REMINDER: Philadelphia PowerBook User Group (PPUG) Meets Today

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Date: Tuesday, September 14th, 2004, 00:19
Category: Archive

The next Philadelphia PowerBook User Group (PPUG) meeting has been happens today (02 October) at the Manayunk Brewery at noon.
Our summer meeting has slipped into early Autumn due to some busy schedules. Jason O’Grady will be in attendance and Rob Parker is always a question mark during the NFL season. I am looking forward to a well attended meeting.
You can view and subscribe to the PPUG calendar dates in iCal.

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Apple AirPort Cards, Cheap

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Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 23:37
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I found AirPort cards at L.A. Computer Company for US$78. These are brand new and I could not belive the price. I ordered on line and they shipped the same day. Awesome price and great service.

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STM Large Loop: Leader of the (Back)Pack

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Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 23:45
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STM Large LoopAny PowerBook user worth their salt is just as concerned about the vehicle that carries their PowerBook as they are about the machine itself. After all, what good is your expensive hardware if it gets damaged while being toted around in an inferior rucksack?
A good laptop bag is defined by two characteristics: 1. Being rugged enough to protect a PowerBook while commuting back and forth between home/work/school, and 2. Its sexy good looks. Now you can laugh all you want about that second point, but I just won’t carry around a bag that looks like “a computer case” and neither should you.
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Traktor DJ Studio 2.6: Final Scratch, Live Audio (PC/Mac)

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Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 13:21
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Software

Traktor DJ Studio has gotten a 2.6 update, but that .1 upgrade is understatement: Native has packed a lot of new features into this free upgrade of the leading DJ software:

  • Final Scratch 2 compatibility: Previous Traktor versions featured integration with Stanton’s Final Scratch hardware so you can control live decks; this version adds support for the brand-new Final Scratch 2. (If you haven’t seen Final Scratch, this is the hottest DJ hardware out there: control your software DJ interface with real hardware.)
  • Recording and live audio: Stream live audio, record on the fly or add an audio channel for voiceovers and the like, and record mixes
  • AAC/WMA support: Good news – Apple AAC (iTunes) support and Microsoft WMA (Windows Media Player) format is new. Bad news – no support for digital rights management, so you can’t use music you purchased from iTunes. Bugger.
  • And there’s more: enhanced filter bank, browser favorites, playlist history, and more. Maybe not a 3.0 upgrade, but nearly as big as the significant 2.5 update, and entirely free. Hit comments and let us know if Traktor’s part of your DJ rig. And if you’re in London, check out Native’s major presence at the PLASA show – be sure to send us a report to make us very jealous indeed.

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    Treo 650 to add Bluetooth and Higher Resolution Screen

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    Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 13:38
    Category: Archive

    palmOne Treo 650To round out a healthy dose of phone news today The Register is reporting that volume shipments of the Treo 650 have been sent to PalmOne. The successor to the popular Treo 600 Palm-based smartphone is due to arrive as soon as October:

    Details of the Treo 650 – codenamed ‘Ace’ – first emerged last June as a short set of specifications. Photos of the device, with its backlit keypad and new key layout, appeared on the web in August.
    The handset is expected to contain a 312MHz ARM-based CPU, up from the 600’s 144MHz processor, and an unchanged 32MB of memory. The display’s horizontal and vertical resolutions have been doubled to 320 x 320, and the handset’s integrated digicam is now a 1.2 megapixel job with digital zoom and an adjacent mirror to help users take self-portraits. The 650 brings Bluetooth to the Treo line.

    Read the whole tale at The Register. (Photo courtesy of Engadget.)

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    PowerPrefs Updated to 0.4.6

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    Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 13:29
    Category: Archive

    PowerPrefs is a configuration client for PBButtonsd, the hardware daemon for Apple PowerBooks, that allows the user to change certain options of PBButtonsd during runtime. This includes temporarily disabling sleep mode while compiling a big project, changing trackpad or keyboard mode, and more.
    This release now supports the new restructured power management configuration and all other new options of the server. All power management modes cn be adjusted with a comfortable GUI.
    In related news, GTKPBButtons is a visualisation client for PBButtonsd, the hardware daemon for Apple Powerbooks, that displays messages and events sent by PBButtonsd in nice popup windows. This includes backlight and volume levels, battery warnings, trackpad mode, and some more. The appearance of the popup windows is themable.

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    First Look: HP iPAQ h6315 Mobile Phone Loaded With Features

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    Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 09:26
    Category: Mobile Phone

    HP iPAQ h6315I did it. The unthinkable.
    After writing off the PDA as a victim of advancing mobile phone technology and vowing never to have a Windows device in my home I singlehandedly broke both resolutions and splurged on the new HP iPAQ h6315 mobile phone.
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    New iSight Camera in Development

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    Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 08:49
    Category: Archive

    Apple iSightThe PowerPage received a note from a reliable source about a successor to the iSight FireWire camera being developed in Apple’s secret skunk works in Cupertino. Details are sketchy, but one can assume that the new iSight camera will have more features to better work with the H.264/AVC video technology coming in Mac OS 10.4 (a.k.a. “Tiger”). H.264/AVC, iChat AV and Mac OS 10.4 will allow you to video conference with up to three people or audio conference with up to nine more people.
    According to our sources the new iSight camera will eventually replace the Revision B camera (part number M8817LL/B) that quietly began replacing the original model (model number M933OLL/A) back in July. For those that missed it, the Rev. B iSight camera featured an internal component reorganization, a slightly thicker camera barrel (producing less heat), revised packaging, updated user manual and new mounting hardware that will let users attach the camera to Apple’s new Aluminum LCD displays.

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    What's in a (Code) Name

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    Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 07:54
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    The Los Angeles Times’ Joseph Menn wrote an interesting article on the origins of code names at high technology companies:

    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates introduces Windows XP in 2001. For company insiders, however, the operating system was called Whistler…
    When Janus debuted recently, though, the program bore a less evocative name:
    Windows Media Digital Rights Management 10.
    The transformation is typical for technology products that have colorful, often geeky, monikers while in development, only to appear on store shelves under the most mundane names imaginable.
    IBM’s Shark evolved into TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Servers. Apple Computer’s Killer Rabbit was renamed AppleShare 3.0. And Microsoft’s Snowball became merely Windows for Workgroups 3.11.

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    Dvorak on Mac Versus Windows

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    Date: Thursday, September 9th, 2004, 12:51
    Category: Archive

    Just like the politicians I can’t tell if John is trying to mislead or if he just doesn’t know any better in his article “Tipping Point or Sticking Point?” But unsupported statements like this can’t go unchallenged. Click through to read more…

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