Burton and Motorola Sowboarding jacket

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:24
Category: Accessory, Any Laptop Computer

Remember when Burton came out with the Amp, that snowboarding jacket with a special slot for your iPod? Well, this is just like that, except now it’s Motorola trying to prove they can roll with the X-Games set. This time they’re the ones working with Burton instead of Apple, and they’re taking things just that littlest step further by adding a cellphone to the mix. The new jacket the two are collaborating on should be out in the 2nd half of this year and will come with two special padding casings, one for a cellphone (it sounds like it will actually ship with a Moto, natch), the other for an MP3 player, and will sport a control pad sewn into the sleeve that’ll let you operate each gadget and easily switch between them. The jacket also comes with removable speakers in the hood, but will have Bluetooth if you want to use a wireless headset. And if that’s not enough for ya, they’re working on a line of snowboarding helmets and
caps, too. (Thanks Engadget)

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Complete Your Migration to Firefox

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:43
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Software

FirefoxLooking for a way to complete the migration from Safari? Look no further than Safari Bookmarks Exporter. If you find yourself using Firefox 1.0 and mumbling about bugs or other weirdness, try updating your version. Reinhold Penner’s excellent FireFix automatically updates Firefox to the latest nightly version. No user intervention is required, everything is fully automated.

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Hack Your iPod With Your Mac

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:19
Category: Accessory, iPod

Want to change your iPod’s graphics using a Mac? AlterPod v0.3b from
Podite is the second release of a cool application for extracting and replacing your iPod’s display graphics. AlterPod can also backup and restore your iPod’s firmware partition to your Mac’s hard drive.
To edit the extracted graphic files you’ll need an image manipulation application that is capable of opening and saving *.PGM files (Portable GreyMap). I.E. Graphic Converter.
Sluggo at podite.com writes:

I successfully altered the “Do not disconnect” image on my 60GB iPod photo using a combination of alterPod, Graphic Converter 5.4, Photoshop and iPodIcons.
1. Backed up my existing firmware with alterPod.
2. Viewed the firmware file with iPodIcons.
3. Created a 100×100 pixel RGB graphic in Photoshop.
4. Saved it as a TIF and opened in Graphic Converter.
5. Saved it as a “PPM” (instead of PGM because it’s color).
6. Back to iPodIcons, selected the existing “Do not disconnect” image.
7. Right (or control) click and selected “Import Image”, selecting my
saved PPM file.
8. iPodIcons shows my replaced image.
9. Selected “Export Firmware” from File menu.
10. Back to alterPod.
11. Selected “Firmware Restore” tab.
12. Restored my firmware using my altered firmware file.
13. Once alterPod said it was complete, I just ejected my iPod, and it
automatically rebooted sitting in the dock.
14. Once it re-started, my replaced image was there in all it’s glory.
iPodIcons 0.2.3 is similar to iPodWizard but it runs on Mac OS X and Linux (thanks to Qt).
iPodIcons makes use of ipodedit. See http://austin.mit.edu/ipod/ for more information about ipodedit.

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How to Hack T-Mobile

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:54
Category: Archive

From MobileWhack comes an update on T-Mobile’s
crippling of BlackBerry data access in several markets. Emory has
found a workaround, sort of. Click to read more….

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Motorola's Serious Looking DVR Rolling out to Comcast

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:06
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Consumer Electronics

Motorola DCT6400 on ComcastIn a previous story we mentioned that you can capture digital programming from the FireWire port on the back of new cable box (Motorola 6400) being used by Comcast. If you’re wondering about how Comcast’s new Hi-Def DVR compares to say TiVo, check out this article on PVRBlog.com:

I’ve been reading reviews and reports of Motorola’s dual tuner, HDTV 6412 DVR, and word on the street is that it’s finally reaching a lot of major Comcast markets. While almost all reviews of cable company DVRs have been mostly poor, due to bad software, bad hardware, or an overall low quality experience, this one looks like a serious TiVo fighter, since it packs a lot of features you just can’t get in a TiVo.

I have been using the 6412 DVR for a little over a week and have to admit to being totally enamoured with the ability to record HDTV. I also love that is has dual tuners which means that you can watch one and record another or even record two shows at once. There’s even a hack to enable the 30-second skip button. Sure, the guide blows and there’s no thumbs up or wish lists but that will come as Comcast rolls out the Microsoft TV Foundation 1.7 software to more and more customers.
So, where are you on the whoie DVR thing?

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Motorola Shows off iTunes cellphone at CES

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:46
Category: Mobile Phone

From Engadget and PCWorld we get word of the first iTunes-compatible phone:

Not quite the magical unveiling of the iPhone that we’ve all been waiting for (guess that could still be in the offing at Macworld or something), but Motorola executive VP Ron Garriques showed off the first iTunes-compatible handset during his keynote address at CES yesterday. He wouldn’t cough up anything much about the phone itself or when Apple fans everywhere will finally be able to feel whole, but the phone itself did have an iPod-like navigation interface and sync with iTunes just like a proper iPod.

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Apple: Fix Your Hinges!

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:30
Category: Opinion, PowerBook

Apple: Fix Your Hinges!
My five-month-old PowerBook G4 15-inch 1.5GHz is a total piece of crap. The hinges are creaking worse than that old door sound effect from Hallowe’en and I am getting a little tired of it. Each time I open or close my PowerBook the right hinge releases an awful “snap” sound and I am certain that either it or the screen is broken. Each time I open and close my PowerBook I am reminded of the innumerable hinge problems that Apple has with almost every model.
In fact, hinge problems are so rampant with PowerBooks that an entire cottage industry has cropped up to fix it. Apple should bundle a tube of AIGlide from RadTech.us with every PowerBook that they sell.
My current PowerBook hinge situation is at the point of being embarrassing when I’m in a meeting or if someone else asks to use my PowerBook. “Ewwww, What’s That?” they ask when they open my PowerBook… I tell them that it’s a design flaw that manifests itself in most PowerBooks over time and that mine is less than six months old. They’re even more shocked when I tell them that I baby my PowerBooks and always have them in several layers of protection, etc.
Note to Apple: Please fix the hinges in the upcoming PowerBook G5 or WE WON’T BUY THEM. I won’t be buying the first generation PBG5 until I find out the deal with the hinges and recommend that you do the same. And since Apple doesn’t give review hardware to Web journalists they can continue to cosy up to WSJ, BusinessWeek and rumor-mongerer Forbes and hope that they’ll give it their stamp of approval.
If the PowerBook G5 turns out to be a US$3000 power-hungry, furnace with hinges that suck, Do us all a favor Apple and keep it in the labs. We won’t get fooled again.
How are your hinges? Any issues with the quality of Apple’s PowerBooks these days?

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Forbes: 'Apple Bites The Fans That Feed It'

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:45
Category: Announcement, Any Laptop Computer

Forbes’ Lisa DiCarlo wrote an interesting piece about Apple’s new strategy for 2005 to litigate its best customers. Specifically, she delves into Apple’s suit against ThinkSecret.com.

Make no mistake, there’s a good chance that the source of ThinkSecret’s story about plans for a $500 Mac and new business software did break whatever legal agreement not to divulge the information that they had agreed to with Apple. And, one must assume it is at least partly true, or Apple wouldn’t bother suing.

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