Those Crazy Kids at Google

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Date: Monday, August 16th, 2004, 12:42
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Did anybody catch the Google homepage on Monday morning? For those of you who missed it… the illustrated Olympic swimmer was “pretty excited” to win the gold medal. (If you know what I mean.) Read more…

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iSight Becoming Extinct?

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Date: Wednesday, August 11th, 2004, 00:15
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I’m trying to purchase an Apple iSight camera (US$149, M8817LL/A) and having a lot of trouble finding them. The Apple retail store in my area says it can’t get them, CompUSA and MicroCenter are out of stock nationally. The Apple Store online says “2-3 weeks” to ship them.
The funny thing is that the guy on the phone at CompUSA, kind of mumbled something like the following while he was checking inventory: “iSight…no…mmm…OH WAIT…isight to…mmmm…NOPE CANT HELP YOU! And he just hung up.
CDW had a note about iSights being discontinued on 09 August 2004, SmallDog lists it as back ordered and MacSolutions has one left (the display model.)
Is it me? Or does this sound a little phishy…
During his WWDC 2004 keynote address Steve Jobs mentioned new iSight mounts for the new LCD displays, so perhaps the current iSight is being replaced with a new SKU that ships with the new mounts? Steve also mentioned the new H.264/AVC CODEC for QuickTime will dramatically improve iSight performance in Mac OS 10.4 Tiger. -Ed

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Mac OS X 10.3.5 Features Bluetooth Remote Control

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Date: Wednesday, August 11th, 2004, 00:12
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Bluetooth is good.The mad scientists over at MobileWhack have discovered a neat feature in Mac OS 10.3.5 – the ability to use your Bluetooth phone as a remote control for your computer:

Mac OS 10.3.5 has a number of interesting items in it, but one of the most interesting is the built-in Bluetooth Remote Control functionality. Users of Salling Clicker and other applications have been enjoying the cool factor and useful aspects of having a mobile phone act as a remote control as well as other cool tricks.
If you only need a remote control, however, this appears to be built-in now in Mac OS X 10.3.5, as evident when I pair a Sony Ericsson K700i to my PowerBook. Not only does OS X know the K700i has a built-in remote control feature, but it even offers to set it up for me. The first time you do so, the K700i will go to the “remote control” panel and allow you to give it a whirl. Rather neat, but still haven’t played with the Media Player remote yet, and I think that is probably one of the cooler ideas. Moving my mouse across a 20″ Cinema display with a mobile phone takes a little while… to have such problems, I know.

For more including a screen shot and a little video of the K700i’s new Remote Control display take the link over to MobileWhack.

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PalmOne Turning off Wireless Service on 31 August

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Date: Wednesday, August 11th, 2004, 00:32
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ZDNet is reporting that PalmOne is shutting down its Palm.net wireless service (which we reviewed in February 1999.)

PalmOne will shut down operation of its wireless service, Palm.Net, by the end of the month. The Milpitas, Calif.-based handheld maker posted a statement on its Web site at the end of July to say features such as Palm.Net e-mail and MyPalm mobile portal and “Web clipping” service won’t be available after Aug. 31.
There has been a gradual decline in the number of users of the Palm.Net service over the last couple years, and the current total is about 42,000, said David Westendorf, senior director and general manager of Palm.Net.
Next-generation cellular networks have proved to offer better performance and more features than the data-only Mobitex network on which the Palm.Net service is based, Westendorf said.

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PowerPage Field Trip: House of Live Phish at Coventry, VT (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, August 10th, 2004, 23:29
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PowerPage Field Trip to Coventry, VTThis weekend a few of the PowerPage faithful will be facing the possibility of severe weather and the guarantee of severe traffic as we head to Coventry, VT for one last hurrah with Phish. The band loves Macs and iPods as evidenced by the iTunes tent at last year’s IT festival and Jason’s interview with the band’s tour manager about how the band uses their iPods.
UPDATED: The PowerPage class photo will occur at 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday at the House of Live Phish tent at high noon. Jason will be sporting a PowerPage T-Shirt and lurking around the iMacs. If you see him, mention the code word “Guyute” for a surprise!
So we’re looking for ideas from Phish Phestival veterans who might have info/advice on the best plan of action. Questions:

  • Who’s coming?
  • Favorite Phish song?

Extra Points if you show up in a vintage PowerPage T-shirt!Post any suggestions below. Hope to see you all there sharin’ in the groove!

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Review: Trager Courier Laptop Brief

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Date: Tuesday, August 10th, 2004, 22:59
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Trager Courier Laptop BriefJudging by your feedback you seem to be as fanatical about PowerBook luggage as I am, which is a good thing. (I thought I had a problem there for a minute…) That out of the way, why don’t we have a peek at doozy of a PowerBook bag that recently arrived at PowerPage headquarters in Philadelphia: the Trager Courier Laptop Brief. Read More…

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Apple Releases Mac OS 10.3.5 and Security Update

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Date: Tuesday, August 10th, 2004, 13:20
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The 10.3.5 Update delivers enhanced functionality and improved reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 “Panther” and is recommended for all users.
Key enhancements include:

  • improved support for NTFS formatted volumes
  • improves reliability for user logins and mounting of home directories in a networked environment
  • updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
  • improved Bluetooth compatibility for Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse and Bluetooth phones
  • additional FireWire and USB device compatibility
  • improved font management
  • updated Mail and Image Capture applications
  • improved compatibility for third party applications
  • previous standalone security updates

For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n25791
For detailed information on Security Updates, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798

In other Apple Update News…

Security Update 2004-08-09 delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users. This update includes the following components:
libpng (Portable Network Graphics)
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798

As with all major OS updates, unless you absolutely need something addressed in today’s release the PowerPage recommends that you wait 48 hours and review sites like MacFixIt.com before installing Mac OS 10.3.5.

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Extreme PowerBook: Pepsi One

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Date: Monday, August 9th, 2004, 09:58
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This month marks two separate anniversaries for my 1 GHz TiBook: the day I bought it, and the day I spilled a 16 ounce Pepsi One on it while it was running! Another in our ongoing series of Extreme PowerBook stories. Read on…

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The Case of the Stolen PowerBook

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Date: Monday, August 9th, 2004, 07:18
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It?s been a while since I?ve posted here. This is mostly because I?ve been busy but at least partially because I?ve been a little demotivated to sit in front of a computer for much time. My friends and family are tired of hearing me whine about it, but my PowerBook was stolen while traveling on a train in Brussels about a month ago. I?m not going to whine any further here; The story has a happy ending. There may be some useful information for laptop owners to take with them. Read More at ChadFowler.com.
Ever had your PowerBook stolen? What are you techniques for keeping your PowerBook safe while traveling?

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Extreme PowerBook: Iced Tea, Anyone?

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Date: Friday, August 6th, 2004, 20:08
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An “Innocent Blunder,” and the Misery Begins…
Thursday evening, just three short days ago, my G3 PowerBook (vintage 2000; a.k.a. “Pismo” and “PowerBook G3 Firewire”) was in bad shape–it wouldn’t even turn on, let alone boot. The battery was fully charged, and the AC adapter/charger was working, was connected to the PowerBook, and was receiving AC power, as evidenced by the green glow of the pilot light on the AC adapter/charger. On the PowerBook itself, though, there was no sound, no disk drive noise or other noise of any kind, nor was there any light on the LCD screen. Nary a photon was emitted from even the green “sleep” light–the light near the display hinge on this model that pulsates when the machine is in sleep mode. Nothing. Nada. Totally dead. Read More…

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