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WWDC: Blown Away

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Date: Monday, June 23rd, 2003, 22:28
Category: iPod, User Group

The new enclosure for the G5 looks so right. It carries on with Apple’s current simplicity of form and aluminum structure. The front and back of the machine are nothing more than grills to promote air flow, with nine internal fans to blow away the competition!


WWDC: OpenOffice 1.0 GM

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Date: Monday, June 23rd, 2003, 08:47
Category: Archive

OpenOffice for Mac OS X (X11) has gone Gold Master and is available for download. This is a fully-functional, open-source office application, though it does require you to download X11. Aqua support is likely further off: check out their details on Aqua progress on their roadmap. In the meantime, the 1.1 beta promises PDF and Macromedia Flash export; DocBook, PDA office-file formats, flat XML and XHTML plus complex text layout for languages such as Thai, Hindi, Arabic, Hebrew — support Microsoft has dropped on the Mac.


Intel to Launch P4, Itanium

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Date: Monday, June 23rd, 2003, 06:14
Category: Archive

Who’s upstaging whom? CNet reports Intel is set today to discuss its new 3.2GHz Pentium 4 and Madison server chip. Our bet is that the enormous buzz around Apple’s keynote will steal their thunder. (Especially since the Intel news has been expected for months.)


Things that make you go "Hmmmm……"

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Date: Monday, June 23rd, 2003, 00:45
Category: Rumor

Does this look like a coincidence? We don’t think so!
Thursday night, the Apple Store briefly posts specifications of an unreleased PowerMac G5.
Saturday afternoon, reports of a job opening at Apple emerge.
Sunday, Joy of Tech already pokes fun of the goof.
Tune in to the PowerPage on Monday morning at 10 AM PDT for our live coverage of Steve Jobs’ keynote address from the WWDC in San Francisco.


Live WWDC Keynote Coverage

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Date: Sunday, June 22nd, 2003, 23:00
Category: News

It is now 8:40 AM, and I’m standing outside the Apple Store at The Grove in Los Angeles, California. Unlike our live MacWorld reports, we know for a fact that we have reliable AirPort coverage in the Apple Stores.

There are 6 other fanatic Mac users are here with me, ready to enter the store promptly at 10:00 AM to view the Grand Pubah’s keynote from the Worldwide Developer Conference held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
8:55 AM – The crowd is now up to 10 fellow Mac freaks. Below is the first official PowerPage WWDC photo – including yours truly on the bench with the 17″ Al-Book!

9:50 AM – the doors are open, there must be at least 250 or 300 people in line.
Please use this link and minimize page loading until the event begins:

Laptop Cooling Solution

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Date: Sunday, June 22nd, 2003, 17:32
Category: Accessory, Any Laptop Computer

A simple yet effective method of dissipating heat from a laptop computer to avoid the annoying (and battery draining) fan from kicking in is now available.


Great PowerBook Gizmo

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Date: Saturday, June 21st, 2003, 18:47
Category: Accessory, Any Laptop Computer

I found this great accessory for the mobile professional.
It’s an inverter small enough to keep in your laptop bag. It’s cheap: US$25 at Myers in Ohio, and will power a laptop, charge a digital camera or cell phone. It’s sure cheaper than buying the auto charger for all those electrnic items.


WWDC: Where to See the Keynote (Updated)

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Date: Friday, June 20th, 2003, 01:28
Category: News

In addition to Apple Stores equipped with theaters (see our earlier story), there’s a growing list of locations to watch Monday’s WWDC keynote. MacNN lists UW Madison, University of Michigan, SIGMAC at Case Western, University of Central Florida, Ohio University Athens, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Winona State, and Minnesota State Moorhead. (Thanks, Richard.) MacMinute has a list of 20 universities, but the page wasn’t loading at press time.
Here are some exclusives of our own: MyMacDealer in Calgary, Alberta has a brand new satellite dish and will be showing the event live (call for seating availability). Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois will be broadcasting in Horrabin Hall Room 53. (Thanks, Brian Frost.) Haddock Computer Center will have a feed at both their Witchita, KS, and Oklahoma City, OK retail locations, or in Iowa you can check it out at either University of Iowa or Iowa State University. Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA will have their feed in the Stern Center, room 103. (Thanks, Dan Buchan.)
Lastly, our friends at MacMerc will have a play-by-play there, perfect if you’re stuck at work (and weren’t able to convince your boss you have to leave for religious reasons, as Joy of Tech suggested in 2001). As long as their server stays up, Jonathan Gales will have his coverage going.
And if you manage to miss all of that, there will be a replay webcast from Apple in QuickTime MPEG-4. Just try not to tune in here if you want to be surprised.


Apple Leaks G5 Specs (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2003, 23:03
Category: Rumor

Update: the image link is still working, but it shows current specs instead of apparent “future specs.” By Monday we’ll know if this was a genuine slip-up or an internal hoax — either way, someone’s head is rolling. Unless it was intentional misinformation. (Don’t think so.)
Apple seems to have inadvertently posted specs for upcoming Power Mac G5 models, both MacMinute and MacNN are reporting. (MacNN’s site was choking at midnight Eastern, apparently due to the news.)
In a bullet list on the store (link was working at presstime), Apple revealed the following specifications:
The world’s fastest personal computer
1.6GHz, 1.8GHz or Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5 processors
Up to 1 GHz processor bus
Up to 8GB of DDR SDRAM
Fast Serial ATA hard drives
AGP 8X Pro graphics options from NVIDIA or ATI
Three PCI or PCI-X expansion slots
Three USB 2.0 ports
One FireWire 800, two FireWire 400 ports
Bluetooth & AirPort Extreme ready
Optical and analog audio in and out
The 1GHz processor bus would be a particularly major jump. Notice that the text reads “personal computer” so these are not apparently XServe specs. In fact, the specs
are so good one has to wonder if this isn’t a hoax. Keeping our fingers crossed and waiting until Monday — this should boost Keynote-watching ratings. (Our updated guide to where to watch will be posted tomorrow morning.)


musiconmac.com Website Launched

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Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2003, 14:27
Category: Announcement

PowerPage readers have been clamoring for some time for more Mac music & audio coverage. This week, I’m proud to launch my own site, musiconmac, so I can devote regular coverage to news, reviews, features, tutorials, tips, and artist and developer interviews for people making music on their Macs. We’re officially in beta at the moment, but dynamic articles, feedback, reader submission, and discussion forum are all working, so I invite all of you to stop by, join up, post some messages, and let me know what you think! Your feedback has been instrumental in the plans for this site, and there are plans for some PowerPage – musiconmac synergy, too, so keep the feedback coming and stay tuned.