Students Charged as Felony Hackers – Password Written on Back of iBooks

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Date: Friday, August 19th, 2005, 10:39
Category: Opinion

Arrest Me I Know The PasswordIn other educational news – 13 high school students in the PowerPage’s home state of Pennsylvania (the Kutztown 13 as they’re known) were charged with third-degree felonies for misusing their school-issued Apple iBooks. Their heinous crime? They used the administrator password (which was taped on the back of the computers, no less) to install unauthorized software. Not BitTorrent, not Limewire, but iChat AV. Sheesh. Read More…

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iBooks Replace Textbooks – Finally

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Date: Friday, August 19th, 2005, 09:31
Category: Hardware

iBooks Replace Textbooks at AZ High SchoolThe demise of the dead-tree edition textbook may finally be upon us – at least in Arizona anyway. Empire High School in Arizona is the first public school in the United States to replace textbooks with their digital equivalent – Apple iBooks. According to a story in the Associated Press, the school will be issuing iBooks to all 340 students in lieu of textbooks. No word yet on what to do with all those highlighters they purchased last year.

School officials believe the electronic materials will get students more engaged in learning. Empire High, which opened for the first time this year, was designed specifically to have a textbook-free environment.
“We’ve always been pretty aggressive in use of technology and we have a history of taking risks,” said Calvin Baker, superintendent of the Vail Unified School District, which has 7,000 students outside of Tucson.

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Plentycom Systems' SteerMouse 2.0 is a Better MouseTrap

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2005, 18:19
Category: Software

Steer MousePlentycom Systems’ SteerMouse 2.0 is an alternate mouse driver for the Apple Mighty Mouse that allows you to customize buttons, wheels and cursor speed. SteerMouse has convenient and unique functions that Apple’s driver doesn’t:
- You can assign various functions, such as a shortcut key input, a cursor movement for the default button, etc…
- You can customize the scroll ball.
- You can adjust the cursor speed and the cursor acceleration. (Apple’s driver allows you to adjust only the cursor acceleration)
- You can customize the Mighty Mouse in each application.

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Review: Salling Clicker Makes a Great Home Theatre Remote

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2005, 15:28
Category: Software

Salling ClickerI have a Mac mini set up as a small media center connected to a plasma screen and also serving iTunes out to two areas of the house via a M-Audio Sonica Theater USB sound out device (also used for Dolby 5.1 for DVD playback) and via Airtunes/Airport Express (trivia: you can watch DVD’s in one room, and listen to iTunes in another off the same computer). I also have a PowerBook I use on the road – sometimes connected to a projector for either presentations or DVDs. What was lacking in both cases was a good remote control that I could use close to, as well as away from, the computers to control different aspects of what I was doing. I had long been interested in Salling Clicker – a US$20 application that can turn a mobile phone into a remote control, but didn’t have a suitable phone model to use. I recently upgraded to a Nokia 6680 3G phone and one of the first things I did was to download this application and start to play around with it.
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HOW TO: Replace Lost PowerBook G4 Feet on the Cheap

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2005, 09:06
Category: Archive

PowerBook FeetMAKE Blog: has a tip for you if your PowerBook suffers from podiatry issues.

One of the complaints about the first-generation PowerBook G4 is that the rubber feet easily wear down/tear off leaving the owner with a very hot machine that sits directly on the table. Not good for the table, not good for the machine. Here’s a HOW TO on replacing them, cheaply…

Jump over to MAKE Blog for the link.

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Apple on PowerBook Care and Feeding

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Date: Wednesday, August 17th, 2005, 08:00
Category: Archive

PowerBook Aluminum Top ViewApple has a page on their support Web site detailing how to properly care for a PowerBook that is required reading for all PowerBook owners – because most people never even touch the manuals. It’s mostly obvious stuff like “Avoid getting moisture in any openings” and “Do not spray liquid directly on the screen,” etc. but there are a couple of gems in there, like “Always leave space around your power adapter. Do not use this equipment in a location where airflow around the power adapter or computer is confined.” This is spot on. My 65 watt AC adapter got solar hot recently when it was wedged between the pillows on my couch for about an hour.
One they forgot to add: “PowerBooks don’t like coffee.”

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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.

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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).

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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…

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Using the Linux Framebuffer for Mac Media Player

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2005, 13:19
Category: Archive

Use the Linux kernel framebuffer to display graphics — and discover the alarming truth behind the framebuffer’s so-called “standard” mode. This article shows you how to make efficient, direct use of the framebuffer to display JPEG files. Read More…

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