Power Your 'Book With FireWire

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Date: Thursday, July 22nd, 2004, 23:39
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Apple iPod Power AdapterHow about this for the next PowerBook: Apple replaces the traditional power port with a FireWire port and allows charging of the PowerBook over FireWire.
This is not impossible because 6-pin FireWire was designed to carry power in addition to data. In fact, if you’ve got Mac OS 10.3 you can toss that RJ45 cable, because IP over FireWire is built into the OS.
The new AC adapter could look like a larger version of the current iPod FireWire adapter. Imagine the possibilities:
Apple AirPort Express♦ You could charge your batteries from anything with a FireWire port. You could even borrow a friends iPod charger. Forgot your brick and it’s an emergency? No problem, just find a FireWire cable and an open FireWire port.
PowerBook AC Adapter 65W (M8576LL/A)♦ Apple could release a combination PowerBook AC adapter/AirPort Express that would kick some serious ass. Imagine replacing two bulky items in your bag with one. I know that heat would be an issue, but it’s worth doing some R&D on.
The concept of an AC adapter and AirPort Express together is almost irresistible. A side benefit (at least on the spec sheet) is that the PowerBook gets a third FireWire port, although I don’t know how often you’d really use it.
Ok, it’s a little bit out there… what do you think? Can it be done?

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Quality of Apple Products

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Date: Thursday, July 22nd, 2004, 14:38
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Is it just bad luck or has the quality of Apple products is gone down? My last four Apple products all had issues:

  • PowerBook G4 500MHz: Four color lines in the screen, keyboard scratched the screen, bad scratches in the paint
  • PowerBook G4 550MHz: battery lock broke, bad scratches in the paint (like an orange peel)
  • PowerBook G4 1GHz, broken superdrive
  • iPod: will not start , battery holds charge for about 10 minutes

Customer service will sell me US$700 repairs or protection plans but they will not take responsibility for anything.Is just me? Have you had any issues with your recent Apple purchases?

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Unboxing Apple's 4G iPod

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Date: Thursday, July 22nd, 2004, 07:49
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iPod 4G boxI’m sitting here listening to Vapor Trails and I figure I can hang in there long enough to provide a few details. From high atop the Chicago skyline at the south end of the Magnificent Mile, here are my first impressions of the latest offering. The iPod’s packaging has gone full color, using the images and pastels of the latest ‘silhouette’ commercials. Read More for the full story and 16 unboxing images…

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Unboxing Apple's AirPort Express

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Date: Wednesday, July 21st, 2004, 23:42
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Unboxing the APE!My much-anticipated Apple AirPort Express (APE) arrived yesterday at PowerPage world headquarters and I am absolutely thrilled with it so far. Setup was a snap requiring four simple screens in the the AirPort Express Assistant (which is installed in your Utilities folder) and, BAM, it’s online.
Keep in mind that the AirPort Express can only bridge from an AirPort Extreme and not the original graphite or snow ABS. The other thing I found interesting is that the Airport Express supports profiles. “These seem to be stored on the device itself and are accessible from the Airport Admin Utility” James Duncan Davidson writes in his BLOG.
Davidson also wishes that the APE would double as a 65 watt PB power supply!

Or even better yet, wouldn’t it be cool if every laptop power supply just happened to be a base station? I don’t know how possible it would be to squish a Airport Base Station into a 65W power supply, but it’d be damn cool. After all, a Powerbook power supply is US$79. The Airport Express is US$129. Hrmmm… Give it a year or so and it might just be feasible.

I say take it one step further and add a FireWire port too, so that it can charge an iPod :)
More great reading can be found on the AirPort Express support site and in the FAQ.
Click through for some unboxing photos…
What are your thoughts on the APE? Post your feedback using the comments button below. No login required.

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Ask the Readers: Power Inverter Advice

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Date: Wednesday, July 21st, 2004, 07:04
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DC to AC power inverters allow you to charge and use notebook computers, cell phones, camcorders and any electronic equipment from a standard auto cigarette lighter receptacle.
One example is the KV-50:

50 Watts DC/AC Inverter (Power Inverter) w/ Auto Cigarette Plug.

Dell Likes PowerBooks Too

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Date: Wednesday, July 21st, 2004, 07:31
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I saw this on the Dell Web site…

Dell Web PowerBook

It looks like Dell Photoshopped the Apple logo into a Dell logo but everything
else is obviously a PowerBook G3.
Dell Loves Them PowerBooks

I thought that Microsoft was the only one that did this kind of stuff (example 1 and 2).

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Mac OS X Lexus

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Date: Wednesday, July 21st, 2004, 07:20
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As part of our sometimes series on Mac OS X vanity license plates, James Wamser of Wisconsin contributes his new plates for his Lexus. What’s on your bumper?

MAC OS X Vanity Plate

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wiPod – Bay Area Hotspot Locator for the iPod

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Date: Wednesday, July 21st, 2004, 07:35
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WiPodOn the same day Apple announces the 4G iPod, BayAreaFreeFi.com announces the wiPod, an iPod-based field guide for free wi-fi hotspots in the San Francisco Bay Area. Version 1.0 has nearly 200 listings! It’s like SliceNY’s piPod, but for Bay Area free hotspots.

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Dension ICELink iPod Adapter Supports Many Car Models

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Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2004, 07:03
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Jealous that certain BMW and Alpine owners have iPod controls in their cars? Well, if you own a CD changer and a supported vehicle, you’ll want to check out ICELink.
ICELink takes the place of your external CD Changer and it operates like one. The iPod starts when CD changer is selected on a supported factory or aftermarket radio, and paused when other source is selected. Track control from radio and steering wheel controls are provided. See Denison USA and the reader report on XLR8YourMac (scroll down) for more info.

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WSJ: Apple's iPod May Meet its Match in New Microsoft System

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Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2004, 07:48
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A WSJ.com article “Apple’s iPod May Meet Its Match In New Microsoft System” (paid subscription req’d) discusses Microsoft’s new DRM software Windows Media Digital Rights Management (code-named Janus) which will be embedded in a new version of its Windows Media Player that will compete with iTunes and the iTunes Music Store this fall. The new version of the Windows Media Digital Rights Management software will “let subscribers to music-rental services, for the first time, transfer their song collections from their PCs directly to portable audio players. That capability has been a key missing feature of such services.”
Microsoft’s main argument for a music rental service is that “filling up the largest iPod with songs purchased through iTunes would cost on the order of $10,000″ but with Microsoft’s new service “users will be able to fill up their portable players with as much music as their devices can hold — several thousand songs — for $10 to $20 a month.”
Apple executives have said consumers don’t want to rent music and they have no intention of offering such a service. “Music isn’t like a video,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said last year by way of criticizing subscription services.
Their argument for the new service being cheaper than the ITMS assumes that you don’t plan on ripping any of the CDs that you already own and that you won’t mind re-authorizing your music every month or so. What do you think of the buy versus rent debate?

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