Originally Posted by NOFEER
can't you use a firewire-usb adapter??? or is that intrinsically wrong???
if not then its a big loss, but you all told me to buy triple interface HD and dvd externals
maybe apples solution is for timemachine to be "bootable" using superduper
boy am i glad i got triple iterface peripherals
no you can't:
some software is just really picky on what kind of port you use. if you would put an adapter from either ethernet of USb to firewire, the software would still see the USB or ethernet port (to the tech people on here: correct me if I'm wrong).
I have a couple of firewire audio interfaces that I use, mainly because I can daisy chain them together.
but to give some examples: the presonus firewire interface wouldn't even work on the newer MBP's because the firewire port on those was incompatible, eventhough it was a FW400, just a different type. also: I have one USB audio interface (mbox), that will only work on my frontside USB port, not the backside one (I have a blackBook). software can be THAT picky
and especially with audio: if things aren't 100% compatible you can get pops, cracks and shutdowns. which is killing during a recording session.
now these interfaces aren't only used by pros, but everybody that makes music seems to have one: whether you are in a band, a singer/songwriter or a DJ. by including garageband in their OS package, apple has made a lot of music lovers into wannabe rockstars, and I see more and more people buying themselves into it.
but I might be biased because almost everybody I know does something with music, sound or film and a lot were waiting to upgrade their old portable computers.
for most of them the choice between $1000 or $2000 for a firewire option is just crazy, especially if you don't earn pro-money or want to carry around a bigger bag for the bigger laptop. now if only the whiteBook had better graphics, or the new macBook a firewire port.
PS: I did send in a complaint to: http://www.apple.com/feedback/macbook.html
please everybody else do the same.