Accessing AirPort Base Stations Using Windows Service Pack 1

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Date: Friday, February 18th, 2005, 15:56
Category: Software

Every time my friends would come over to my place with their sub-sufficient, work-provided, lame Windows laptops, they were unable to jump onto my Apple AirPort (snow) base station.

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Napster = Piracy

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Date: Friday, February 18th, 2005, 08:40
Category: music

The reincarnated Napster has worked hard to shed its old image. Working with MP3 players that use Janus digital rights protection, this model of renting an unlimited number of songs has several drawbacks and one huge flaw. The major drawback for legitimate users is that after the initial benefit of unlimited numbers passes, that monthly fee keeps eating into your bank account. Worse, when you stop paying, you lose access to everything. So what is the big deal-breaker? There are already fairly simple ways to strip the DRM protection from the files. They picked Microsoft to handle the security of these songs. Big mistake, considering how vulnerable Microsoft tends to be on security. Try as they might to change the Napster image, one likely outcome of the distribution scheme is that pirating teens will buy one or two months of service and download like crazy. They will then strip the DRM from thousands of songs and cancel the subscription. The scheme is so back loaded it almost encourages this slash and burn mentality. It reminds me of the record clubs of the 1970?s that would send you a dozen free albums if you agreed to buy many more in the future. The recording industry will not be amused by this almost predictable outcome.

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Napster = Piracy

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Date: Friday, February 18th, 2005, 08:00
Category: Uncategorized

The reincarnated Napster has worked hard to shed its old image. Working with MP3 players that use Janus digital rights protection, this model of renting an unlimited number of songs has several drawbacks and one huge flaw. The major drawback for legitimate users is that after the initial benefit of unlimited numbers passes, that monthly fee keeps eating into your bank account. Worse, when you stop paying, you loose access to everything. So what is the big deal-breaker? There are already fairly simple ways to strip the DRM protection from the files. They picked Microsoft to handle the security of these songs. Big mistake, considering how vulnerable Microsoft tends to be on security. Try as they might to change the Napster image, one likely outcome of the distribution scheme is that pirating teens will buy one or two months of service and download like crazy. They will then strip the DRM from thousands of songs and cancel the subscription. The scheme is so back loaded it almost encourages this slash and burn mentality. It reminds me of the record clubs of the 1970′s that would send you a dozen free albums if you agreed to buy many more in the future. The recording industry will not be amused by this almost predictable outcome

QuickerTek Releases 27db Transceiver for AirPort Base Station

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Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2005, 11:19
Category: Accessory

QuickerTek Plug N Play AntennaQuickerTek, Inc. has announced a new Wi-Fi transceiver designed to dramatically increase the effective signal range of the AirPort and AirPort Extreme Base Stations. It will add up to 1/2 mile line-of-sight coverage according to the company. This product works by not only transmitting a more powerful signal, but also using a LNA (low noise amplifier) to increase the receiver sensitivity. The 27db Transceiver has a list price of US$149 and will be available in one week.
The PowerPage has been testing one of QuickerTek’s new and improved
Plug N Play antenna (pictured) for all Apple Airport Base Stations and we’re impressed with the results. On average, our Airport Extreme Base Stations signal gained two bars of signal strength in most remote areas of our setup. The Plug N Play antenna (US$90) allows you to fine tune its installation. The included software helps you position the antenna for maximum performance.

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WWDC 2005 Details Posted, PowerBook G5 Announcement Possible

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Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2005, 11:55
Category: Announcement

WWDC 2002Apple has posted information about the 2005 WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco:

With its unique integration of breakthrough technologies, open standards, and robust development tools, Mac OS X Tiger is the platform for unparalleled developer innovation. At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2005, June 6-10 in San Francisco, you’ll get the in-depth knowledge, hands-on instruction and one-on-one support you need to deliver products and solutions that transform the way your users work, play, search, and share on a Mac.

