WiebeTech Shipping Bus-Powered FireWire 800 Portable Drive

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Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2005, 11:56
Category: Hardware

WiebeTech is now shipping a 200GB 7200RPM UltraGB+ portable drive enclosure that is accessible through a FireWire 800 interface (400 compatible). UltraGB+ is bus-powered, allowing you to access massive amounts of data without carrying an AC adapter.

When attached to an adequately powered FireWire host port, it will function just like any other desktop drive. It features our toughest desktop enclosure with FlexMount? anti-shock protection that protects the hard drive from external bumps and vibrations. The aluminum case provides durability as well as heat dissipation.
First announced in January at MacWorld, all versions of UltraGB+ are now shipping, including this new 200GB version. UltraGB+ is the world’s highest capacity, bus powered FireWire 800/400 drive. UltraGB+ is available in three different capacities: 120GB, 160GB and 200GB.

I have been using one of WiebeTech’s ToughTech (non bus-powered) FireWire 800 desktop hard drive enclosures for a few months now and love it. An empty ToughTech enclosure costs US$119 and numerous drive options are available including a 250GB 7200 RPM (8MB Cache) that sells for US$339.
I purchased a 250GB, 7200 RPM Western Digital drive, installed it in my ToughTech enclosure and it totally saved me from near catastrophe when my 80GB internal hard drive went bad. The ToughTech is super fast (FW 800), quiet (it’s fanless) and the unique FlexMount anti-shock protection keeps my drive safe from shock and also reduces enclosure noise.

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iPod mini 2 Unboxing

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Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2005, 10:31
Category: Archive

iPod mini 2 UnboxingDr-mip from Kodawarison.com has already recieved his iPod mini 2 and has posted pictures of the unboxing (English, Japanese). I wonder how long it will be until he takes it apart? Doctor, what time is surgery?

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Apple Ditches FireWire in Favor of USB, Worlds Collide

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Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2005, 10:36
Category: Opinion

Apple iPod FireWire Cable Goes Bah-By!In probably the most surprising move in the announcement of the new iPods yesterday Apple has unbundled the FireWire cable in favor of (Gasp!) USB. Has Steve Jobs lost his mind? Read More…

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Is the Monochrome iPod on the way out?

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Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2005, 10:11
Category: iPod, Opinion

It looks to me like the US$349 30GB iPod Photo is a much better deal than the remaining 20GB monochrome iPod at US$299. You have to love U2 or the color black to get the US$349 20GB U2 edition. It looks like Apple will simplify the iPod line shortly to just three players: the Shuffle with no screen, mini with monochrome screen and full size with color screen. Or maybe they’ll add a color display to the mini (as has been rumored recently) and ditch the monochrome displays altogher?

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Apple Adds Image Capture to iPod Photo

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Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2005, 09:26
Category: Accessory, iPod

iPod PhotoOne of the least publicized and most important features announced with the new iPod Photo yesterday was the addition of Image Capture support allowing you to upload photos from a digital camera to the iPod – with an option US$30 dongle. Read More…

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Apple Gouging iPod Accessory Customers in UK

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Date: Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005, 09:45
Category: Accessory, iPod

The pricing of iPod camera accessories in the UK goes far beyond Apple’s usual mark-up. Read More…

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Another Reason to Buy a Mac mini? (Updated)

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Date: Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005, 09:22
Category: Archive

Mac Mini DVI-to-VGA adapterI know it’s a poor excuse to shell out US$500 for the Mac mini, but did you notice the really cool DVI-to-VGA adapter that comes with this computer? It is certainly much smaller than what came with your PowerBook and doesn’t have that long annoying cable between each plug. I know what’s going in my travel kit soon – one way or another.
Updated 2005-0224:
Go to your local Apple Authorized Service provider, and ask for part number 922-6675. That is the Mac mini DVI to VGA adapter’s part number. You’ll have to pay for it, and prices will vary from shop to shop, and it will take a day or two to get it.

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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

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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.

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