PPUG Meeting Postponed

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Date: Friday, April 29th, 2005, 11:07
Category: User Group

The Manayunk Brewery has been the meetingplace for the Philadelphia PowerBook User Group for many years, but this Saturday is their Annual Brew Extravaganza from 12-4pm and this will premempt the scheduled PPUG meeting. If you visit the Brewery on Saturday, you will have a chance to try over 30 different types of microbrews from breweries all over the country. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door – and they will give you a keepsake tasting glass and access to unlimited sampling! We will try to reschedule the PowerBook meeting as soon as we can. Thanks!

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Tiger: the Good, the Bad, the no Worky (Updated 8x)

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Date: Friday, April 29th, 2005, 09:50
Category: Software

Mac OS Tiger 10.4Apple is shipping the long-awaited Mac OS 10.4 “Tiger” (US$94.88 at Amazon.com) today at 6pm at retailers across the U.S. This article focuses on what works and what doesn’t in the newest version of the Mac OS. Should you upgrade or wait and see? Read more before clicking install…

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How USB Ports Took Over the World

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Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2005, 13:10
Category: Archive

The original “bondi blue” iMac was the first computer to offer USB ports without offering “legacy” ports. That’s right — no serial ports, no ADB. The result was a flood of USB devices in white-and-blue plastic. This was a crucial turning point that created a reason to prefer USB to non-USB ports. Learn the history of the USB standard and some of its benefits to users and vendors, as well as where it missed the boat.

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Bluetooth iPod: More Cost, Less Battery

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Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2005, 09:31
Category: Hardware

Infoworld’s Tech Watch is covering the Bluetooth iPod watch:

I met with Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG and asked him if he heard anything about enabling iPod with Bluetooth so that you can use a Bluetooth wireless stereo headset.
Foley said everyone is waiting for it but he’s heard nothing from Apple.
However, here’s the straight skinny on what it would take to add Bluetooth to the iPod.
Number one, since the Bluetooth 2.0 spec is now ratified, which performs at 3Mb per second, stereo headsets are already on to the market.
The cost to Apple of adding a Bluetooth radio to the iPod would be about $2.50 for the iPod and another $2.50 for a headset. That’s assuming Apple wanted to offer the wireless headset.

Read more at Infoworld Tech Watch.

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Nokia HDD Phone to Challenge iPod

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Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2005, 09:50
Category: Mobile Phone

Nokia NSeries Mobile Challenge iPodNokia’s, the world’s top mobile phone manufacturer, announced new 4G mobile phones with built-in hard drives that will challenge Apple and Canon.

Nokia unveiled new premium phones on April 27, 2005 that included one with an MP3 music player, the N91 (L), that it said will outsell Apple’s iPod and a camera phone, the N90, that it forecast will surpass Canon, the world’s top digital camera maker.

The new music phone is a direct shot across Apple’s bow and challenges the space comfortably dominated by Apple’s iPod. Nokia thinks that if you already carry a mobile phone, what’s the sense in schlepping around an MP3 player in addition. Unless your a fan of the BatBelt look of multiple devices across your belt, they kind of have a point. Besides, although Apple has innovated on iPod hardware design, the software is so 2001.
Read More:
- Nokia Takes Aim at IPod with Premium Line of Phones (Reuters)
- Nokia unveils 4GB music mobile (Macworld UK)

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Good: 200MB PB Drives, Bad: 2007

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Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2005, 08:44
Category: Hardware

Several sources are reporting that Fujitsu is preparing a 200GB (2.5-inch) notebook drive. The new mobile hard drive will feature perpendicular recording technology according to IDG News.

Perpendicular recording is a method of storing information using magnetic fields to represent each bit. In disks that are commercially available today, the bits, or magnetic fields, lay flat on the disk surface. In drives using perpendicular recording, the bits stand upright. Because they take less space, more bits can be packed on the disk, and so more recording capacity is available.

Finally, a hard drive that keeps up with Moore’s Law you say? No quite. The bad news is that the new 200GB drive is not slated to ship until the first half of 2007. Yes, 2007.

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Microsoft Strongarms Blogger

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Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2005, 08:40
Category: Archive

Paul Thurrott’s WinHEC 2005: Day Three Blog got slapped by Microsoft for posting screen shots of Microsoft’s beta Longhorn OS. It almost seems like Microsoft is taking some cues from Apple. (the comment at 1:07pm is what most caught my eye).

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RadTech BT510 Bluetooth Mouse Perfect for PBs

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Date: Wednesday, April 27th, 2005, 09:49
Category: Peripheral

Radtech BT510 Bluetooth MouseRadTech has announced the BT510 a mid-size, three-button, optical scrolling mouse with electronically reversible left-right buttons, and backup USB power umbilical cord. It features a scroll wheel and 800 dpi optical resolution for ultra-precise tracking. Available now for US$59.95 in black and white.

To ensure maximum battery life, the BT-510′s smart, power-saving sleep mode conserves power when idle and an easily accessible power switch allows it to be powered down when not in use. The BT-510 can also be powered via any USB port using its included power cable – so you always have the option of conserving battery life with direct power or using it as a back up to keep you up and running when batteries are low.

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Is it just Ego? (Updated)

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Date: Wednesday, April 27th, 2005, 08:36
Category: Opinion

iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of BusinessApple has pulled all John Wiley & Sons books from its stores because they are publishing an unauthorized biography of Steve Jobs. (iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business, US$16.47 at Amazon.com). Was this meant to pressure the publisher into quashing the biography or is it just punishment? Apple seeks to get online journalists to disclose sources to plug internal leaks.
Was this meant to intimidate the online journalists or was it just an attempt to antagonize the mainstream press by threatening first amendment protections? Apple pursues students who post builds of Tiger to the point of bankrupting their families before settling and extracting an apology. Was ATI punished harshly for its mistake in releasing information about Steve Jobs keynote announcement back in 2000?
What in the world happened to the summer version of Macworld and could it have been handled any worse? Why can’t Disney and Pixar come to terms? Is the Jackling Estate in Woodside, California an “abomination” or a treasure? How angry did environmental protesters in foam iPod costumes make Steve at the annual meeting this month? Did Steve Jobs slap a soldier who was suffering from post traumatic stress? No, that was Lt. General George S. Patton, Jr. and he slapped two of them. Just Google “Steve Jobs angered” to get your answer to the question: is it just ego?
Read More:
- Steve Jobs continues assault on First Amendment (Ed Bott)
- Caution: Steve is Watching (ATAT)

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The Value of Your Legacy Portable? (Updated)

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Date: Wednesday, April 27th, 2005, 08:17
Category: Hardware

As new machines continue to roll out of Cupertino, along with the release of Tiger this week, my old iBook Dual USB 500MHz continues to decline in value. So, what do you do with that old iBook/PowerBook that just isn’t worth getting rid of? Kitchen appliance, car stereo, stereo component? What’s your take on the use, reuse, recycle, potential for your dust attracting ‘Book? Read more for suggestions on where to send your PowerBook on retirement…

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