T-Mobile Cripples the Blackberry

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Date: Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004, 14:33
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Blackberry's Crippled by T-MobileIn his article “T-Mobile Tells BlackBerry Users: GetLess!” PowerPage editor Emory Lundberg reports about how T-Mobile effectively crippled the Blackberry smartphone on its network by disallowing outbound requests on TCP port 80. A real sin considering that T-Mo Blackberry users pay US$40 per month for “BlackBerry Unlimited w/Enterprise E-mail” that includes “Unlimited Web Browsing.”
I was considering the purchase of the cool new Blackberry 7100t but it looks like T-Mobile has eliminated it as an option for me. Bah Humbug T-Mobile!
I recommend that you avoid buying a Blackberry on T-Mobile until the issue has been addressed. In the mean time, Blackberry T-Mobile customers should call the Wireless Data Group +1-877-369-4588 to complain.

Since October of 2004, various subscribers to the T-Mobile network have been reporting that they are no longer able to make outbound requests on TCP port 80.
Admittedly, a lot of the noise about this online is because users of the T-Mobile “t-zones” data plan were not only able to access WAP sites, but any other website as well. Adding insult to injury, smart users were hooking up cables and using Bluetooth connections to their handsets and devices like laptops and PDAs, giving them a relatively complete Internet connection with a few caveats.
This cheap (or even free in some cases) Internet service was a prime selling point for T-Mobile – a lot of people were moving to T-Mobile and getting fancy smartphones for their trouble, and chewing up data for nearly nothing.
Now this isn’t about the free-ride people were getting at T-Mobile, this is a completely different take on what T-Mobile has done to counter the freeloaders, at the expense of users who pay money for a premium service. I talking about the users of the RIM BlackBerry, currently being given the shaft, by T-Mobile. Read the rest of the article here

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Change Your Default Browser From Safari to FireFox

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Date: Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004, 06:20
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FireFox 1.0So you’ve downloaded FireFox and want to change your default browser from Safari to FireFox on your Apple Mac OS X but for some reason you can’t find where to change the default browser.
Here’s how to change the default browser in Mac OS X.
1. If you haven’t already, download and install FireFox
2.Once FireFox is installed open Safari (yes that’s right… Open Safari!)
3.Click on the menu at the top of the screen that says “Safari” then click on the third option that says “preferences”
4. From the window that appears click on the button that says “General”
5. You’ll see a drop down menu that’s labeled Default Web Browser, it will read Safari or Internet Explorer or what ever web browser you have as default at present. Click on the drop down menu and select FireFox you have now changed your default browser to FireFox. You can now close the Safari preferences window and then quit Safari

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Crystalized Mobile Devices – Bling for Your iPod

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Date: Tuesday, December 21st, 2004, 11:23
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Bling for Your iPodGSM Dealer is now offering to crystalize your mobile technology devices. The company specializes in mobile phones, PDAs and iPods.
An iPod mini with a full crystal cover will set you back US$699. Crystalizing your SideKick II, PalmOne Treo 600/650 or Motorola Razor V3 will cost US$399 (you supply the device).

Our limited Crystal works looks good enough to eat. Palm Beach preppies and urban ?it? girls alike will salivate over our fabulous fuchsia, Swarovski crystals, and luxe limited designs for mini ipod, Motorola V3, Sidekick II and Treo.
Swarovski is the world?s leading manufacturer and supplier of cut crystals that is used by hand to create these master pieces. Fashion luminaries such as Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli and Dior all used Swarovski crystals and today?s international design stars like Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Roberto Cavalli, as well as many young creators continue to rely on Swarovski for its innovative and high quality products and service. We have many colors of mini ipods, Sidekick II and Treo studded with gorgeous crystals select the color of your choice:

If you like to comparison shop, check out our previous stories from back in September on Crystalmini and NYCPeach who also crystalize your mobile kit for a fee.

