Cabir Worm Wriggles Into U.S. Mobile Phones

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Date: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005, 22:14
Category: Mobile Phone

Several months after its first sighting in the Philippines, the Cabir worm that infects mobile phones running Symbian OS with the Series 60 user interface has turned up in the U.S. More at ComputerWorld


Apple Announces 6GB iPod mini and 30GB iPod Photo, Drops Prices

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Date: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005, 13:26
Category: Hardware, Mac mini

iPod mini 2.0Apple this morning announced a new 6GB iPod mini at the same price (US$249) as the previous 4GB model and a 30GB iPod Photo that retails for US$349. Curiously, Apple bagged the gold colored iPod mini and reduced the line to four colors (pink, green, blue and silver) but they added color-coordinated icons on the touch wheel and extended the battery life to 18 hours. The new iPod Photo 30GB is much thinner than the 60GB model and comes in at a low US$349 price point. The 60GB iPod Photo has been reduced to US$449.

Apple Unveils New iPod mini Starting at Just $199
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MaMUGs Grows to Become The Apple Groups Team

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Date: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005, 09:21
Category: Archive

The Mid-Atlantic Apple & Macintosh User Groups Team (MaMUGs) will become The Apple Groups Team (TAGteam). The mission continues to be offering support to even more of those organizations that both want and need the assistance; however, the organization now includes developers, vendors, manufacturers, resellers and Apple retailers as well to help build more of the types of relationships that continue to be the foundation of the organization.


Tip: PowerBook Brightness Flickering Fix

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Date: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005, 00:06
Category: Software

Radio Baily has posted a fix for the PowerBook/10.3.8 screen brightness bug:

One of the nicest features of the 15″ Aluminum PowerBooks (and some of its siblings) is their ambient light sensors. Situated under each speaker grille, these allow the ‘Book to tell how bright its environment is and adjust the screen brightness (and backlit keyboard if you have one) to suit.
It’s a thing o’ beauty to put the machine to sleep in a full light office, wake it up in a low light environment at home and have the screen dim to a comfortable level and fade up the keyboard lighting. That was until 10.3.8 when things went slightly batty. The PowerBook developed a nervous tic. You could almost sneeze and it would drop the brightness down a bit then back up again, resulting in a maddening flicker effect.
Until Apple fixes it here’s how I fixed it on mine.

Beware though, it’s not for the weak of heart.


Best Use of a PowerBook: Free In-Flight Phone Calls

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Date: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005, 00:17
Category: Archive

Edward Vielmetti claims to have telephoned a colleague on a commercial flight using in-flight WiFi Internet access and free Internet telephony service Skype.

I spoke with Valdis Krebs this afternoon who was high over the Atlantic flying SAS on his way home from eastern Europe. He was talking to me using Skype, and not paying anything extra for the call over and above the $29 fee he paid for 6 hours of wifi service.
The flight used Boeing’s Connexion service. Skype sound quality was as good as ever – he didn’t have a separate mic and was just using the built-in on his Mac PowerBook.

Boeing offers in-flight wireless internet access for a US$30 flat rate on some flights. According to one of the comments, the Connexion service offer a respectable 5 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up with an option for 20 Mbps down with existing equipment.