The Apple Core: Where are the dual core Xserves?

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2005, 08:12
Category: The Apple Core

xserve-xraid-200.jpgThe announcement of Apple’s new dual-core Power Mac G5s last month was a much needed shot-in-the-arm for the company’s desktop lineup but the new chips left a gaping hole in the product line. The machines that arguably need the increased horsepower that the dual-core chips provide the most

Doom on Your iPod Nano

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Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2005, 10:42
Category: iPod

Programmers Benjamin Eriksson and Mattias Pierre have announced that iDoom now runs on an iPod nano and features configurable controls. The game is a port of the classic first-person shooter to the iPod, which was first covered by The iPod Observer in August.The game requires iPodLinux and works on all first- through fourth-generation iPods, as well as the iPod photo, the pre-video color models, both versions of the iPod mini and the iPod nano.

iDoom comes with what is probably my favorite disclaimer of all time: “Your iPod might be the first iPod to be bricked by this application.”


Turn an iBook 12" Into a PowerBook 12" (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2005, 09:30
Category: iBook

ibook-g4.jpgA story at HardMac details how to turn an iBook 12-inch into a PowerBook 12-inch.

The iBook 12″ is an excellent compromise between mobility, robustness, performance and price. It can also be transformed to become a strong competitor for its brother, the PowerBook 12″. However, it is impossible to equip the iBook 12″ as a PowerBook 12″ via the BTO from the Apple Store. So, it can be tempting to buy a basic iBook 12″ model and upgrade it yourself into a highly performing mobile computer. This article is intended to provide you help to perform such transformation. This transformation is not a “piece of cake”, and requires skills, knowledge and tools.

After the above modifications the only real difference between the iBook and the PowerBook is monitor spanning

What Does Steve Know That we Don't?

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Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2005, 08:51
Category: Intel

cell.cpu.jpgSometimes you want to be a fly on the wall and hear what actual is going on behind closed doors in tech labs and board rooms. A article over at states the CELL triad has released a 1000 page developer kit. The article brings out a few unique directions that the CELL Processor will be used in: Toshiba will be using it in their TVs (the next step making the TV as the digital hub), Mercury Computer Systems will use it in their own custom made computers, Sony in the Playstation 3, and variations of the chip will appear in mobile phones and PDAs.
Click through for the rest of the story…


The Apple Core: Mac OS X on x86 Reviewed

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Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2005, 08:48
Category: The Apple Core

Almost as soon as Apple released their OS X for Intel developer kit enterprising hackers undid the security scheme that was supposed to prevent it from being installed on any old generic beige box. In addition to being able to install OS X on a cheap PC from Wall Mart, they’ve turned it into a sport to see how cheap you can build an x86 Mac.
I’m not interested in installing the hacks to try to get OS X running on one of my old PCs

The Apple Core: Battery chargers vs. in-PowerBook charging

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Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, 01:30
Category: The Apple Core

nwtcharger.jpgIf you’re like me you probably charge your PowerBook’s battery in the PowerBook itself and don’t worry too much about it. While this is fine in most cases, it’s going to deplete the charge capacity of your battery over time. Especially if you constantly unplug and re-plug your machine.
While it’s true that Lithium-Ion batteries aren’t susceptible to the “memory effect” of previous battery technologies (like NiMH, for example) a PowerBook battery only has has a limited amount of charge cycles in its useful life. If you’re constantly partial charging your ‘Book, each of these counts toward your total cap of charges before the performance of your battery begins to drop off.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


How-To: Change the Color of the Apple Logo on Your PB

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Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, 00:06
Category: Hack

green-apple-logo-pb.jpgSterling Anderson has posted a pictorial on how to change the color of your PowerBook’s Apple logo. That’s pictorial, as in, just pictures. Obviously, you’re doning this at your own peril, ok?


Review: Simpl A1 Amps up Your iPod

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Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, 00:30
Category: iPod

simpl-a1.jpgSimpl Acoustics has put out one of the best headphone amps for the iPod. Audiophiles demanding more power out of your iPod: this is the one. What makes it even better is that the Simpl A1 was just reduced from US$149 to US$99.
Placing my headphones into the A1’s jack for the first time resulted in a pleasant increase in volume

Radio Shack Selling iPods

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Date: Tuesday, November 8th, 2005, 23:57
Category: retail

ipod-radio-shack.jpgAccording to a story at Playlist (via MacCentral) RadioShack has become an authorized iPod reseller.

The deal permits RadioShack to sell all iPod models from the tiny shuffle all the way to Apple

Clad Your iPod nano in Style

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Date: Tuesday, November 8th, 2005, 19:01
Category: iPod

speck-nano-cases.jpgIf you own an iPod nano it’s a pretty good idea to keep it in a case. Unless, of course, you want it to look like you took a piece of steel wool to the display. For the first month or so after it was announced nano cases were impossible to find, but now there’s a veritable plethora of nano cases coming to market.
Speck Products makes a bunch of cool cases for the iPod nano that are worthy of your hard-earned bucks. My current favorites are the ToughSkin, Cloud ToughSkin and the Grass FunSkin (US$35 each).
The ToughSkin is a ruggedized case that can survive high impact, the Cloud is a white fluffy case that looks like the Michelin Man and the Grass is like wrapping your nano in a miniature putting green. Each comes with a removable belt clip, which I remove because it’s redundant and a crystal-clear screen cover that is essential.
Like any good case Speck’s skins leave enough open space for the docking cable, headphone jack and hold switch. One minor nit I have with the ToughSkin is that the dock connector opening is not quite big enough to accommodate the PocketDock Combo from SendStation