Sleeve For The 13 Inch MacBook Air

Last week, I ordered the Fug, a black laptop sleeve for my 13 inch MacBook Air from Crumpler.com. Well, it finally arrived tonight. I tried it the moment I got my hands on it. The fit is absolutely perfect. It’s snug, not too tight, not too loose. I would heartily recommend this laptop sleeve to anyone who owns the new 2010 13 inch MacBook Air. It’s worth the $40 + tax I paid for this product.

Shipping took about 7 days, and that includes over the weekend. I ordered the Fug last Thursday night, and showed up in my place tonight. In addition, I received a free gift from Crumpler. It’s a small red camera bag. I think it’s the ‘1 Million Dollar Home’ which sells for about $45. But, I’m not sure if it’s the one, since it’s a slight different design. Nevertheless, it’s a free bag courtesy of Crumpler.com.

Just to let you know, I spent a good portion of last week looking for perfect sleeve for my shiny new laptop. I went to all the computer stores, but I just couldn’t find one that fits perfectly. I can honestly say, this is the perfect fit for the 2010 13 inch MacBook Air.

Here’s some pics I took tonight.

Password and Text Boxes Are Not Of Equal Length

Why is the password field smaller than the input field in Internet Explorer 8? It’s the same in previous versions of the browser? I was recently working on a project that required authentication. I styled the login page. Everything looked wonderful. Perfect as a matter of fact, until I opened IE8. Wicked ugly. My main gripe really is, why is the password field smaller than the input fields?

I did a quick search online and found a solution.

You can style the input field to a certain width, like in this example.

input { width:12em; }

I’m using em instead px, because it’s probably more accurate.

But, styling the input field, like the one above, will make changes to every input field on the site. So, the quick and dirty way to style a login page, is to use inline CSS. In this example, we will use two input fields of text and passwords with inline styling.

<form>
<input type=’text’ name=’username’ style=’width:12em’ />
<input type=’password’ name=’password’ style=’width:12em’ />
</form>

So, there you have it. A quick and dirty solution to the uneven password and text input fields in Internet Explorer 8. If you have any other solutions, please let me know. I’ll be happy to hear about it.

Charge Time for the New 13 Inch MacBook Air

How long does it take to charge the new 2010 13 inch MacBook Air? I’m curious more than anything, So I ran a couple of tests. I charged my new MacBook Air the other day, when the system was completely bone dry, until the unit was 100% fully charge.

My results: It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, on average, to charge my 13 inch MacBook Air. I have no idea how long does it take for the 11 inch model, since I don’t own one, but I’m curious if the results are any close.

Based on what I’m reading here on the Mac Forums, the older MacBook Airs had on average, a charge time of about 4 to 5 hours. Some longer than others. One poster said it took him 8 hours. That’s a bit too much.

So, based on that information, it looks like the charge time for the new 2010 MacBook Air, is at least 3 times faster than its predecessor. Quite an impressive feat.

Often, users only ask about battery life, but they forget to ask about the battery’s charge time. With the new MacBook Air’s charge time of about a third of a time, it’s one spec Apple forgot to mention.

Next on the agenda, battery life. Apple says it’s between 5-7 hours. I want to test.

Stay tuned.

The New MacBook Air Can Decapitate You

The new MacBook Air is so thin, it’s a mere 0.11 of an inch at its thinnest edge. Not only is it thin, but the case is also made of aluminum. It’s not the hardest metal by any means, but it’s still metal. Thin and metal are usually associated with knives.

With a slippery surface and a narrow edge, the new MacBook Air can be a dangerous device, especially if you like to work in bed. Some people, like myself, love working with the laptop in bed, sometimes sitting up, and sometimes lying down and propping up the laptop on the lap or chest.

The problem with lying down is, there is a tendency for people to fall asleep. With the new MacBook Air’s slippery surface, you can easily loose its grip, and have the laptop slide down to your neck. It’s not quite decapitation, but it sure does hurt.

It’s a good thing, it only weighs under 3 lbs. The new MacBook Air’s thin edge is not the most comfortable against the skin. So, I suggest, if you’re going to work with the new MacBook Air in bed, at the very least, wear a turtleneck!

The last thing we want is a number of frivolous lawsuits against Apple.

How To Connect Samba Shares on the Mac

Here’s a quick tutorial of how to connect to a Samba share on the Mac. Samba is a open-source software that provides interoperability between Unix/Linux and Windows systems. The Samba software allows for the sharing of files and printers between Windows, Unix, Linux and Mac OS X systems.

At home, I have NAS (network attached storage) with a 60GB drive running Samba. I use the NAS to store, share and backup files. I can access the NAS drive from my PC, Linux (Ubuntu) and now from the Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Press Command-K. A window will appear.
  3. Type smb://192.168.xxx.xxx. Use the IP address of your Samba share.
  4. Click connect.

If you’re Samba share is password protected, you will see a login screen, similar to the one below. Just enter your username and password, and press Connect.

Once connected, you should be able to browse the files on the Samba drive, just like any other file or folder on your Mac. The Samba drive will also show up on the left hand panel of the Finder under the Shared section. See snapshot below. Notice the Public folder is available for browsing.

There you have it. How to connect Samba shared drives to your Mac.