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…

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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 support@macsense.com.
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?

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Resetting the AirPort Express

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Date: Wednesday, August 4th, 2004, 21:41
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AirPort Express Reset ButtonIn my experience so far with the AirPort Express (APE) I have had to configure it several times for different tasks (extending AEBS range, stand alone ABS, audio-only, etc.), but I find that it sometimes gets a little squirrely on me (becoming invisible, not responding, etc.) requiring a reboot.
Although there are three different ways to reset the AirPort Express (according to Apple KBase Article #108044) I recommend doing a factory default reset (see below) then setting up the APE from scratch using the Setup Assistant found in Applications > Utilities > AirPort Express Assistant

How to perform a factory default reset
Important: This erases all settings and saved profiles. The settings erased include Access Control and RADIUS settings.
Follow these steps:
  1. Unplug the AirPort Express from the power outlet.
  2. Press and hold the reset button.
  3. Plug AirPort Express back into an AC outlet (still holding the button).
  4. You should see the light flash green four times after a few seconds. Release the button when this happens.

As with a hard reset, the AirPort Express will not be visible in the AirPort menu item or AirPort Admin Utility for a short time. Remember that this whole process takes approximately 45 seconds to complete. You may then use the AirPort Express in its default state or reconfigure it using either the AirPort Express Assistant or AirPort Admin Utility. See the above hard reset section for information on the default settings.

Has your AirPort Express been rebooted? Why and how? Comment below…

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T-Mobile Sidekick II Announced

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Date: Wednesday, August 4th, 2004, 16:13
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Danger Sidekick IIAccording to an MSNBC article the Sidekick II GSM smartphone will be available from T-Mobile this fall:

Today, T-Mobile is unveiling the Sidekick II PV-100. It?s actually the third device in the series (the first had a black and white screen, the most recent has a color one) but they can get away with the new name because Danger has pulled off a complete redesign: The new Sidekick is improved in almost every way possible.
The device is thinner than ever, 5.1 by 2.6 by 0.9 inches, and it weighs just 6.5 ounces. It?s also a little longer and wider than before thanks to a new two-way cellular radio and antenna inside for a better phone call experience. (As with all T-Mobile phones, the Sidekick II uses GSM/GPRS technology.)

The major bummers for Mac users: no Bluetooth and still no third party syncing solution.
Read all about it:
Press Release – Danger Inc.
T-Mobile Sidekick II Reviewed – Gizmodo
T-Mobile Sidekick II gets real – Engadget
T-Mobile Sidekick II – PCMag
Danger Makes New Sidekick Official – Phone Scoop
The PDA is dead! Long live the PDA! Fire off your thoughts in the comments

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What to do When Mail Goes Postal (updated)

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Date: Wednesday, August 4th, 2004, 16:31
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com.apple.mail.plist - The CulpritI was having some pretty weird problems with Apple’s Mail.app (1.3.8 v618) lately and I found a good fix. Take the jump and nuke the plist…

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Memory Stick Duo Pro Incompatible With Older Readers (Updated)

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Date: Wednesday, August 4th, 2004, 10:40
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Sony Memory Stick Duo ProSony’s Memory Stick Duo is a smaller form factor of the company’s Memory Stick flash memory that is designed for small devices like cameras, smartphones, and PDAs. Memory Stick Duo media is available in 64MB and 128MB. Memory Stick Duo “Pro” cards are available in 256MB and 512MB (US$250) but the higher density media cannot be read by older PC card readers like the Sony MSAC-PC2 (below), you need to upgrade to the newer MSAC-PC3 (above).
This is important to me because I prefer to leave my Memory Stick card reader in the PC card slot of my PowerBook 15-inch at all times, leaving me one less cable to carry (and potentially lose). Besides, I find it much easier to eject the memory card from my camera and pop it directly into my PowerBook instead of hunting around for a cable and connecting it.
Another reason I don’t want to carry the cable is because the Sony DSC-T1 (which I reviewed in January) ships with a bulky cradle that must be used if you want to connect to your laptop via USB. Sony makes a travel-size USB extension cable for the DSC-T1 (model# VMC-15MU) but that costs extra.
1GB MS Duo Pro cards have been rumored to be coming out, too bad Sony’s proprietary memory is almost 50% more expensive than standard CD, or SD cards.
What’s your take on all these memory card formats? Which one(s) do you use and why? Comment below (no login required)

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Using AirPort Express on a Hotel Room Ethernet

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Date: Wednesday, August 4th, 2004, 09:24
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I took my AirPort Express (AX) on the road for the first time this week. Having seen some reports about AX devices not working on some hotel networks, I took the conservative approach and pre-configured my AX to act as a Bridge only. I set the address of the AX manually to 10.0.1.1 and created a new location on my PowerBook with IP address 10.0.1.2 so that I could later configure the AX using an Ethernet cable directly between the AX and PB. Read More…

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Solar Charge Your iPod

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Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004, 14:09
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Solar Powered iPodWhile working on a solar charing solution for a SPOT smart watch, we started work on a solar powered (recharged) iPod.

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More Details on PowerBook G4 Screen Warping

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Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004, 09:02
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MacFixIt has continued coverage of “warping” issues with Aluminum and Titanium PowerBook G4 models where the heat of operating the PowerBook causes the case to “warp” slightly. Including a note that the “problem seldom occurs with PowerBook G4 17-inch.”

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