Mac mini Really a PowerBook?

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Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2005, 20:00
Category: Hardware

Digitimes has posted a story comparing the Mac mini to a laptop:

What do you call a mobile computer that has no display, no keyboard and no other input devices? Apple Computer calls it the Mac mini and it is really a desktop PC that is designed and built like a laptop.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise as some have said that the iMac shares motherboard lineage with the first iBook. It only makes sense that Apple would try to get a higher return on their R&D investment by re-using their PowerBook motherboard designs in smaller desktop Macs.
Another interesting part of the DigiTimes article is the total component cost of the Mac mini.

iSuppli?s Teardown Analysis service estimates the bill of materials cost for the Mac mini at $274.69. With manufacturing costs added, the total rises to $283.37. This sum does not include additional costs for items like intellectual property, software, licensing fees, shipping, logistics marketing and other expenses.

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Verizon Audiovox PC5740 PowerBook Hack

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Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2005, 16:22
Category: Accessory

Verizon Audiovox PC5740 PC CardVerizon will be announcing their fifth EVDO PC card next week and the guys over at EVDOinfo.com have have already posted directions to make the Audiovox PC5740 work with PowerBooks. They’ve also got more info on PC5740 card. Click through for the links…

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New QuickerTek Airport Antenna for PowerBooks

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Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2005, 11:19
Category: Accessory

Got Wireless? Most people have it and use it so much that they take it for granted. (“What do you mean you don’t have wireless here?”) For some, wireless access is a privilege, not a right. If you live in an old home constructed of lots of brick, stone and (God love you) plaster, or if your base station is just a wee bit too far away to reach your upstairs bedroom you may need an external antenna to get your Internet fix.
The new external 7dbi PowerBook Antenna (US$49.95) from QuickerTek is omnidirectional and features 7dbi of RF power. The antenna connects to the internal Airport card through the PC Card slot and allows you to use them both simultaneously.

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MCE 8x Dual Layer/Double Layer SuperDrive Upgrades for PowerBooks

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Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2005, 11:02
Category: Hardware

Double Layer DVDMCE Technologies announced a new slot-loading 8X DVD-recordable internal SuperDrive upgrade for Aluminum and Titanium PowerBook G4s with both Dual Layer (DVD-R DL) and Double Layer (DVD+R DL) support. The MCE 8X SuperDrive can burn 4.7GB DVD-R/RW and 4.7GB DVD+R/RW discs at up to 8X speed and DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs (up to 8.5GB of data) at up to 4X speed. The drive upgrades cost US$199 or US$249, depending on which drive you own.
Dual Layer disks are DVD’s that have multiple layers. These layers can contain over four hours of information on a single side of the disk. All this means is that more information can be held on a dual layer DVD so that you can get more out of the DVD. (DVD Magnet).
For more information on Double Layer DVDs I recommend reading CDRLabs’
Double Layer DVD+R Technology Preview.

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Mozilla Releases Firefox 1.0.5

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Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2005, 10:52
Category: Software

Mozilla Firefox 1.0.5Mozilla.org has released Firefox 1.0.5, the Official Browser™ of the PowerPage. According to the release notes the dot upgrade adds several security fixes and improves stability. (Duh!)
Now I just wish they’d fix the goofy bug where the download folder selection doesn’t stick and often reverts back to desktop. While we’re at it I wish they’d remember the bookmark sub-folder I select instead of reverting back to the Bookmarks folder.

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