Free PocketDock (actually just S&H)

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Date: Monday, December 12th, 2005, 13:35
Category: iPod

PocketDock your iPodThe US$19 PocketDock from SendStation is a tiny adapter that converts the proprietary FireWire port on third generation iPods and later into a normal, everyday female FireWire 400 port.
The boys over at SendStation are getting into the holiday spirit by giving away 1,000 original PocketDocks for FREE. All you have to pay is US$6.80 in shipping (they’re coming from Germany.) So get going and don’t say that I never gave you anything ;)

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AOpen mini a Dead Ringer for the Mac mini

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Date: Monday, December 12th, 2005, 13:29
Category: Mac mini

aopen-mini.jpgMacMiniColo submits this perfect example of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. In this case, AOpen practically cloned the form factor of the Mac mini – hell, they even completely ripped of the mini’s packaging. Should AOpen get a nasty Christmas card from the new, omnipotent Apple legal department? Or did they just coincidentally release a machine that resembles the mini? (Jobs to lawyers: “release the hounds!”)

I have good buddy who imports whoopie cushions, ab-burners and the cigarette lighters from China by the ship load. He explained to me “There is no copying in China. There is just very close, intense study of the things that are successful in the marketplace.” ….
We just got our hands on the AOpen mini PC, which bears a striking resemblance to the Mac mini.
A few hours playing with it under XP shows it to be a good little unit. Its a tad noisier and warmer than it the Mac mini, but all in all a good little unit. (Except it runs XP or Linux rather than OS X).

More side-by-side pictures of the *ahem* gross infringement at MacMiniColo.

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Flying Business Class with Nokia

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Date: Monday, December 12th, 2005, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

DSCN0130For Mac users who want to make the jump into what is currently available for business-class mobile devices, there are the usual options such as the Treo and the BlackBerry, and then there are the glitzy handsets from Nokia and Sony Ericsson.
The BlackBerry and the Treo are staples in the enterprise market. You can’t swing a fist in a conference center and not knock one out of the sweaty hands of another attendee. These devices do what they do very well, but there are other options available that you may find more interesting.
In particular, the BlackBerry really has no media capabilities to speak of, and the Treo is still showing its age, like a has-been supermodel who can’t stop telling you how hot they are. I’m not about about to start using Windows Mobile on my mobile devices, so this brings us right to the doorstep of Symbian.
There are a lot of different flavors of Symbian. There are the Nokia Series 60 devices, which are the one-handed smartphones you see plenty of. Then there are the UIQ devices from Sony Ericsson, Motorola, and others, which offer a touch-driven display. And there are also the Series 80 devices from Nokia, such as the Communicator line.
Nokia and SE are both renovating their flagship smartphone lineup. Sony Ericsson as recently demonstrated the Sony Ericsson P990 smartphone at the big show two weeks ago, and a lot of people are very interested in it. They should be. Its a great device.
And Nokia is making some changes as well – their two newest Communicators, the 9300 and 9500, are getting some changes as they position them in the US market. The 9300 is now getting WiFi added to it, for example, so that Cingular can more effectively market it in the US, and this incarnation of the 9300 is the 9300i .
All have push email capability, from BlackBerry via BlackBerry Connect, or other solutions from a variety of vendors. I am more interested in solid IMAP compatibility, though many corporate users may already have a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) which means a BlackBerry Connect option for these devices is the prefered method of getting email.
So how well do you fly when you fly business class? You may be surprised.
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The Apple Core: Stolen from Apple easter egg in original ROM

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Date: Monday, December 12th, 2005, 08:34
Category: The Apple Core

stolen_from_apple.jpgAn entry at Folklore.org by Andy Hertzfeld, a key member of the original Macintosh team, provides an interesting insight into the lengths that the company went to to protect their intellectual property. In this case, the Macintosh ROM.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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