Kyocera KPC650 EVDO Card Fully Supported on PowerBooks

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 23:40
Category: Archive

The Mac EVDO Experts at who in the past have shown us how to make every Verizon BroadbandAccess card work on the PowerBook, is now reporting that software is available that brings full support of the Kyocera KPC650 to PowerBooks. Click through for the link…


iPod mini Dissection

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 11:05
Category: Hack

iPod mini Autopsy photosSpeaking of blowing out iPods, if you want to throw caution to the wind and open your iPod mini, has posted the autopsy photos. They don’t tell you how to do it, but a little bird told me that the procedure involves a holding a hot hair dryer to the top panel to soften up the glue. You’ll obviously be voiding your warranty (yadda, yadda) but with new iPods on the horizon, who cares? You can pick up a new one next month. Oh, the price of being an early adopter!


HP iPods 20 Percent off at Office Depot

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 11:28
Category: Hardware

HP iPods 20 Percent OffAccording to this post at Office Depot is blowing out HP branded iPods for 20 percent off. The deal is in store only and not available for Internet orders. There is some speculation that Office Depot will honor Staples’ US$30 off purchases over US$150 coupon but we’re skeptical. If you know different or can confirm, drop us a line.


CoconutBattery has the Skinny on Your Battery

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 09:31
Category: Software

Coconut BatteryEver wonder why your PowerBook’s battery life seems to suck? If your battery life isn’t exact what is used to be, or you’re just curious about how much capacity is left in the darned thing, check out coconutBattery 1.1. This little universal binary application that gives you live feedback about the cells in your PowerBook or iBook, including:
– Current battery charge
– Maximum battery charge
– Current battery capacity
– Original battery capacity
– Battery load cycles
– Age of your Mac
– Charger connected
– Battery is charging
More battery goodness:

If coconutBattery detects that you have connected the wrong charger (i.e. an ibook-charger plugged in a powerbook) it will warn you! That’s a cool feature!
Of course you are able to save the current maximum capacity of your battery – with just one click! coconutBattery uses Apple’s new and really powerful technology names “CoreData” to realize that.

(Thanks TUAW)


Is Spotlight Killing Your PowerBook's Battery Life?

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 03:12
Category: Software

SpotlightAn article on Slashdot discusses the impact of spotlight has on a PowerBook’s battery life:

Viltvodlian Deoderan asks: “So, Spotlight for Mac OS X Tiger is very cool. I can now let my innate ability to disorganize things shine through. However, when using my PowerBook unplugged, it seems that my battery lasts a noticeably less time. A close reading of Ars Technica’s description of how spotlight works suggests that this is due to keeping the index file up-to-date on disk. Has anyone else noticed the same thing? Does someone have a better explanation for why my battery seems to drain out, prematurely? Is there some way real-time indexing can be turned off to conserve power?”

Click through for the Ars Technica link and to read the comments, they’re priceless (as always).