Archive for June, 2006

Panic! At the MacBook Pro!

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

(There’s a musical reference in that title…)

Since I’ve been writing about Apple products so much, I might as well give you the not so hot news. Or in this case let you know that I don’t allow MacBook Pros on my couch as they get *hot*.

While a few of my readers are happy MacBook Pro owners, one particular MacBook Pro I know of has been experiencing kernel panics at the rate of one or two a day. At first the thought was that perhaps running Parallels with Windows XP was causing the kernel panics, but then they started occurring when the MacBook Pro was in normal use… which is worrying at best.

Anyway, the MacBook Pro kernel panic log messages seem to reference the APIC controller and in my A+ Certified experience seems to mean that there’s something hardware related.

Has anyone else seen anything similar?

Update: There’s a log of the most recent panic contained in the full post.

Update 2 06/07/2006: At this time, it seems like the panics were caused by bad third party RAM.

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Sunday morning user generated content

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

Suffice it to say, I think the Internet survived without me for the past few days. So here’s a Sunday link post.

-I have discovered that Dunkin Donuts offers shots of espresso. Funnily enough, espresso is not listed under Featured Products under the Dunkin Donuts corporate Web site. Since I’m not a fan of Dunkin Donuts regular coffee (too mellow), I decided to take a try with a double espresso this morning. When I ordered it, the overly busy counter guy (well, it was a Sunday), made a face when I asked for it. From what I could tell, all he did to make it was put in a few espresso pods into the store’s coffee machine, pressed a few buttons and then walked away. He wasn’t “pulling shots” by any means.

The verdict: Not bad at all, I’m adequately caffeinated but I would get it only if I found myself at a Dunkin Donuts. Also, I think the pricing ($1.07 for the first shot, $0.69 for the additional shot) is a little bit more than Starbucks double espresso, but I will check on that.

-Is it wrong to read the NY Times Wedding & Celebrations page for the amusement factor?

-Apparently, the Philly Radiohead shows were sweltering and a “mixed bag”.

-Talking about Philly area shows this summer, these guys have compiled a comprehensive listing — and why oh why are so many of them on week nights?

[tags]Sunday, coffee, donuts, newspaper, music, Philly, Philly music, still annoyed to have missed Radiohead[/tags]