the 13″ MacBook Air that I want is:

Processor 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz
Memory 4GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 5000
Hard Drive 256GB Flash Storage

As for the software it will be running, well, it’s possible that I may not see this laptop until OS X Mavericks is released, so I won’t be holding my breath that’s for sure!

However, the main reason I want to go for an Air is that I just don’t need the honking CPU power & dedicated GPU that my mind likes to think I so desperately need. Even when it comes to storage the 256GB SSD will pretty much be dedicated to photos and my iTunes library, as all of my documents are stored in Google Drive. 

I also don’t play games anymore. The combination of working for an early stage startup for just over a year and the fact that in 12 weeks my Wife and I will be parents spare time will soon become a rare commodity. 

The other big benefit of the Air is the fact that I will be moving away from a 5.6lbs laptop to 2.9lbs. That’s almost a 3lbs difference! You could say that would be a huge weight off my shoulder 🙂