The Apple Product Cycle

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Date: Thursday, August 5th, 2004, 23:47
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The Apple Product Cycle is a good for a Friday laugh. TGIF.

1. An obscure component manufacturer somewhere in the Pacific Rim announces a major order for some bleeding-edge piece of technology that could conceivably become part of an expensive, digital-lifestyle-enhancing nerd toy.
2. Some hardware geek, the sort who actually reads press releases from obscure Pacific Rim component manufacturers, posts a link to the press release in a Mac Internet forum.

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Extreme PowerBook: Large Cup of Coffee Into Keyboard

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Date: Thursday, August 5th, 2004, 22:49
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I got this extreme PowerBook story from a long-time high school friend.

Hey Jason,
Enjoyed the article in this month’s issue of Macworld. A side note that you may enjoy… Two hours before leaving for a business trip to Nashville last week I dumped an entire (jumbo 24 ouncer from Wawa) cup of coffee right into my PowerBook. I had the lid off right in front of the keyboard and then my athleticism took over. I couldn’t get the battery out right away and the thing made all kinds of frying sounds as it shut down in a very ugly fashion. Read More…


HomePod Firmware Update 2 Adds Features

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Date: Thursday, August 5th, 2004, 22:26
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HomePodI am sure that the AirPort Express has probably stolen a little of their thunder, but MacSense is not sitting idly by while Apple gets all the attention. Macsense has posted a new firmware update (Release 2 Beta) for their HomePod device (which I reviewed in March 2004):

In an effort to timely provide new software for interested HomePod users to try, we’re offering beta release software here. Any bug report is welcome. Please direct any issues and functional enhancement requests to
Release 2 is the biggest release since HomePod’s debut in January 2004. We have worked hard in the last 6 months, adding new functions and fixing bugs. We appreciate those of you who took the time to write us to tell us about what you like and don’t like about HomePod. There are more than 40 major new functions and numerous bug fixes added to Release 2. We listened and made the HomePod better. Here is a sample of what’s new in Release 2:
What’s New in Release 2

  • New Main Menu
  • Internet Radio
  • Alarm Clock
  • Simplified wireless setup
  • Attach USB drives
  • Serving music without PC
  • Robust Settings
  • New Web-based firmware upgrade mechanism

What’s your take on the HomePod?