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


Wooden Laptop

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2005, 08:13
Category: Archive has the story of the wooden laptop.

as luck would have it, the other day i got a message from asbesto, who told me about a wooden laptop that he made:
Here is my laptop: the “legnatile”; I replaced the plastic shell with a wooden one; it took about 4 months of work, and now it’s lighter than the original plastic shell. A unique piece, ultimate frontier of case modding, joint of natural wood and leather, with high technology. Inspired by “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson ? the FIRST real wooden laptop in the world!

Click through for the picture.


Gillmor: The Gathering Storms Over Speech

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2005, 00:50
Category: Opinion

Former San Jose Mercury News technology columnist Dan Gillmor has posted an opinion piece (“The Gathering Storms Over Speech“) on Apple’s attack of the independent online media:

Apple Computer’s disgusting attack on three online journalism sites, in a witch hunt to find out who (if anyone) inside the company leaked information about allegedly upcoming products, has taken a nasty turn. Too bad it’s not surprising — and journalists of all kinds should be paying attention.


Luggage Week: Timbuk2 Clear Zip Pouch

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Date: Wednesday, March 9th, 2005, 12:22
Category: Luggage

It’s luggage week here at the PowerPage and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. It’s a week (that usually translates into a month) where we’re enveloped in the wafting scent of freshly cut Cordura, clear UVX, neoprene and ballistic nylon. I think that the fumes may be getting to me. Read more…


Playlist Comes to USA; Behind the Scenes of Digital DJ Party (Updated)

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Date: Wednesday, March 9th, 2005, 11:33
Category: DJ

What? Can’t pop by London on March 26 for the “it” digital DJ club party? Here in the untamed colonies, you can still get your iPod-DJing action: Playlist is coming to Philadelphia. Head over to The Khyber (2nd and Chestnut) Monday, March 28 for the free party, and get your digital DJing skills judged by Philadelphia Weekly’s music critic Doug Wallen.
As digital DJ parties begin their meme-like spread around the world (karaoke without the tone-deaf crooning?), we asked the London Playlist‘s Johnny Rockit what’s the preferred gear of choice.

“We use gold-tipped digital audio cables directly into the house mixing desk, we don’t use any of the tasty digital DJ kit that’s available – though it may be worth adding that we will happily live test such equipment, if manufacturers want a review on our site of their kit’s performance in a live environment. We create the forum to really test their gadgets, and know exactly what we need. So – if they are confident in their products, they should get in contact.
“To be honest, we’ve found that using two ‘Pods and the mixer still works in a live environment. DJ Lisa Rocket played her tunes at a West End club (not Playlist) on Friday (she goes out on her own account). She’s very good at picking tunes, and managed to get 140 people with their arms in the air, dancing and singing along. It was a great buzz.

Put your hands in the air, Pod People. (Just make sure I don’t get to an iPod, or Zappa’s Suzy Creamcheese might clear out the room.)
Since it’s in our back yard, the PowerPage is planning a meetup (and maybe even a guest DJ set) on opening night. If you’re interested in coming, get in touch).
Further Reading:
Playlist’s Johnny Rocket on London’s Digital DJ Club