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.
Verizon 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…
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.
MCE 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.
Mozilla.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.
Speck 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.
Manila 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 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.
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?