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Macbook 2016 HDMI output flickering

Tonight, I connected my MacBook to an external monitor via a new HooToo USB 3.1 Type-C Hub. This was the first time I’ve attempted to connect an external display to my MacBook and I’d very much like to be able to say that it just worked, but it really didn’t. As soon as I connected it to the monitor, the display started flickering, sliding in-and-out, and occasionally blanking-out completely.

For a few minutes, I wondered whether I had a flaky hub or HDMI cable, but after some googling I discovered that my MacBook was experiencing a known issue. Bummer.

Anyhow, after reading through a bunch of forum posts, I discovered that the fix is to turn the MacBook off and on again, I shit you not.

I’m frustrated and slightly annoyed with this experience. The MacBook was not a cheap device and I really didn’t expect it to exhibit a shoddy technical issue like this. I guess I’ll just have to wait patiently with anticipation in the hope that Apple can fix this via a software update.

New MacBook

Yesterday, after many months of umming and ahhing, I finally purchased a replacement for my ageing ThinkPad X220. I opted for a MacBook, the 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core m5 model.

First impressions, I love it. It’s silent and super-lightweight, the display is amazing and the keyboard is surprisingly nice to type on.

My only concern, before I made the purchase, was that it might be somewhat underpowered, but I needn’t have worried; so far, it has handled everything I’ve thrown at it, including a couple of Linux virtual machines, which it runs just fine.

It’s still early days, but I’m thinking my new MacBook will definitely become my new go-to machine, replacing my beloved X220.

Apple Updates New MacBook, But Doesn’t Address Biggest Issues image/svg+xml

When Apple first released the new MacBook in 2015, it was all compromises, with underpowered Intel processors, terrible keyboard and trackpad, and only a single USB-C port. Today, Apple updated that MacBook. And it ships with underpowered Intel processors, terrible keyboard and trackpad, and only a single USB-C port.

Ouch. Interestingly, or not, I’ve been thinking about purchasing one of the new MacBooks. For me, the single USB-C port would be my only concern. Regarding the “underpowered Intel processors”, according to some of these redditors, they’re not underpowered at all.

I have the 1.3 GHz model, and I run various games, ffmpeg, building in Xcode (actually writing a 3D rendering engine in Swift/Metal), handles it all just fine. Gets hot to the touch but not as hot as my old MacBook Air. This thing’s a little beast, don’t underestimate it.

And …

I use Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign on a regular basis, no problem at all even with a pretty layered file. Multiple safari tabs constantly open. I got the 1.3 Ghz with 256 SSD. As someone said, don’t underestimate it, it’s an incredible piece of kit.

If I were to purchase one, I’d mainly be using it for web development work, so I think it would be powerful enough. That said, I will need it to run the odd Linux VM, so maybe I should do some more research.