Midnight Missive: What Makes You an Apple User in 2005?

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Date: Monday, February 28th, 2005, 11:25
Category: Opinion

If Apple is right – many of you are reading this staring at a beautiful flat screen (over 40% of them portable) and probably running a version of OS X with most of your room now doused in the ubiquitous silver and white.
We all cheer when Apple gets it right, we love when they steal the show – as they have done with iPod. But remember the dark old days? The starting point for this Web site was when Apple released the infamous PowerBook 5300c with a colossal price and colossal design faults to match. So, are we riding high into the sun with Apple these days? Yes on many counts, but…

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iPod Camera Connector Revealed

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Date: Monday, February 28th, 2005, 10:47
Category: Accessory, iPod

Gizmodo has posted a picture of the new iPod Camera Connector. AppleInsider claims that the picture is from an Apple Japan press briefing held on Friday. Thank God it’s not some huge dongle. Now, don’t get me started on the US$30 price… Availability is still anyone’s guess, as its not yet listed at the Apple Store.

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How-To: Install a Bluetooth Module in a PowerMac G5

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Date: Monday, February 28th, 2005, 10:44
Category: Take Apart

French Web site Pomme Grenette has posted a tutorial (in English) which describes how to install a Bluetooth module in a PowerMac G5, with some pictures for each different step.

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Disgruntled Apple Reseller Closes Its Doors

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Date: Monday, February 28th, 2005, 10:15
Category: Archive

Previously we covered a class action lawsuit filed by a group of former Apple resellers and California consumers alleging a long list of illegal and improper business practices by the computer company. We also linked to a scathing story in last month’s VAR Business magazine called “Inside the Channel’s Battle With Apple.”
The following letter was sent to MACadam customers after the Apple reseller was forced to close its doors after what President Tom Santos called “the consistent bad behavior of our number one supplier, Apple Computer.” Read the whole letter after the jump.

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Apple Sponsors Remix Hotel Miami March 2005

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Date: Monday, February 28th, 2005, 09:34
Category: Archive

Apple is sponsoring Remix Hotel Miami, which happens next month during Winter Music Conference (WMC) at Eden Roc Resort (4525 Collins Ave @ 45th St.) March 24-26 and is being billed as Three Days of Total Technology Immersion. Admission is free.

Daytime events include hands-on access via live demos, performances and discussions with top artists and experts on today’s music production gear.
Don’t miss the return of the Guitar Center retail area for special pricing on the products seen at the RHMIA.
Q&A Sessions with top artists led by Remix editors Kylee Swenson and Erin Hutton will alternate with live performances from Sonic Bids.

If you find yourself in South Beach for WMC this year get in touch for a meetup.

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Waterfield Debuts New iPod mini and Mac mini Cases

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Date: Monday, February 28th, 2005, 09:30
Category: Luggage

Waterfield has started shipping a SleeveCase custom-designed for the Mac Mini,and a GearPouch to hold the iPod mini and its accessories. The Mac mini SleeveCase (US$39) measures 7.2″ x 7.2″ x 2.5″, and comes in black ballistic nylon with Lead Indium trim. The iPod mini Gear Pouch ($29) measures 7.75″x3.75″x1.2″ and comes in black ballistic nylon with Blue, Celeste, Checkers, Lead, or Taxi Indium trim. All are available now from www.sfbags.com.

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Stream Anything to Your AirPort Express With Airfoil (Updated)

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Date: Monday, February 28th, 2005, 09:34
Category: Software

Princeton, NJ – Rogue Amoeba Software is pleased to finally unveil Airfoil (originally announced as Slipstream), the first and best way to send audio from any application directly to the AirPort Express. Everyone who owns one of Apple’s popular AirPort Express devices will be thrilled to be able to send audio from applications like RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, QuickTime, and Safari right to their remote speakers. In just seconds, Airfoil can send audio from almost any application on OS X directly to the AirPort Express.
Back in December we mentioned Rogue Amoeba’s Slipstream application that allows you to stream audio from any application to the Apple AirPort Express. We received word that the new application will ship (under a new name) as early as tomorrow, Tuesday 01 March. Stay tuned…

With Slipstream, audio from any application can be sent to the AirPort Express – users longing to send audio from applications like RealPlayer and Windows Media Player need look no further than Slipstream.

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MacOSX.com Launches Free Tech Support Service

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Date: Monday, February 28th, 2005, 02:10
Category: Archive

MacOSX.com announces free personal technical support services. The new free service feature is email based and provides individual attention by a Macintosh tech. Responses to issues are generally provided in less than 24 hours. Read More…

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Jef Raskin, Apple GUI & Human Interface Pioneer Dies

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Date: Sunday, February 27th, 2005, 04:41
Category: News

Digibarn reports that Jef Raskin, human-computer interface expert who began the Macintosh project for Apple Computer died on Saturday, February 26th, 2005.
Jef Raskin is the human-computer interface expert who began the Macintosh project for Apple Computer and is the author of The Humane Interface, which in large part builds on his earlier work with the Canon Cat. Raskin received a B.S. Mathematics and B.A. in Philosophy from the State University of New York and an M.S. in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University. As an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), he taught classes ranging from computer science to photography.
Raskin joined Apple in January 1978 as the 31st employee. He later hired his former student Bill Atkinson from UCSD to work at Apple, and began the Macintosh project. He is credited with the decision to use a one-button mouse as part of the Apple interface, a departure from the Xerox PARC standard of a three-button mouse. He has since stated that were he to redesign the interface today, he would have used a two button mouse.
Raskin designed the Canon Cat, released in 1987.
At the beginning of the new millennium, Raskin undertook the building of The Humane Environment (THE). THE is a system incarnating his concepts of the humane interface, by using open source elements within his rendition of a ZUI or Zooming User Interface.
Sources: Wikipedia.com, Digibarn.com

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Vonage VOIP and VPN using AirPort (Snow)

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Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2005, 23:33
Category: Archive

After recently purchasing the Vonage VOIP service for cheap unlimited telephone over the Internet, I found that everything seemed to work after the very simple setup. I was able to use the telephone in under five minutes and I was able to hook up my AirPort (Snow) base station and use the Internet. However, I was unable to connect to my office VPN. I swapped the AirPort base station with the Vonage Linksys Router and I was able to connect to my VPN without issue.

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