Going to Paris for Apple Expo 2005? Check out MapMemo

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2005, 22:23
Category: Software

MapMemo Maps Files to LocationsMapMemo is a software application we originally covered in October 2004 that allows you to load a map file and plot various points on it. The fun part is that you can drag files from the OS X finder to spots on the map and they become linked. It’s great for mapping customers, prospects or even your favorite destinations when traveling. More customer use cases are posted on the MapMemo Web site.
MapMemo if offering a free download just in time for Apple Expo Paris next month. The Paris MapMemo archive is a high-resolution city map (2.9MB) that displays all the Apple-related locations in Paris. It’s especially useful if you’re traveling to Paris to see the Apple Expo in a few weeks.
If you don’t know where to go for a drink, a chat or a french dinner MapMemo is for you.

Two weeks ago MapMemo has started collecting places and info concerning Paris from Apple users around the world. The first collection of tips is now available as free archive in the download section at the MapMemo website.
The places are all linked and marked on a very detailed map of Paris, which – thanks to the generous licensing by Kunth publishers – can be used and redistributed with new material by anyone as long as it is bound in a MapMemo file and as long as it is free of charge.
“We have been geo-tagging lots of web links, photos from Flickr, and text-Memos”, says Alexander Stengel the founder and head of MapMemo. “That was work, but not a problem. But it took us months and it needed a lot of luck to get a detailed map that anybody – and only this makes sense for a MapMemo file – can redistribute with its very own places and info. None of the major map providers could manage this kind of use, they simply had no acceptable licensing model for it. Maps are the number one problem if you deal with digital geo-solutions.”

MapMemo can be used as a free reader with no limits. Users can also alter files – like the MapMemo Paris archive – save, archive and send it out without ever paying a license fee. If you want to save a specific map file more than five times you’ll have to pay a license fee of 18?/US$18.


Several Hurt in Mad Dash for $50 iBooks

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2005, 21:04
Category: Hardware

Henrico County iBook T-ShirtFrom the “You’ll never hear this about a Dell laptop sale” department: A rush to purchase US$50 used iBooks turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. The Associated Press has more coverage reporting that “One woman went so far as to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line.”
WWBT NBC12 News is also covering the stampede and has posted a video. My favorite aspect of this story is the t-shirts (pictured) now being sold on eBay (t-shirt #2).


O'Grady's PowerPick: Griffin Technology AirClick USB

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2005, 02:57
Category: Accessory

Griffin Technology AirClick USBDo you ever connect your PowerBook to your television to watch DVDs or downloaded TV programs in VLC Player? I do and the two things that I don’t like about this setup is that: a) I can’t geek out on my PowerBook while watching, and b) I don’t have a remote control. It used to make me crazy because I’d grab my normal TV remote control to pause the program but it wouldn’t work (doh!). I’ve found the perfect solution for my PowerBook media center – Griffin’s AirClick USB. Read More…