The Maytag PowerBook Man

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Date: Friday, March 4th, 2005, 22:48
Category: Hardware

No one wants to fix your PowerBook. Apple’s charge for repairing the screen of a 15″ PowerBook equals the cost of a new one. Fortunately, there are 3rd-party techs who can provide customer service at a reasonable price. Read more…


Radtech Announces The Mini Cocoon for the iPod mini

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Date: Friday, March 4th, 2005, 14:43
Category: iPod, Luggage

RadTech iPod CocoonRadTech announced the Mini Cocoon (US$39.95), a stylish and versatile, semi-rigid clamshell case for iPod mini. Designed for maximum protection, the Mini Cocoon is really two cases in one. A tough, outer clamshell completely encases the iPod mini for rugged protection. A silicone skin allows access to all control elements and ports, providing added protection while nestled in the case, or when used separately apart from the case.
The case has an integrated, high-quality belt clip and comes with a lanyard to allow the iPod mini to be worn around the neck while in the skin, or while encased by the clamshell. While in the case, a clear strap safely secures the skin to the case, even when open. Plus, for added convenience the case comes with a storage pocket for items such as ear buds and cables.


Hacking the PowerBook 2005 Motion Sensor

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Date: Friday, March 4th, 2005, 09:51
Category: Archive

Gizmodo has a cool story about how to re-pupose the motion sensor in the new 2005 PowerBook G4:

Amit Singh patched into the six-axis motion sensor in the new Apple Powerbooks?originally designed to measure quick movements, like drops, and park the hard drive to prevent damage?and wrote a program that rotates the windows based on the orientation of the laptop to the ground. But that’s not all it can do. Singh offers these examples:
– Panning across large maps (consider Google Maps: you slightly tilt the PowerBook backwards to go North, tilt it slightly to the left to go East, and so on)
– Vertical and horizontal scrolling in general, say, in a web browser
– Input for games (for example, a flight simulator)

The PowerBook Sudden Motion Sensor [KernelThread]


Apple Slightly Discounts Slow Sellers in Latest QPromo

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Date: Friday, March 4th, 2005, 09:30
Category: Archive

Apple has a quarterly sale for employees and their friends called QPromo where they blow out all their overstock hardware that is clogging up inventory in an effort to make room for the new stuff. It’s also a harbinger of new models coming down the line. The problem with QPromo is that like Apple’s educational discount, it used to be much better. Some examples:
Apple PowerBook 12-inch (1.33 GHz) – QPromo price US$1299
(a new PB12 1.5GHz is US$1499 from the Apple Store)
Apple PowerBook 17-inch (1.5GHz) – QPromo price US$2199
(a new PB17 1.67GHz is US$2699 from the Apple Store)
PowerMac G5 (1.8GHz) – QPromo price US$1199
(a new PMG5 1.8GHz is US$1499 from the Apple Store)
Well, it’s interesting to see that Apple is price gouging its employees too. Sheesh. If you’d like a copy of the doc, get in touch.


Pat-rights demands 12 Percent from iTunes

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Date: Friday, March 4th, 2005, 09:13
Category: Archive

An interesting story cropped on claiming that iTunes’ identity verification system infringes upon US Patent 6,665,797 for “Internet/Remote User Identity Verification.” Read more…


Vaja Cases More Beautiful in Person

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Date: Friday, March 4th, 2005, 01:10
Category: Accessory, Mobile Phone

Vaja case for the iPod miniEven a few months later, you’re still able to smell the yummy aroma of leather from the beautifully crafted leather Vaja iPod case. I was skeptical when it first arrived – beautiful and a deep shade of turquoise. This case (for my iPod mini) looked too nice to actually use. However, the color and leather have resisted wear and tear much better than my previous plastic case did. It almost looks better with a little time. The Vaja case is solid and padded and although I have not dropped the iPod, I think it would help pad a fall. What I like about the case is that it is unique, like my iPod itself.
The Vaja iVod mini (US$60) features:
– Headphone access
– Screen protector
– Easy access to all touch functions
– Syncs & charge through travel cable
– 2 2/8″ x 3 6/8″ x 7/8″ inches
Vaja is famous for all kinds gadget cases and with the help of their site, it is easy to craft a great gift or choose something for yourself, including engraving and many color choices. The case is simple and has even stretched slightly to fit the iPod even better. The lines are simple and it adds protection, but without any clips or protrusions it fits nicely in my bag. The leather makes the slick surface more gripable, but it still slides into my pocket nicely.
Vaja cases are available from InnovaCases.


Apple Insider Selling Reflective of the "New Apple"

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Date: Friday, March 4th, 2005, 00:02
Category: Archive

Think it’s all roses over at Apple these days? Sure the stock’s flying high (kinda) and you should buy and hold right? Not if you’re an Apple executive you shouldn’t. Apple’s brass is dumping AAPL stock like rats jumping off a sinking ship. Do they know something that you don’t? You betcha, they do. Read more for the numbers…