Mini Tutorial: Liquid Mishaps

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Date: Thursday, October 14th, 2004, 08:27
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Hardware

A new MacFixIt article deals with an age-old PowerPage topic: Dealing with accidental beverage spills on your PowerBook/iBook.

Immediate post-spill procedure Perhaps the most important step in avoiding permanent damage to a PowerBook or iBook that has been introduced to a spilled liquid is immediately unplugging the unit, removing the battery, and performing a perfunctory wipe-down with a clean, dry cloth and/or cotton tip.
Next, if your PowerBook has a removable keyboard, lift it from the unit and allow the internal components to dry

Don’t become a statistic, these important tips can save your PowerBook from destruction. Just remember to write to us with your Extreme PowerBook story, Ok?

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QuickerTek's High Gain 5.5dbi PowerBook Antenna

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Date: Thursday, October 14th, 2004, 08:28
Category: Archive

QuickerTek announced new high-gain versions of their PowerBook wireless antennas. The new design reportedly more than doubles the signal strength of its Whip antenna (US$99.95). The company also reduced the price of their Apple Airport Base Station antenna upgrades as well as the Whip antenna for PowerBook G4 titaniums, which are now US$69.95 each.

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Caption Contest Winner: Paris Hilton's PowerBook (Updated)

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Date: Wednesday, October 13th, 2004, 08:40
Category: Archive

Paris Hilton's PowerBookOk, I couldn’t resist posting this one. Check out this shot of Paris Hilton using a PowerBook (12-inch?) in her dressing room. What do you think she’s doing? IM? Online shopping? Checking her email? Stock portfolio? Probably not searching for herself on Aquisition or Limewire, I’d bet…
UPDATED 10/14 01:00 -> We asked readers to write a creative caption for the photo using the comments below…
And, drum roll please, the winner is…
“Why doesn’t the screen erase when i shake it?”
Brilliant :) Although the contest is over, please keep ‘em coming! -Ed

(Thanks DogMatic).

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Apple FY 04 Fourth Quarter Results Conference Call (Update 3)

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Date: Tuesday, October 12th, 2004, 23:12
Category: Archive

Apple yesterday broadcast its FY 04 Fourth Quarter Results Conference Call utilizing Apple?s popular QuickTime 6. The live audio webcast was accessible through Apple?s Web site with a copy of QuickTime 6.
UPDATED: eWeek report “Apple Revenue, Profits Soar”

Apple Computer Inc. reported the highest quarterly revenue in 9 years Wednesday as strong sales of Macintosh laptops and iPod music players allowed the company to generate $2.35 billion in revenue in its fiscal 2004 fourth quarter.
Quarterly revenue increased 37 percent from the $1.7 billion reported in the year ago quarter.
However slower than expected deliveries of IBM’s 3GHz PowerPC G5 CPU chips that power Apple’s desktop product lines put constraints on the company’s manufacturing output. This caused Apple’s inventory to fall below the four-week minimum target that the company prefers to maintain, said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple CFO.

You can also read the full results at Apple.com

For its fiscal 2004 fourth quarter, Apple posted a net profit of $106 million, or $.26 per diluted share. These results compare to a profit of $44 million, or $.12 per share, a year ago. Revenue for the quarter was $2.35 billion, up 37% from a year ago. Gross margin was 27%, up from 26.6% last year. International sales accounted for 37% of revenue.

Worth a read is Apple’s mid-life crisis. “With the stock nearing $40, can shares of Apple Computer still be a buy?”

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Living in the Proverbial Closet Because of the Big Business Marketing Machine

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Date: Tuesday, October 12th, 2004, 11:19
Category: Archive

Faithful Apple users enjoy to hide the fact they are Mac fanatics, especially when toting the iPod. Read more…

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Change the Color of Your iPod Screen, Hack the Remote

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Date: Tuesday, October 12th, 2004, 07:24
Category: Archive

With some colored transparency film, an exacto knife and throwing caution to the wind, you can make your ipod screen just about any color. Read more.
HackADay.com also links to a great guide on how the ipod remote works, “if you?re like me, and might be if you?re reading this, you?d like to control your ipod via other ways, like wiring your jacket, or wrist watch. this site has all the info, connections, signals and protocol to pull it off.”

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Apple Opening First Store in Delaware This Week

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Date: Tuesday, October 12th, 2004, 07:30
Category: Archive

MacMinute reports that Apple will open its first retail store in Delaware this Saturday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m. The new Apple Store is located at the Christiana Mall in Newark. Like all Apple Store grand openings, 1,000 T-shirts and a Digital Lifestyle package valued at US$2,350 will be given away (package now includes an iMac G5).
Delaware is just a short drive south of Philadelphia and doesn’t have a state sales tax – especially important when buying high ticket items.

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My Life with the BlackBerry Cult

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Date: Tuesday, October 12th, 2004, 07:34
Category: Archive

RIM Blackberry 7100tLast Thursday was the launch of the BlackBerry 7100t at T-Mobile USA. I have been using BlackBerry devices for the last two years now, and really appreciated the ability to get in touch with my colleagues in the office, but was generally unimpressed enough with them for personal use primarily because they wouldn’t work with my Macs. (And I am one of those paranoids that refuses to put his personal contacts and appointments on anything owned by The Company.)
Well those guys at PocketMac have fixed the problem of a BlackBerry not playing well with a Mac by cooking up a fantastic method of getting your BlackBerry to talk to your Mac and get things synced into iCal calendars, AddressBook and notes into Stickies. It also will put things into the appropriate parts of Entourage, which makes me really excited, though due to the household calendar sharing my partner and I have going on, it works best to just stick to iCal.
Read the rest of Emory’s review of the 7100t at MobileWhack.com.

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iChat Needs VOIP, Multiplatform Support

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Date: Monday, October 11th, 2004, 09:02
Category: Archive

MacSlash has linked to an article discussing how Instant Messenger clients are poised to morph into Voice Over IP (VOIP) clients in the coming years.

Kelly McNeill writes “New research shows that Net phone technology will will be growing by leaps ands bounds in the next few years. Harry Rider submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which hypothesizes that the major players in IM will dominate this market by integrating VOIP technology into their client software packages. He believes that Apple’s iChat will go multiplatform after integrating VOIP technology and then will also cross-sell its iSight video conferencing camera to address customers currently paying video conference rental fees.”

The link to the actual editorial can be found at MacSlash.
What are your thoughts on VOIP and the next generation of tools? Do you use any of them now? Do you plan to in the future?

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EasyWatch Brings Mobile Digital TV Reception to PowerBooks

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Date: Monday, October 11th, 2004, 09:08
Category: Archive

According to LowEndMac Elgato has teamed with hardware supplier SCM Microsystems and cooperation partner Satelco to launch the new EasyWatch DVB-T PC Card as a cross platform solution for Windows and Mac OS