Silas Bennett: The gist of the article linked to by the DWN was that Alex Perry got to wondering how much power his Linksys switch was sucking down whilst running 24/7, and found that his Manga, an ARM based router box, not only consumed less power but was able to run full blown Debian to boot. His point was “If I am going to pay to have a switch run 24/7, I might as well have the switch be a useful server as well.” Following his article the PepLink community promptly got X11 working on the Manga and Alex’s website was updated with the screen shots, which I might add are quite amusing. While I do sympathize with the original thrust of the article, I must say that the Manga’s ARM is a rather diminutive processor for a desktop machine these days. So my question is why would you run a Manga as a desktop to get down to the 3 Watt mark when for just a few more Watts you can run a box with a G4 processor? Yes, I am talking about that little machine that all of my geek friends (me included) seem to be drooling over as of late. The Mac Mini!
To find out how Silas got his Mac mini to run off a self-contained battery pack check out his site. (Thanks HackaDay).
The new xBox 360 will run “three symmetrical IBM PowerPC processor cores running at 3.2 Ghz each”. (GamePro).
Another interesting feature of the x360, an “iPod-like MP3 hard drive – The unit can be removed to take with you, but does not function as a standalone MP3 player.”
(Could the xBox 360 be a trojan horse with a playload being a Microsoft “MP3 hard drive?” What’s stopping Redmond from upgrading the portable drive to make it run standalone? -Ed)
Remember the flap last month about the upcoming unauthorized biography of Steve Jobs? Essentially Apple had all books by Wiley & Sons removed from all of the Apple retail stores after reading an advance copy of iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business (US$16.47 at Amazon.com)
Wired has posted an excerpt from the book on their web site. Read more for a peek and the link…
Now you can rip up the dance floors from Big Ben to the Liberty Bell with nothing but your iPod. MacWorld UK reports: Event dates for digital DJs in London and Philadelphia have been announced later this month. “London’s Playlist Club holds its next club night on May 21 at The Progress Bar in Tufnell Park. The club’s US affiliate, Playlist Philadelphia, takes place May 23 at The Khyber. Admission to both events is free.”
DigiTimes: “With brand-name PC vendors increasing their orders for widescreen notebooks, the segment is set to dominate the market by the first half of next year, according to sources with notebook makers in Taiwan. Widescreen models may account for 80-90% of the notebook market in the first half of 2006, up from 30-40% at present, the sources said. Dell, Hewlett Packard (HP), Acer, Apple and Asustek are increasing the proportion of widescreen models in their notebook lineups for 2006, the sources said.”
MacMod (circa December 2004):
Close to 12 years ago I caught wind of an Operating System called PenPoint. This was one of the first pen driven operating systems out there. I had contacted them and spoke of how so many people had been left out of the technological revolution and I had thought it was due to the awkwardness of the current state of hardware and software design. At that time I would have hoped Apple would have risen to the challenge to develop a Tablet but as it turned out it was Microsoft who took the chance.
Working with a computer all day long, I have to say that there is nothing quite as pretty as OS X. It is by no means perfect, as a Photographer running 4 Epson printers and depending on the quality of output, it is a continuous frustration and I am afraid the fault lies with Apple not Epson.
As a Photographer and a Dyslexic the idea of being able to use a Tablet as a platform for showing photographs, editing, and an extension of my badly organized memory is very appealing. I had purchased an early QBE, which I was happy with, except for the problem of going between the QBE and all my other desktops which are Apples, it was always the odd man out, in addition to the frustration of finding cross platform software. So taking matters into my own hands I cut into a Dual USB iBook and didn’t look back. Read the rest of the tale of the first Apple tablet at MacMod.
The PowerPage has learned that a new Apple Retail store is coming to the Northbrook Court a mall in the affluent Chicago suburb of Northbrook. Trivia: there’s no arcade in the Northbrook Court but they did film Weird Science there (remember the escalator scene where Kelly LeBrock’s high-fiving everyone?). The store opens in July.
An Apple Insider story from back in January dissects Apple’s plans to build an elegant retail store in midtown Manhattan. “Specifics are lacking, but one source claims Apple will give the exterior of the store a look similar to the glass Pyramid found in the Louvre’s cour Napol
Overheard at the PowerPage meetup in Chicago tonight: I got Mac OS Tiger from my local MicroCenter for the lowest price I’ve seen, US$129 minus a US$50 mail-in rebate, for a net of US$79. Check it out.
MacObserver: Late on Tuesday, we reported that Apple Computer was granted a patent application for a device whose Illustrations clearly indicate it to be a tablet-style Macintosh.
According to a comment: “What’s new is that Apple has been granted the patent, and some illustrations that demonstrate the product. The illustrations, in particular, are important in that they definitely show the product as a handheld device with a touch screen. This was not shown in the original patent application.”