Archive for 2007 - Page 1


    Mid-2007 13-inch Black MacBook: 15 Years Later

    Picture of the Mid 2007 Black MacBook while closed

    This post is another in the series of me looking back at the technology related events that occurred during the year. The reason for the is because 2007 turned out to be a big year for me technology wise. This is the seventh in the series. the previous articles are:

    Mid-2007 13-inch MacBook

    Back in March I posted about the fact that I purchased a Late-2006 20-inch iMac. While that was both my first Mac overall, it was also my first desktop Mac. A mere 4 months later, I ended up buying a MacBook. In fact, the one that I ended up purchasing was the 13.3-inch Black MacBook.


    The 13-inch Black MacBook was more expensive than the regular MacBook. In fact, it was quite a bit more, it started at $1499. The model that I got was the base model, because any upgrades would significantly add to the cost. The second reason I chose that model was because the base specifications were enough for what I needed. On the topic of specifications, let us look at the specifications.


    What was interesting with the 13-inch Black MacBook was that it had most of the same specifications as the Late 2006 20-inch iMac that I had purchased. It had a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo, with 1GB of RAM. The only difference between that and 20-inch iMac is that the MacBook only had a 160GB 5400 hard drive, whereas the iMac had a 250GB 7200 hard drive.

    These specs go along with the two USB 2.0 ports and single Firewire port. Along with this, the MacBook had a first-generation MagSafe power port.

    OS X

    The MacBook came with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. The last version of OS X that the 13-inch MacBook supported was Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. The reason that it did not support any newer operating system is the fact that the Intel 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo is a 32-bit processor, and the logic board was 32-bit as well. Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion dropped support for 32-bit processors.

    Having multiple Macs, I know I ended up buying the family pack of macOS Leopard so I could install it both of my Macs. The upgrade price of $199, so for $70 more than the single price you could install it up to five computers. This was a great thing to have at the time. Now, of course, macOS upgrades are free, so no special licensing is needed.

    Picture of the Mac OS X Tiger DVD

    On the topic of upgrades, let us look at upgrading the hardware next.

    Upgrading Hardware

    Even though I purchased just the base model, it was inevitable thaT I would upgrade the MacBook, because it was still possible with that model.One of the best features of the 13-inch Black MacBook was the simplicity of upgrading. The upgrade process was pretty quick. The steps were:

    1. Turn off the MacBook.
    2. Unlock the battery using a coin.
    3. Remove the battery.
    4. Unscrew the four screws holding the memory and hard drive cover.
    5. Remove the memory and hard drive cover.

    Once you have removed the cover, you had access to the memory and the hard drive. For the hard drive you could easily remove it with the tab on the hard drive enclosure. The memory could easily be removed by pressing on the two tabs next to the hard drives.

    I do not know when, but I know I upgraded both the hard drive and the memory. I know I ended up installing a 250GB 7200 RPM drive and 3GB of memory.


    The MacBook was designed to be portable. At the same time, it was not an inexpensive item. Because of the price, I went looking for a way to protect it, even while I traveled with it. I went looking for a good solution. I ended up buying two things. The first was an Incase 13-inch Laptop sleeve, which I still use to this day, but for my 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Th second item I purchased was a Pelican case. Specifically, it was the Pelican 1450.

    Image of the Pelican 1450 case

    The reason I chose this case was two fold. The first reason is that, as mentioned above, I wanted something that I knew could protect the laptop and a Pelican case definitely could do that. The second reason I went with this model was that it included an insert system that consists of tiny blocks. The blocks can be removed individually which would allow you to customize the function of the case.

    Therefore, what I ended up doing was creating a layout for being able to transport just about anything that I could possibly need to transport with it. This included the power brick, the extended charging cord which would go into the power brick, a Mini-DVI to VGA adapter, a Mini-DVI to HDMI adapter, an ethernet cable, and other various cables that I might need, like USB to 30-pin cables.

    Was the Pelican case excessive? Looking back now, yes, it was. I definitely did not need such a rugged case. I still have the case today, but it not really used for anything, but I am reluctant to get rid of it, because If I want to use it for something else, I simply need to get a replacement foam set and reconfigure it as necessary.

    Now, let us look at how I use the 2007 Black MacBook now.

