Links From Around the Web

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, 09:44
Category: Archive

Some links from around the Web:
- A poor man’s Final Scratch explains how to make a turntable out of an old mouse.
- This Google Maps mod adds a 2D GIS ortho viewer written in Java.
- And if you can’t get enough Linux or Gmail combine the two and run Linux on Gmail.

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Mac OS 10.3.9 Introduces Java Segmentation Fault (Updated 3x)

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, 09:24
Category: Software

Some users are reporting problems after installing Mac OS 10.3.9 and Apple has posted a workaround for the Java Segmentation error plaguing many users. Read More…

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Ask PowerPage: Olympus TDA and PowerBook

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, 06:10
Category: Hardware

I am a lucky owner of a new Olympus R1018 TDA (tough digital assistant) and my main computer is a PowerBook. It comes with Windows ce.net or Linux. Since the Bluetooth support is not finished in Linux, I’ve settled for ce.net for now.
It took me quite a few hours but I did get the TDA hooked up to my Airport and I was able to surf the Web but Google Maps wouldn’t load! As far as I can tell, there is no file sharing or networking software that will let me move files back and forth to my PowerBook. I can ping one from the other, so they can see each other but I’m not sure what protocols are on the TDA. So that’s my first question, is how do I share files?
The second question pertains to the Bluetooth support. I’ve been able to see my BT device (it offers a serial port profile), but I can’t find a terminal program in the limited program menu of the TDA. The help says to go through the communications sub menu but that doesn’t exist. Is there a terminal program available that I can connect to a serial port device? Zterm?

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Ask PowerPage: PowerBook G4 Operating Temperature (Updated 3x)

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, 00:03
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 15-Inch

PowerPage reader Phil asks:

What is the normal operating temperature of a PowerBook G4 15″ AL 1.25. Right now the CPU temperature is 138. The power Supply is 145. I never hear the fan. Is this normal? Here at work I drive a 20″ DVI LCD.

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MCE Converts Tray-Loading iBook G3 into 8x Slot-Loading SuperDrive

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Date: Monday, April 18th, 2005, 23:19
Category: Archive

MCE Technologies (a PowerPage sponsor) today announced an 8X DVD-Recordable slot-loading internal SuperDrive upgrade to replace the tray-loading drive in the Apple 12″ and 14″ iBook G3. The MCE 8x Slot-Loading SuperDrive for the iBook G3 is white to match the iBook’s color and replaces the original tray-loading drive. The MCE drive provides a simple slot at the side of the iBook for the easy insertion of CD and DVD discs. In addition to playing CD audio and DVD video, the drive writes to CD media at 24x, to both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW media at up to 8x speed, and can record to Double Layer media at up to 2.4x. The MCE 8x Slot-Loading SuperDrive upgrade for iBook G3 is available for immediate shipment for US$199.

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Adobe to Acquire Macromedia

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Date: Monday, April 18th, 2005, 09:02
Category: Archive

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR) in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion. (Read More).

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REVIEW: iPod Shuffle

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Date: Monday, April 18th, 2005, 08:47
Category: Hardware, iPod shuffle

iPod shuffleWhen it was originally announced I panned the iPod shuffle’s ugly design, which I still stand by today, but I have to admit to having a sweet spot in my heart for the shuffle despite its flaws. Read more..

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Mac OS 10.3.9 Released; iPhoto and iMovie Updated

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2005, 22:36
Category: iLife, Software

Software UpdateApple released a slew of software updates today including Mac OS 10.3.9 and updates to iMovie HD 5.0.2, iPhoto 5.0.2 and iSight 1.0.3.

The 10.3.9 Update delivers overall improved compatibility and reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 “Panther” and is recommended for all users.
Improvements include:
- file sharing and directory services reliability for mixed Mac and PC networks
- Mail, Safari and Stickies application reliability
- compatibility for third party applications and devices
- previous standalone security updates

If you’ve got feedback on the updates with respect to a PowerBook, Drop me a line.

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Firefox 1.0.3 Update now Available

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2005, 22:50
Category: Software

FirefoxAccording to Mozilla.org, Firefox 1.0.3 is an update that fixes a critical JavaScript engine memory heap disclosure bug and some other critical security and stability bugs.

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Apple Discusses PowerBooks in Earnings Conference Call

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2005, 10:17
Category: Archive

Some notes from Apple’s second fiscal quarter earnings conference call. The company posted a net profit of $290 million, or $.34 per diluted share, which it said was the highest March quarter for revenue and income in the company’s history. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer and vice president Tim Cook participated in the call:

Apple today held its second quarter conference call, announcing profits of $290 million, and record profits and income for the quarter. Of particular interest to us is that 251,000 iBooks were shipped last quarter, an increase of 25% over the same quarter in 2004, while 211,000 PowerBooks shipped, for an impressive 34% increase over the same quarter in 2004. (PBZone).
In response to a question on the status of a PowerBook G5, Apple VP Tim Cook said, “I still think it’s the mother of all thermal challenges… I haven’t changed my view on that.”
Apple downplayed the recent and “well documented” PowerBook TrackPad issues. One Apple exec said there were some “isolated issues,” but he “thinks” they have been corrected. Customers experiencing issues with their new PowerBook TrackPad should call AppleCare, he said. Oppenheimer also said that lead times for PowerBooks rose for a short time due to demand exceeding supply. (AppleInsider).

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