Flash-based PowerBooks?

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Date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005, 16:01
Category: PowerBook

Barring the obvious pricing issues, wouldn’t it be cool if Apple did away with hard drives in the upcoming Intel PowerBook in favor of flash memory? It would allow them to further minimize the footprint (possibly fulfilling my dream of a PowerBook nano) and even offer the first instant-on machines.
The Motley Fool has a story on Apple’s aggressive sourcing of flash memory and the potential for a new instant-on or near instant-on machine. The article also discusses Intel’s “Robson” technology that integrates NAND flash into computers. Although flash memory chips aren’t likely to replace the HDD any time soon, adding it promises to provide longer battery life.
The other barrier to replacing hard drives with flash is price. Flash memory is much more expensive that hard drive mechanisms, but then again Apple recently prepaid $1.25B to secure flash chips through 2010, which probably got them a substantial discount. Maybe they have all that flash memory allocated to something other than iPods?

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TV My iPod: Why Didn't I Think of That?

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Date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005, 15:31
Category: iPod

TVMyiPod‘s pitch is tempting: “The first online store to offer brand new Apple video iPods pre-loaded with your favorite DVD collections at NO EXTRA CHARGE!”
It works like this: You buy the iPod video from them at the same price as the Apple store. You buy DVDs from them, popular titles in a variety of categories, season collections and all, starting at US$20. They custom rip every DVD for you onto the iPod, for the same price as the iPod and the same price as the movies from Best Buy. They even send you the DVD itself. Sound too good to be true?
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FiOS is Available!

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Date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005, 11:03
Category: Announcement

FiOSlogo.gifA Verizon press release states that the company’s wicked-fast fiber optic broadband service, FiOS, is now available to residential customers in Bergen, Mercer, Camden, Morris, Somerset, and Monmouth counties in New Jersey. The Verizon FiOS pages allow you to check your phone number or address to see if you qualify for the new service.
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The Apple Core: Happy MacsGiving

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Date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005, 10:25
Category: The Apple Core

thanksgiving-icons.jpgIf you’re looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family don’t forget about your Mac! Many people will leave their machines idle while enjoying turkey, football and stories with the family. Phooey. Here are some suggestions about things that you can do with your Mac over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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