    Usage Today

    I no longer really use the 13-inch MacBook. It still functions, but the battery ended up swelling, so I removed it. Furthermore, my brother needed a replacement power cord for his MacBook Pro, so I gave him mine, along with a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter that he can use for his 2012 MacBook Pro.

    After initially writing this, I ended up buying a replacement power adapter and a NewerTech battery from After I powered up the MacBook there were a few updates that needed to be installed, and the last version of macOS that is supported on the Machine is Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which was released in 2011 and the last update was in October of 2012, so it's been a while since I booted up the MacBook.

    Therefore, if I need any data off of the hard drive, I can either copy it directly on the MacBook, using File Sharing, or even use Screen Sharing to copy data.

    Closing Thoughts

    Even though the 13-inch Black MacBook was more expensive, it did have some higher specifications when purchased. I used the 2007 Black MacBook regularly from 2007 until April of 2015 when I purchased an early-2015 13-inch MacBook Pro, which coincidentally, I am actually using now to write this post, so almost a full eight years of usage of the 2007 MacBook before it was replaced.

    I miss the pure black color on the 2007 MacBook. I understand why it is not possible to get a pure black MacBook Pro these days, but it would be really nice to get a MacBook Pro that is darker than the current Space Gray, even if it would cost a bit more for the color.

    Apple Newsroom: Apple Updates Popular MacBook - May 15, 2007



    Originally uploaded by wayne.dixon

    This was the fog this morning in Aurora. normally you can see all the way down the road.


    Year in Review

    2007 has been interesting, just like in 2006, I've met some interesting people, and done things that I didn't think I'd ever do... there have been some changes in my life, some good, some bad, but none the less, it's change.

    I lost my grandfather, yes, I know it happens, but it was sudden, that was back in September.

    I've seen people come and go at work, I've been promoted, been paid more, and still life goes on.

    I met the best woman on the planet. I don't know where I'd be without her, she doesn't try and tell me what to do (well yeah, she does, but it's all in jest). She doesn't get why I'm with her, but she's insanely smart (she doesn't think so), she can handle my humor, she loves WWII, particularly the holocaust, we have the same general taste in movies with some differences, but no two people can be EXACTLY alike.

    Who knows what 2008 has in store I'm sure it'll be a good one....



    Here is the press release from Thinksecret...

    December 20, 2007 - PRESS RELEASE: Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides. As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published. Nick Ciarelli, Think Secret's publisher, said "I'm pleased to have reached this amicable settlement, and will now be able to move forward with my college studies and broader journalistic pursuits."

    Apple has been trying to sue Thinksecret for 'supposed' trade secrets. But technically everything they do is just 'rumor' and speculation site, and not actually passing on trade secrets. I don't get why Apple has to be a pain about this, but oh well.. hopefully Thinksecret will continue to cover Apple news none-the-less.


    New Menus

    I've just finished setting up the new menus on my DVD and books pages. This is the first of a revamp of both sets of those pages. Not sure if I'll add any functionality, or just change the CSS so that they both have new color schemes. Most likely the latter. If there's anything that doesn't look right, let me know.


    Diet Chocolate Cherry Dr. Pepper

    Dr. Pepper has decided to use the fame of 'Chocolate Rain' to create a Diet Chocolate Cherry Dr. Pepper. Here's the video

    Now, as for people thinking this is fake, I assure you, it's not. Here are two photos showing the proof.


    Simpsons Game

    So I have purchased, played, and beaten the Simpsons Wii game.. There were some levels (Like Donut one), that sucked major, but overall it wasn't a bad game as long as you don't try and get everything the first go around... One thing I do like is the ability to go ahead and replay an episode. So you can go and get all of the extra things. One disappointing thing is that the gameplay between the versions (Xbox360, Playstation3, and Wii) do not match up. The Wii version doesn't allow an open area of play, like the 360 version does... odd... and there aren't the same levels between the two versions. There are many of the same levels, but there are some that aren't. I would recommend it to anybody who likes adventure/first person shooter/simpsons. It's definitely not "Hit & Run" but fun none-the-less.


    My Experience with Leopard

    So I've had Leopard for almost a week now, and I've only installed it on my iMac. I had originally installed onto an external hard drive, just to verify that all of my programs would work, and most of them did. One of the major programs that did not work was Talkshoe. Almost every other program has worked. XCode is excluded, since there's an updated Leopard version, which I haven't yet installed.

    To see a rant on the supposed "Mac OS X Trojan F.U.D" head over to