The Apple Core: Advantage – Macintosh

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Date: Friday, November 4th, 2005, 11:39
Category: The Apple Core

van_zant.jpgThere are plenty of reasons to use a Mac; great software and hardware, the iPod, but perhaps the best reason is security.
It’s pretty well known that the Macintosh is a great platform because of the lack of viruses, trojans and malware that targets it. It’s one rare case where less market share is actually good for the platform. There isn’t a huge crosshair painted on our backs by increasingly creative script kiddies dying to see their next exploit splashed on the front pages.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: The importance of ID3 tags

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Date: Thursday, November 3rd, 2005, 07:30
Category: Software

Back when iPods were only black and white I cared less about album artwork, but now that all new iPods have color displays (excluding the shuffle) album art is becoming more valuable. It’s a blast from the past to see an album cover as I’m jamming out to a favorite tune. It puts the music into context and brings me back to the period.
Now with the advent of Apple’s Front Row media center application, album artwork is even more important because it’s prominently displayed on your iMac G5 while you’re listening to iTunes.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Lesson: If you Steal an iPod, Don't try to Ransom it

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Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005, 23:46
Category: iPod

Two 16-year-old Philadelphia boys were arrested in an undercover sting operation yesterday after holding a female college student’s iPod for ransom since this past weekend. The iPod was recovered unharmed.

iLounge

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Building the US$200 OSx86 Mac

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Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005, 22:41
Category: Hack

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In the following article I will discuss how to build a Intel based computer that comes very closely to meeting the specs of the OSx86 Development machines. We will discuss exactly WHAT hardware you want, WHERE to find the software, and HOW to install it…”

i-hacked.com

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Two new Apple Stores coming to New Jersey

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Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005, 08:39
Category: retail

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Having just relocated from Philadelphia to the Garden State, I found this AI story (via TUAW) about two new Apple stores coming to New Jersey particularly appealing.

According to this article at AppleInsider, Apple may be a part of the major retail renovations that are planned for Atlantic City’s Pier at Caesars. The four-story retail hub is scheduled to open next year and feature a variety of high end stores, like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and others. AppleInsider notes that job postings for the development include Apple retail positions, though their lease has not yet been finalized.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 8 Available for Download

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Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005, 00:41
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoPowerPage Podcast Episode 8 is now available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
On (the real) Episode 8 of the PowerPage Podcast my guest is Rob Parker from ParkerDigital.net. On today’s Podcast Rob and I discuss cool features in QuickTime Pro, putting iMovies on the iPod video, Vodcasts (the next big thing?), the crappy iPod video case, the death of the remote port and FireWire on the iPod, no charger, no dock, no booting, Dvorak’s column on Media Bias toward Apple, WiFiPod, Bricking your PSP and the Video Airport Express.
You can subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast via iTunes.

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Tidbits Compares Three PowerBook AC Adapters

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Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005, 00:28
Category: Accessory

lucille.jpgTidbits has a excellent piece by Travis Butler comparing three PowerBook AC adapters, including the new Lucille AC adapter from Madsonline:

Back in the days of the Wallstreet PowerBook G3, the best AC adapter I could find was the MicroAdapter by MadsonLine. It was about half the size of the power block that Apple used at the time, and even smaller than the yo-yo adapter that Apple switched to later. When the white iBook and Titanium PowerBook G4 came out, with a different-sized power socket, MadsonLine went their previous adapter one better by making the power tip – designed at a right-angle to reduce the amount of clearance needed – a machined aluminum piece instead of molded plastic. Unfortunately, the G4 MicroAdapter didn’t produce enough power to run and charge simultaneously a last-generation Titanium PowerBook, or the 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBooks. And so for a couple of years, I’ve been operating without my preferred adapter, and missing it.

Read the rest of Travis’ piece on Lucille, the Kensington Universal AC/Car/Air Adapter and the MacAlly AC Adapter for PowerBook G4 at Tidbits.

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The Apple Core: The iPod's missing feature: gapless playback

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2005, 23:00
Category: The Apple Core

gap-teeth.jpgGapless playback is simply the ability to playback several tracks with no pause between them. It’s very useful when listening to certain types of music especially classical, classic rock, jam bands and electronic music. Any album where each track naturally blends into the next is simply ruined by the gap inserted by iTunes and the iPod.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Wal Mart and the $400 Laptop

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2005, 20:36
Category: PC Notebook

Looks like Wal Mart’s one-upping itself from it’s sub-$600 laptops last year; looks like in 2005 you’re going to be able to get a $400 laptop from the ‘Mart, and a not too terrible one, at that (AMD 2800+ Sempron, 256MB RAM, 40GB drive, 15-inch screen, CD-RW/DVD). We’re sure they’re making like $3 on this thing…

Engadget – www.engadget.com

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The Apple Core: iPod your car, the right way

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2005, 00:25
Category: The Apple Core

alpine-cda-9855.jpgThere are several ways to connect your iPod to your car’s stereo ranging from simple and poor sounding to complex and high fidelity. Sometimes you don’t have much of a choice because your car stereo limits your options, but there’s an option for every configuration and budget.
The easiest method to blast your iPod through your car stereo is with an FM transmitter. FM transmitters (or modulators) connect to your iPod and turn it into a tiny radio station, broadcasting the audio over the air on an open FM frequency. Simply tune your car stereo to the FM station and you’re in business. They’re inexpensive and easy to install but finding an open FM frequency in a large city can be difficult and sound quality is poor.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.
To the people who are hating on Alpine’s Glide interface, chill out. You need to spend some time with it before you can truly comment on it. Remember the first time that you tried a trackpad? I’ve been using Glide for over a week now and it works well. You don’t have to scroll through playlists/tracks ten at a time, you can fast scroll and skip through playlists in larger groups: the faster you scroll your finger the faster you jump through the list, just like the iPod.

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