PowerPick: Miglia HarmonyAudio Firewire Interface

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Date: Tuesday, August 30th, 2005, 07:55
Category: Accessory

Miglia HarmonyAudioIf you’ve ever seriously tried to capture audio on your Mac, you’ve quickly noticed that it only has one real audio input channel – if you want more you’ll need some hardware baby!
I’ll start right off by saying that I’m not a pro musician, by any stretch (awesome progressive house DJ though :), but I recently ran into the one channel limitation when recording the PowerPage Podcasts. It’s easy enough to plug in a USB headset (like the excellent Plantronics DSP-400, for example) and record yourself yammering on about this or that mobile technology – it’s an entirely different story if you want to record an interview with another person, with two microphones. It’s easy to do with one mic – if you like passing it back and forth like Dan Rather chasing some tobacco exec down the sidewalk, but who wants to do that?
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TuneBox Speaker System for iPod shuffle

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Date: Tuesday, August 30th, 2005, 06:26
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Griffin Technology TuneBoxI’m a big fan of iPod boom boxes, they’re great for the beach, boat, garage, whatever. Most of them are designed for the white iPod though, what’s a punk with an iPod shuffle to do? Griffin Technology has got your answer bunky – the TuneBox.
Griffin’s US$39.99 TuneBox is a small boombox for the iPod shuffle that also charges your shuffle’s battery while it’s playing. At less than 4 square inches, TuneBox delivers impressive sound for such a small package.

TuneBox’s micro drivers and efficient amplified speakers generate a powerful, dynamic sound, with unexpected clarity and great highs and lows.
TuneBox keeps the shuffle’s clickwheel controls up front within easy reach. Though it’s designed to visually complement the iPod shuffle, TuneBox delivers great sound from any MP3 player or other audio device that uses the standard 3.5mm stereo jack.

My only complaint is that I wish that TuneBox had a battery option, but then again, I’m usually not far from a power outlet – with the exception of Burningman, that is!

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Review: Plantronics DSP-400 USB Foldable Headset

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Date: Monday, August 29th, 2005, 10:48
Category: Review

Plantronics DSP-400Today we’re going to be discussing the DSP-400 Foldable PC Headset from Plantronics. First off I’d like to say I’m a big Plantronics fan, and my perception is that out of all the myriad of PC computer headsets out there Plantronics seems to be the only company that “gets-it” from a price / design standpoint, and recently they’ve been expanding their product line to offer a good range of selections for us tech-gadget-misers. I’d also like to give Plantronics props for a great Web site. Have you checked it out lately? As a big PC gamer I really appreciate their whole section dedicated to gaming. They have Xbox gear up there, and two levels of “GameCom” stereo headsets (DSP & non-DSP versions.) I’ll be keeping an eye out for a certified “Xbox 360″ certified headset in the future. C’mon guys let’s kick it up a notch and really come out with a revolutionary console game set.
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I've Seen the (Day)Lite, and it's at Version 1.8

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Date: Sunday, August 28th, 2005, 23:49
Category: Software

I’ve been using Marketcircle’s excellent business relationship management application Daylite (US$149) exclusively for about almost eight months now and still find it the best tool out there. It’s easy to fall into the trap that it’s just another Personal Information Manager (PIM), Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) or simple address book – but Daylite is actually much more. Daylite does things you’d find in all of the above but adds a powerful “Opportunities” function that allows to you track the details of whatever you’re trying to sell.
Appointments, activities and contacts can all be linked to opportunities and Daylite’s back-end SQL database allows you to link multiple people to multiple projects and keep track of the whole thing. Don’t sell anything? That’s ok too, Daylite allows you to link people and tasks with Projects – and everyone has those. The folks at Marketcircle even offer a module that integrates Daylite with Apple’s built-in mail client so that relevant emails can be added to someone’s contact record, so that you can easily find that important communication when you need to. I replaced Now Contact and Address Book with Daylite and haven’t looked back since.
Today the company released version 1.8 which adds rule-based scheduling. Another fine upgrade from the folks in Toronto. Bravo.

Marketcircle Inc. today announced the release of DayLite v1.8, a free update of its popular business-relationship manager. Showcasing a much anticipated new feature?the ability to create rule-based scheduling?this newest version of DayLite helps Mac-based professionals manage people, projects and opportunities effortlessly.
With rule-based scheduling, users can now create forward- and reverse-activity sets?a convenient time-saving benefit, especially for professionals in the legal, real estate and film industries. Creating an activity set also features a preview, so that dates and names can be edited effortlessly.
From lawyers to producers, from real estate agents to business owners, professionals can count on DayLite v1.8?s ability to define reoccurring or repetitive activities that take place in every project. As a result, they can better manage their work and their time.

