CNet: Apple lawsuit: Thinking different?

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2005, 21:45
Category: Opinion

An opinion piece by Charles Cooper for CNet also discusses Apple’s trampling of the First Amendment:

The real subtext is this: Apple is directed by a collection of control freaks who would have found themselves quite at home in the Nixon White House. The big difference being that reporters had the constitutional freedom to report on the Nixon White House.
Apple has been an infuriating company for me to cover over the last two decades or so. I adore its technology but can’t stomach its overreaching sense of entitlement. Other tech companies deal with leaks all the time. Nobody’s happy when their discussions wind up as fodder for the rumor mill. But that’s part of the give-and-take that’s defined the technology business for decades.


Mercury News: Apple should think differently about suit

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2005, 15:36
Category: Opinion

An article in today’s Mercury News by Mike Langberg is worth a read.

An open letter to Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer:
Dear Steve,
I urge you to Think Different in your attitude toward Web sites that publish leaked information on Apple’s upcoming products.
I’m not going to repeat at length the now-familiar argument that Apple’s legal action against three sites — Apple Insider, PowerPage and ThinkSecret — to pay damages and reveal confidential sources is wrong from a free-speech perspective.
I strongly believe online journalists, including bloggers, deserve the same First Amendment protections as print and broadcast journalists, but you would hardly expect me to feel any other way.
Instead, I want to make a dollars-and-cents argument for backing down.

Read the rest of Mike’s letter at


Extreme iPod: Survives Washer AND Dryer

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2005, 10:53
Category: Hardware, iPod

One reader’s tale of running an iPod mini through the washing machine. Did it survive? Click through for the amazing results…


iPod 'Squeaks' Betray Software Secrets

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2005, 10:07
Category: Hardware, iPod

Did you see this iPod hack on New Scientist? What a c()()1 H4X!

Computer enthusiasts have worked out how to reprogram Apple’s iPod music player with their own code using an ingenious acoustic trick.
They adapted the component that generates clicks – or “squeaks” – as a user scrolls through the on-screen menu in order to extract vital information from the latest generation of the device. This allowed them to install an alternative operating system and make their iPods run games and other new programs.


More on the Cherry OS

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2005, 10:13
Category: Archive

A friend of the PowerPage shares his experience installing CherryOS (the Mac OS emulator for Windows):

Cherry OS installs virtual network ports in Windows (YUCK!)
Cherry OS’s system requirements are understated:
PC with Intel (Pentium, Pentium M, Xeon) or AMD (Athlon, Opteron,
Duron) processor. Processor must be at least 1.6 GHz, 512MB RAM (1GB
Cherry OS is SLOWWW!
Cheryy OS makes VPC 7 XP Pro seem fast on a G4 1.2GHz iBook
My 5 year old daughter and I watched the entire RUN of Babylon 5 Crusade 9
All 13 episodes), during the time that it took to boot the Mac OS X (10.3)
Installer CD to the point where you can select your language preference for
the installation. During that time she asked me any of the episodes had a
happy ending? I said no and neither does this product.
Using this product is like swallowing poison and wishing your computer died!


edgeBlur surfACE | 1.5

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2005, 07:11
Category: Accessory

The edgeBlur surfACE 1.5 is a lapstand for any mobile computer up to and including 17″ models. Made of acrylic and aluminum, it includes posts to lift the rear of the notebook for better cooling and side boards that can support the stand on the arms of a chair and can be used for a mouse, iPod, or other items. The surfACE 1.5 costs US$159 in clear acrylic and US$164 in translucent white and is available from