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Constant Interference – AirPort Reception Issues

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Date: Tuesday, December 21st, 2004, 08:19
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I don’t know about you but wireless technology seems to have gone from great to horrible in just a couple of short years. Back in the day, I could plug in an original AirPort base station to a broadband connection and boom! I was online with a rock solid connection.
Now, my AirPort Extreme base station keeps dropping off the radar, disappearing, submarining, whatever you want to call it. I have added a AirPort Express to the setup so that I can play AirTunes over my stereo system, but yet I can’t see it from my den, a scant 18-feet away.
To make matters worse, I seem to have to constantly reboot either the base station or my DSL modem or both, then often I can’t connect to the same base station when it comes back online “error joining base station.” Huh? What kind of error? A little more description in these dialogs wouldn’t hurt, Apple?
I am having these problems mostly with a 15-inch Aluminum PowerBook 1.5GHz and they doesn’t seem to manifest itself on my 12-inch PBG4.
I am ready to ditch my AirPort hardware and switch to wired Ethernet again! What is the deal with AirPort these days? Could it be my neighbor’s cheap (900MHz) cordless phones? What can be done to stop this madness?

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Expanded iBook Logic Board Repair Extension Program

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Date: Monday, December 20th, 2004, 12:21
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Another reminder that if your iBook has a serial number in the range from UV220XXXXXX to UV318XXXXXX you may need to have it serviced. The repair program was expanded six months ago to cover serial numbers UV117XXXXXX to UV342XXXXXX.
If your iBook has any of the following symptoms your logic board may need repair or replacement: Scrambled or distorted video; Appearance of unexpected lines on the screen; Intermittent video image; Video freeze; Apple iBook computer starts up to blank or black screen.
The iBook Logic Board Repair Extension Program covers iBooks for three years after the first retail sale of the iBook.
More info can be found in Apple’s iBook FAQ.
From the FAQ linked to above:
“How long is the Expanded iBook Logic Board Repair Extension Program available?
The program covers affected iBooks for three years after the first retail sale of the unit or until March 18, 2005, whichever provides longer coverage for you. Apple will continue to evaluate the repair data and will provide further repair extensions as needed.”
The date stamp on the FAQ indicates it was updated last Friday (Dec 17th).

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PowerPage Gift Guide 2004 – Best Mac Stuff of the Year (Updated)

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Date: Monday, December 20th, 2004, 10:00
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PowerPage Gift Guide 2004So what are you getting that special PowerBook owner on your list this year? An iPod? An accessory? What do you get for the PowerBook owner with everything? The PowerPage editors have compiled their list of the best hardware, software and accessories of 2004 – now get shopping! Click through for the list…

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iPod Shortage? What iPod Shortage?

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Date: Monday, December 20th, 2004, 08:48
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Apple iPod PhotoWe all knew this was coming, but it appears that most major retailers in the United States are completely sold out of iPods – at least in the popular (and less expensive) colors and configurations. But don’t fret just yet, with a little patience and some flexibility you’ll be able to find an iPod by Christmas. Read more…

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m4c h4x

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Date: Monday, December 20th, 2004, 01:38
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There has been an aweful lot of Apple pr0duck h4xing on hackaday.com lately! If you’re into changing your iPod’s on-screen graphics and that iTablet we linked to last week, check it out!

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iPod Helps Radiologists Manage Medical Images (Updated)

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Date: Sunday, December 19th, 2004, 21:20
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Osirix Medical Imaging App for iPod PhotoAn interesting article by the Radiation Society of North America (RSNA) about how radiologists around the world are now using iPods to store medical images.

Dr. Ratib and Antoine Rosset, M.D., a radiologist in Geneva, Switzerland, recently developed OsiriX, Macintosh-based software for display and manipulation of complex medical image data.
“We chose to do it on the Macintosh because of the high performance of Mac graphics,” Dr. Ratib says. “The purpose is to be able to quickly and interactively manipulate very large data sets in 3D, 4D and even 5D. It’s amazing how much performance we get.”
How did the developers go from a music player to a medical storage device? “We basically wanted something that everybody could use,” explains Dr. Ratib. “That’s why OsiriX can be used with the iPod, iChat and other tools.”

For the full text of this story visit RSNA.org.
Updated 12-21-2004:
Engadget had this to add:

We knew there was a good practical use for the iPod photo and that it wasn?t just meant to be a pseudo movie viewer, as doctors in Switzerland have developed OsiriX, a system for displaying medical images via iPod. Docs can easily scroll through for the appropriate picture and they can easily carry around thousands of images with them at all times. (Photo courtesy of Engadget)

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Sharing Your Keyboard and Mouse with Synergy

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Date: Wednesday, December 15th, 2004, 22:27
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There are a lot of ways to share keyboards and other input devices across various computers. There are KVM switches, remote-desktop applications like Apple Remote Desktop and VNC, and there are ways to give computers multiple displays to further increase the width and height of your pixel farm. Read on…

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