Speck Products SkinTight Case for BlackBerry 7100t

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2005, 10:27
Category: Mobile Phone

SkinTight for BlackBerry 7100tSpeck Products is now shipping their SkinTight case for the BlackBerry 7100t smartphone. SkinTight rubberized cases provide protection against scratches, dings, and damage. The SkinTight 7100t case covers most of the phone, including the high-impact edges and corners while leaving openings for the headset, power port, speaker, status LED, scroll wheel and back button. Unlike other cases for the 7100t the SkinTight leaves the keyboard uncovered which has the side effect of increasing your texting speed. Speaking of texting, grippy ergonomic bumps on the rear minimize slipping during those furious SMS sessions. The only down side to grippy cases (in general) is that they’re hard to put into your pocket, luckily Speck has addressed this with their 360 degree swivel holster.
My favorite feature of the SkinTight 7100t is the hard screen protector, it keeps the display as nice and scratch-free as when you first got your phone. The SkinTight is available for the BlackBerry 7100 and Treo 650 (amongst other phone models) for US$34.95 and comes in 3 colors: blue, clear and black.


Of Macs And Tux

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2005, 10:42
Category: Software

Aqua TuxManila Bulletin: Friends often ask me why I am using an Apple powerbook whilst still advocating Linux. The truth is, I advocate both. However, there are some things that may require a little explanation as to why I chose one over the other.

The beauty of Open Source is that anybody can modify the source code and redistribute it. A side-effect of this, however, is the tendency of forking, i.e. having several versions rising from a single root. Although Linux does not suffer from this since only one kernel version is released at a time, the number of distributions, however, are quite astounding. Check out distrowatch.com or linuxiso.org and you will see dozens and dozens of distributions available for download. The problem will be in choosing the best one for your use but evaluating all distributions will eat up a quarter of your life! [OK, I exaggerate] You can, of course, create your own but then again, that is on a different level that is higher than the ordinary user.
Contrast this to the Mac OS – it is not free but it is only distributed by one entity and provides support for the product.

Read more at Manila Bulletin.


RadTech Portectorz Keep Lint out of Your Ports

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2005, 09:18
Category: Macworld Expo

RadTech PortectorzMacworld Expo Boston – RadTech, makers of iPod and mobile computing accessories, today announced immediate availability of Portectorz.

RadTech Portectorz provide positive protection for your PowerBook or iBook’s data, video and audio ports. Ports stay clean, dry and positively protected from foreign objects and debris when fitted with custom- molded Portectorz. Constructed from the finest high-polymer Silicone to eliminate any tackiness, Portectorz are Uni-die molded and lightly frosted for a smooth and elegant appearance.
Portectorz are molded to exacting specifications to ensure a perfectly sealed and secure fit – sensible insurance for potentially costly component damage. Low-profile design ensures compatibility with all sleeves, bags, cases and packs. Use the entire Portectorz panel, or easily custom cut the strip to create protection for any of the ports or combinations you desire – like those you use infrequently. Portectorz provide the protection and flexibility you need to stay productive!

Portectorz start at US$19.95, and are available for 12 and 14-inch iBooks and 12, 15-inch PowerBooks. Portectorz for 17-inch PowerBook are coming soon.


Apple Should Name New Intel Notebook "Xbook," Desktops "Xstation"

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2005, 00:04
Category: Opinion

Back to the “PowerBook” name debate again… PowerPager ‘Reboot’ writes with the best PowerBook name replacement yet. Say hello to “Xbook:”

I agree to let the “Power-names” go away with the PowerPC cpu’s. Why not use what Apple has already started: “X-names”? It also relates nicely to their outstanding OS (which after all will be almost the only thing seperating it form the Wintel world). We all know Xserve is a server so why not let Xstation be a workstation and Xbook be a hi-end notebook? I’m amazed that Apple hasn’t done so already, but hey…maybe they have saved it for this very moment.

In related news, Charles W. Moore, opines that The PowerBook Doesn’t Need A Name Change:

just at the point when Apple laptops are going to have the most powerful processors in portable Mac history would be a particularly inappropriate time to jettison the PowerBook name. But, I hasten to add, raw processor power is only one of many elements that make a PowerBook such a powerful and delightful tool. The real, practical power of a PowerBook is that it packs the capability of a desktop computer into an astonishingly compact and portable form factor. Not the full equivalent of a contemporary high-end desktop of course, but usually in the ballpark of a two or three-year old high-end desktop, which is plenty enough for most of us.

Charles is even more vested in the name “PowerBook” than we are here at the “Power”Page – he writes for PowerBookCentral, after all…
What’s your take?


Google Earth – Going Where no Mac has Ever Gone Before

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2005, 00:00
Category: Archive

Google Earth is the same software that was available as Keyhole when Google bought them last year. It allows you to take a magic carpet ride starting from outer space into anywhere on earth flying through satellite images with superimposed map info. It allows you to tilt the view so it really gives the sensation of superman-ing it through your ‘burb.
See what Walt Mossberg from WSJ had to say (also a big Treo 650 fan) in Google Earth Thrills With Photos and Stunts – But How Practical Is It?

It’s good to have a healthy skepticism about the claims of the hype-driven technology industry. But there are times when even a hardened skeptic has to admit to amazement and delight at the sheer coolness of some of the things you can do on a personal computer today. And one of those “wow” moments happens the first time you run a new program called Google Earth.

Too bad it’s Windows-only, right now. According to the Google Earth download page “Apple Macintosh computers are not supported at this time (but we are working on it).”


"Placeshifting" Content to Suit Your Needs

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2005, 00:07
Category: Archive

Sling Media’s Slingbox is a US$249.99 device lets you watch cable, satellite, or personal video recorder (PVR) programming from wherever you are by turning any Internet-connected desktop or laptop computer into a personal TV, according to the company. Slingbox only works with Windows XP but a Mac version is rumored to be in development.

The Slingbox redirects, or “placeshifts,” a single live TV stream from a cable box, satellite receiver, or PVR to the viewer?s computer, which can be located anywhere in the home. If the Slingbox is coupled with a broadband Internet connection, the viewer?s live TV stream can purportedly be “placeshifted” via the Internet to a computer located anywhere in the world.

Read More at Macsimum News.