Although Apple has stated that “no hardware announcements are made at WWDC,” they broke that rule in 2004 by announcing the 30-inch Cinema Display, in 2003 Apple announced the PowerMac G5 and the iSight camera at WWDC. In 2002 Steve-O announced that OS 9 was dead while displaying a graphic of a cool headstone (picture courtesy of MacDevCenter).
The PowerPage believes that we could see the PowerBook G5 announcement at WWDC 2005 and possibly even Apple’s forthcoming breakout box for GarageBand (GASP!) code-named “Asteroid.”

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Panic Releases Transmit 3

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Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2005, 10:29
Category: Software

Panic has just released Transmit 3 with many new features:
*Column View
*TAB
*iDisk/Web Dav Support
*Sidebar (with per-favorite folder)
*Totally redesigned Favorites
*Search
*Preview Drawer with Zooming
*FTP with TSL/SSL Support
*Server to Server Transfer
*Spring-Loaded Folders
Transmit 3 is the PowerPage’s preferred FTP client and costs US$29.99, upgrades are available for US$17.95.

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What's Your Phone's SAR?

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Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2005, 09:08
Category: Mobile Phone

According to the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), SAR or Specific Absorption Rate is “a way of measuring the quantity of radio frequency (RF) energy that is absorbed by the body.” For a phone to pass FCC certification, that phone’s maximum SAR level must be less than 1.6W/kg (watts per kilogram). Manufacturers published SAR levels represent the maximum SAR level with the phone next to the ear, a level obtained through required FCC tests.
URLs to check you phone after the jump…

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QuickerTek Releases 27db Transceiver for AirPort Base Station

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Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2005, 08:20
Category: Accessory

QuickerTek Plug N Play AntennaQuickerTek, Inc. has announced a new Wi-Fi transceiver designed to dramatically increase the effective signal range of the AirPort and AirPort Extreme Base Stations. It will add up to 1/2 mile line-of-sight coverage according to the company. This product works by not only transmitting a more powerful signal, but also using a LNA (low noise amplifier) to increase the receiver sensitivity. The 27db Transceiver has a list price of US$149 and will be available in one week.
The PowerPage has been testing one of QuickerTek’s new and improved
Plug N Play antenna (pictured) for all Apple Airport Base Stations and we’re impressed with the results. On average, our Airport Extreme Base Stations signal gained two bars of signal strength in most remote areas of our setup. The Plug N Play antenna (US$90) allows you to fine tune its installation. The included software helps you position the antenna for maximum performance.

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WWDC 2005 Details Posted, PowerBook G5 Announcement Possible

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Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2005, 08:18
Category: conference

WWDC 2002Apple has posted information about the 2005 WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco:

With its unique integration of breakthrough technologies, open standards, and robust development tools, Mac OS X Tiger is the platform for unparalleled developer innovation. At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2005, June 6-10 in San Francisco, you’ll get the in-depth knowledge, hands-on instruction and one-on-one support you need to deliver products and solutions that transform the way your users work, play, search, and share on a Mac.

Although Apple has stated that “no hardware announcements are made at WWDC,” they broke that rule in 2004 by announcing the 30-inch Cinema Display, in 2003 Apple announced the PowerMac G5 and the iSight camera at WWDC. In 2002 Steve-O announced that OS 9 was dead while displaying a graphic of a cool headstone (picture courtesy of MacDevCenter).

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Panic Releases Transmit 3

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Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2005, 08:40
Category: Uncategorized

Panic has just released Transmit 3 with many new features:
*Column View
*TAB
*iDisk/Web Dav Support
*Sidebar (with per-favorite folder)
*Totally redesigned Favorites
*Search
*Preview Drawer with Zooming
*FTP with TSL/SSL Support
*Server to Server Transfer
*Spring-Loaded Folders
Transmit 3 is the PowerPage’s preferred FTP client and costs US$29.99, upgrades are available for US$17.95.

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