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PowerPage Burningman Meetup; Vacation

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Date: Friday, August 26th, 2005, 12:51
Category: Archive

Burningman ProjectYou’re invited to attend the PowerPage meetup at Burningman 2005 in Black Rock City, Nevada. If you’re heading out to the desert this weekend for the annual arts festival, drop me a line for the details. We’ll most likely be meeting at the Astral Headwash theme camp, which is located at 4:20 and Ego. Planned meeting time is around 7pm ‘playa time’ at Astral on Thursday, September 1. If you can’t make that, stop by Astral any time after Wednesday and ask for Eldorado. If you don’t know what Burningman is, you can read up about it on their Web site and If you’ve never attended, do yourself a favor and c’mon out!
While your editor is at Burningman we won’t be updating the site as often, although our staff of associate editors will be posting important PowerBook news as it comes up. I’ll be away from Next Wednesday (August 31) and will be back in the saddle on Monday September 19 – just in time for the new iPod and PowerBook announcements at Apple Expo Paris!
In the meanwhile you’ll be in the able hands of Peter, Emory, Rob, Bob, Neal, Vic, Ole and Ammad. They’ll be watching the PowerPage Newswire for your submissions, so if you see an important mobile technology story – POST IT!
See you on the Playa.
-Jason

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Is That an iPod in Your Pocket? Apple Event Scheduled for 07 September

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Date: Friday, August 26th, 2005, 04:23
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Macworld is reporting that the press has been summoned to a special event hosted by Apple to launch a new iPod of some sort. The email invitation contains thinly veiled references to the original iPod’s slogan.

Apple on Monday sent out invitations to select media and VIPs for a “special event” planned on September 7, 2005 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco, Calif. The e-mailed invitation shows a pair of denim jeans. At the top of the image reads a caption, “1000 songs in your pocket changed everything. Here we go again.”

The company may use the event to launch the new flash-based color iPod mini, originally planned for Apple Expo Paris on 20 September. Conventional wisdom is that Apple will use the event to launch the iTunes phone, which is so over-hyped that it’s already lame.
Engadget is reporting that the iPhone will only hold 100 songs and that the phone ads will be “music-based spots with people calmly walking down the street on the phone with their shadows and reflections dancing wildly beside them.” Yawn.

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Burning Music, Man

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Date: Thursday, August 25th, 2005, 11:12
Category: Archive

Eric Singer's Max/MSP-controlled pyrophoneI’ve previously mentioned that I’m off to (cough) “cover” the BurningMan Festival in Black Rock City, NV for the PowerPage (translation: vacation). Leave it to Peter Kirn over at CreateDigitalMusic.com to actually cover the event. CDM’s got a really cool story about Eric Singer’s Max/MSP-controlled pyrophone at Burningman, which your humble editor spent a good hour or two playing around with at last year’s event. The thing is cool.
I’ll try to take some notes about the PowerBook and audio scene at )^( this year (pictures for sure) but I’m not promising anything, ok?

For some of the most bizarre and unusual music-sound installation art, look no further than Burning Man. Burning, indeed: this desert-based event has in the past featured Eric Singer’s Max/MSP-controlled pyrophone, a propane-powered flaming sound organ. (And, incidentally, that installation is making a repeat appearance this year.)
And what better activity when in the middle of the desert than tweaking knobs and producing strange electronic grooves? That’s the idea behind improbable orchestra, an interactive table full o’ knobs for collaborative soundmaking. Build one yourself: check out the copious design notes. Basic specs: the free Pure Data graphical multimedia development environment is running sounds, gutted Pentium PC with custom power supply, custom circuit board connecting the knobs and fiddly bits thorough a Parallax basic stamp board. (Lots more specs on their site, missing only details of the Pd patch.)

Jump over to CDM for the whole story, and if you’re attending BM this year, consider yourself invited to the PowerPage meetup tomorrow night.

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Animations for Your Color iPod

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Date: Thursday, August 25th, 2005, 05:48
Category: Archive

Tian at Kisky recently put a site together dedicated to sharing animations and other sequential ephemera for your color iPod. Click through for the link…

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GoogleTalk IM Client Announced: Hack it on Mac

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Date: Wednesday, August 24th, 2005, 07:48
Category: Software

Google TalkGoogle Talk is Google’s newly minted IM service. Too bad that the client software is Windows only. The upside is that you can configure a Jabber-compatible Mac Instant Messaging client (such as iChat, or GAIM) to use Google Talk if you have a GMail address.

- Choice: Get in touch how and when you want to?over email, IM or a call
– Quality: Talk through your computer but hear your friends as if they were in the same room
– Convenience: Your Gmail contacts are pre-loaded into Google Talk so inviting or talking to your friends is just a click away

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HOW TO Make a PowerBook in to a Wi-Fi Access Point

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Date: Wednesday, August 24th, 2005, 07:17
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MAKEZine has posted a tutotial on how to turn your PowerBook into a WiFi access point.

if you have a Mac Powerbook with PC card slot and a EVDO card you can make the same thing, broadcasting free Wi-Fi for anyone around! Here’s how

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