Great Moments in Microprocessor History

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Date: Monday, December 27th, 2004, 15:05
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The microprocessor changed the world: how did we get from the first 4-bit models in the 1970s to today’s 64-bit multicore monsters? This article covers the history of the micro from the vacuum tube to today’s dual-core multithreaded madness.

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Ask PowerPage: Retaining iTunes Ratings After Reformatting

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Date: Monday, December 27th, 2004, 08:01
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iTunes My RatingsDear PowerPage,
I am preparing to upgrade to a larger PowerBook hard drive that I received as a Christmas gift and need your advice. I have spent a lot of time working on the ID3 tags in my iTunes library so that they are pristine and have all the correct album artwork, genres, years, etc. but I remember reading that iTunes ratings (and other ID3 tags) can disappear if you move you music library. I am trying to avoid this for obvious reasons.
I remember reading here on the PowerPage that the best way to survive a “nuke and pave” is to keep the hard drive name and Mac OS X user account _exactly the same_ as it was on the old hard drive. The only problem is that I’d like to set up my new hard drive with a different name and even change the name of my OS X user account.
What is the recommended way to upgrade to a new drive and retain all of my precious ID3 tags? What else do I need to look out for if I change my HDD name? (iPhoto library?) Will my permissions be messed up forever if I change my Mac OS X user account?
Any help appreciated!

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Bluetooth Headsets Redefine Themselves

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Date: Monday, December 27th, 2004, 08:01
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Nokia HS-13wBluetooth headsets have graduated into an entirely new league. A new generation of the devices feature built-in LCDs so that you can see who’s calling without ever digging around for your phone. Some of the new models coming to market include:
Nokia’s HS-13w Bluetooth Picture Headset. According to Josh Rubin:

The HS-13w is a new wireless headset from Nokia. It includes a color display for viewing pictures and browsing the contact list. It also includes a voice dialing feature that supports speaking numbers or the name of someone in the contact list. Two things make this headset intriguing– first, it’s meant to be like techno jewelry. you wear it around your neck and display images on it. A digital locket. Second is the addition of a functional display for looking up and dialing contacts.

The Sony Ericsson HBH-200 Bluetooth headset also departs from previous all-in-one headset designs, sporting an LCD that dangles from the actual earbud itself.
The Jabra BT800 is a Bluetooth headset with a 21×64 pixel LCD display, five ringtones, vibrating mode, noise cancellation, six hours of talk time, charging via both USB and AC power, and that weighs in at just three-fourths of an ounce according to Engadget. (The PowerPage is a big fan of Jabra’s BT250).
The cool thing about this new generation of Bluetooth headset is that you can see who’s calling without having to rummage through your gear bag to find your phone.
Did you get a Bluetooth headset as a Christmas gift? Which one? Post your mini-review below.

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What's In Your PowerBook Bag?

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Date: Monday, December 27th, 2004, 07:48
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I really like lists. I hope you do too because here is a big one and there is nothing you can do about it. Ok, I suppose you could just stop reading the site. Never mind about the whole ?nothing you can do about it? part. Anyway, here is a glimpse into my laptop bag.
So, what’s in your PowerBook bag?

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Is the Shine Coming off the Apple?

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Date: Monday, December 27th, 2004, 07:28
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The Mac Mind Site Admin Matt Evans comes out of the server room to voice his opinion on Apple’s sometimes questionable ethics in Why I’m Not An Apple Fanboy

Apple, while a creative and productive company, is far from ethically perfect. Here are some problems I feel Apple has that keep me from being a fan… Read the whole story at The Mac Mind.

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Butler: Launcher, Bookmark Manager and Search Utility

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Date: Monday, December 27th, 2004, 07:47
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I recently started looking for an alternative to Quickeys, which is a great program, but has become pricey with constant upgrades. Anyway, I only use it for launching/switching between programs. I found Butler, a new program from Peter Maurer. Butler replaces the launcher functions of Quickeys and does much more. Check it out.

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iCab 3.0 Beta Released

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Date: Monday, December 27th, 2004, 07:03
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Remember iCab? The browser with the cute little Taxi cab? Just when I finally settles on FireFox, the browser wars appear to be heating up again. A beta version of iCab 3.0 has been released at www.icab.de.

iCab is a web browser for the Macintosh.
The development of iCab is not finished at the moment, some features of the final version are missing. You can get the current version of iCab at the download page. In the next few months better versions of iCab will be offered on our site.

So what’s your main browser these days?

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