Apple Dumps Trackpad Vendor Synaptics

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Date: Friday, February 11th, 2005, 09:16
Category: Hardware

Apple this week notified their supplier of trackpads for PowerBooks and iPods, Synaptics Inc. (NasdaqNM: SYNA), that they weren’t going to use them in PowerBooks any more. The new 2005 PowerBook G4s use a totally new trackpad that Apple developed in-house that features scrolling capability. According to a Forbes.com article “two analysts on Thursday cut their investment ratings on Synaptics Inc., citing concerns that a major customer, Apple Computer Inc., may drop Synaptics’ touchpad interface in favor of a newly released in-house design.”
No word on whether or not Apple will retain Synaptics Inc. as the suppliers for the click wheels found in the iPod.

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Trackpad Scrolling on a Pre-2005 PowerBook

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Date: Friday, February 11th, 2005, 08:48
Category: Software

SoupNazi.org writes about a workaround for trackpad scrolling on pre-2005 PowerBooks:

When Apple released the new Powerbooks recently, the feature that caught my attention the most was the scrolling trackpad. But, since I just got my Powerbook this past November, there’s no way I’d buy a new one just for the trackpad.
Earlier this evening, I came across this post on Accelerate Your Macintosh!. It points to a customized mouse driver that enables trackpad scrolling on pre-2005 Powerbooks that support it. The driver works with Mac OS X Panther (it’s been tested with 10.3.7 and 10.3.8), and it also works with iBooks that support trackpad scrolling.

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Bagging Mail

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Date: Friday, February 11th, 2005, 08:11
Category: Software

If you’re like me you were elated when Apple announced that they’d be shipping their own email client with Mac OS X and that it would be integrated with a contact manager (Address Book), calendar application (iCal) and a synchronization program (iSync.) The best part is that it would all be built into the lowest level of the operating system. Woo hoo! I could finally remove a major Microsoft application (Entourage) from my daily routine. Read more…

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CASIO Exilim EX-Z55 Media Issues II

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Date: Thursday, February 10th, 2005, 08:32
Category: Digital Camera

I posted a previous story detailing the problems I’ve been having with SanDisk’s 1GB SD media in a new Casio Exilim EX-Z55. Essentially the card won’t read in my PowerBook G4 1.5 GHz for love or money, and to make matters worse, I had to shoot a whole card of excellent shots to find this out. Needless to say, your fearless editor is pretty fired up about this issue. Read on…

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Columnist Slams Windows for UI, Virus Problems

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Date: Wednesday, February 9th, 2005, 14:18
Category: Archive

Mark Morford, a SF Gate columnist, asks “why isn’t everyone on a Mac?” Further, he asks “why does Windows still suck?” Moford is highly critical of Microsoft’s user interface, and also points to the ongoing struggle with viruses, spyware, and worms. “Why is there not some massive revolt, some huge insurrection against Microsoft? Why is there not a huge contingent of furious users stomping up to Seattle with torches and scythes and crowbars, demanding the Windows Frankenstein monster be sacrificed at the altar of decent functionality and an elegant user interface?”
Why Does Windows Still Suck?
Why do PC users put up with so many viruses and worms?
Why isn’t everyone on a Mac?
Read the rest of Mark’s column at SFGate.com.

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TechRestore Announces Stainless Steel Hinges for PBG4 Titanium

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Date: Wednesday, February 9th, 2005, 13:03
Category: Hardware

TechRestore, Inc has begun offering a worldwide PowerBook G4 LCD hinge replacement service using stainless steel hardware. The replacement stainless steel hinge assembly is over 50% stronger than the standard hinge and offers the ultimate in protection against future failures according to Tech Restore.

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IBM UltraNav Travel Keyboard

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Date: Wednesday, February 9th, 2005, 13:29
Category: Accessory

ThinkPad fanatics love the clickity-clack of their laptops so much, IBM made a similar stand-alone USB keyboard to satiate me, uh, them on the desktop. Like most laptop QWERTYs, it’s missing the 10-key number pad, but it in no way feels cramped. The gap between the top edges of adjacent keys is larger than even my standard Mac and Dell keyboards, which made for fewer typos. And even though the keys don’t depress as far as those on a normal board, it was still a satisfying experience. The USB cable is short, at a little more than 3 feet. But there’s a two-port USB hub built in. And with an included touchpad and eraser-shaped pointer, I can not only ditch my old keyboards, but my mouses, too. — B.L.
[RATING: 8/10] [RETAIL: $99] [ ibm.com ]
Source: WIRED Gadget Lab [Feb 8, 2005]

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Report: City-run Wi-Fi Plans Could Have 'Grave Flaws'

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Date: Wednesday, February 9th, 2005, 11:52
Category: Opinion

City-run wireless broadband networks, which appear to be gaining popularity in a number of major metropolitan areas, haven’t been fully studied and are being touted with dubious claims about their benefits, according to the New Millennium Research Council. Read more at ComputerWorld.com.

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PC Notebooks Advance, Where's My PowerBook G5?

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Date: Wednesday, February 9th, 2005, 07:26
Category: Hardware

I slept through last weeks announcement of Apple’s predicted PowerBook G4 speed-bumps and have instead been laser focused on Apple’s “Mother of all Thermal Challenges,” the PowerBook G5. While I doubt that I would purchase a first generation FurnaceBook, I am curious as hell to see how they plan to cool it.
I don’t know about you, but my PBG4 1.5 GHz becomes too hot to use on my lap for after less than 30 minutes. How the hell are they going to keep a processor cool that requires seven (count ‘em) fans in a desktop enclosure? Anyway, I hope that it’s cool and that Apple offers more than just a G5 and a new enclosure for the beast. Don’t let us down Apple, PC notebook vendors continue to innovate while we’re still stuck with your creaky-hinge rejects.

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iPod Shuffle RAID

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Date: Wednesday, February 9th, 2005, 07:41
Category: Hardware

So, what do you do when you and some friends are all getting iPod Shuffles? You make a RAID array out of them, of course! Follow along as we explore new depths of geekery…
So, here we have our iPod Shuffles, all the top of the line 1Gb models. I’m sure that normal folks would probably take these home, install iTunes 4.7.1 from the CD in the box, and happily start putting music on the little things, but I had other plans for them…
Read More at Wright This Way… (Thanks SlashDot)

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