Monday Morning Quarterback

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 15:51
Category: Opinion

Well, OK Tuesday afternoon then. What happened? Apple was in fact early with their Intel Processor migration. Why? They had to start somewhere and Yonah was ready. This is a relatively expensive dual core processor, especially compared with the cost of the G4. I do not think the iBook and the mini were right for the timing of this particular processor. Sounds like it is screaming fast and power stingy to boot. Perfect for the pro laptop.
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MWSF06: Presentation Key Notes (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 14:39
Category: Macworld Expo

Shaun Redmond contributes his live keynote coverage from the just-ended presentation by Steve Jobs here at Macworld Expo 2006. Note: these are stream-of-consciousness
Macworld SF Keynote
Ton of Media Personnel 1000+ (500+ Online Media)
Usual Packed house
Cell phone Warning at 9:00 am PST
Al Gore is in the front row, Mayor of SF walks over to chat with him
Lights dim at 9:07, Steve enters in usual black and indigo outfit
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MWSF: Apple Announces Intel MacBook Pro

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 13:34
Category: Announcement

macbook-pro.jpg“One More Thing…”
“We’ve done everything possible” to put a G5 in a PowerBook…
Announcing the MacBook Pro
4-5x faster than PBG4
imaging 4.5x faster
floating point 5.2x faster
fastest Mac notebook ever
1-inch thin (thinner than 17-inch PowerBook)
15.4 inch as bright as cinema display
iSight camera built-in
live iChat demo with Phil
video conferencing on the go
IR sensor and IR port
FrontRow built-in
another really cool feature
Magsafe connector, magnetic power connector pulls right off if you trip on it
5.6 pounds
amazing standard features
scrolling trackpad
sudden motion sensor
DVI video out drives 30-inch
full digital optical audio in and out
$1999 – 1.67 Core Duo; 667 DDR bus, x1600
$2499 – 1.83 Core Duo; 667 DDR bus, x1600
MacBook Pro – 1.67GHz
15.4-inch TFT display with 1440×900 resolution
1.67GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2MB shared L2 Cache
667MHz frontside bus
512MB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
80GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive
Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory
MacBook Pro – 1.83GHz
15.4-inch TFT display with 1440×900 resolution
1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2MB shared L2 Cache
667MHz frontside bus
1GB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
100GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive
Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory
shipping in February.
Taking orders today.


Dot Mac, Apple Store Temporarily Unavailable

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 12:04
Category: Uncategorized

Dot Mac and The Apple Store are both down.
Back Soon


PowerPage Forums Open for Business

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 11:30
Category: Announcement

The PowerPage Forums are open for business today and provide a place for mobile technologists to discuss everything related to Apple’s mobile products: PowerBooks, iBooks, iPods and just about anything else. There’s even a dedicated forum to discuss everything going on at Macworld Expo San Francisco 2006.
Got an old PowerBook or some Mac parts sitting in your basement or garage that you want to get rid of? Who doesn’t! If you don’t have the time to cobble together an eBay auction post them in the Swap Meet Forum and find them a home.
Have you had your Mac gear stolen? Post the serial number(s) in the Stolen PowerBook Registry Forum so that someone doesn’t buy your gear from a shady criminal.
So hurry up and register your preferred user name before they’re all gone. See you there.


Apple Plasmas too Good to be True

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 10:38
Category: Macworld Expo

Apple Plasmas?I just received this obvious Photoshop-job of “Apple plasmas” being loaded into a store window. While fun to look at, I’m increasingly of the opinion that the whole thing could be a massive misinformation campaign by Cupertino to get us off the scent.
The PowerPage has been receiving suspicious IMs from people claiming to have all kinds of facts on the new plasma Macs but they simply don’t add up. Part numbers of the alleged TVs don’t match what other Mac Web sites have been told, so there’s a good chance that Steve, Phil and Avie are simply testing the loyalty of their staff by giving out false info and looking for it on the Web. They simply match the specs (in this case the PNs) to the leak and BAM, they’re fired. It’s a crappy way to down-size but it may be happening.
You have to take all this pre-Expo reporting with a grain of salt. Remember that no one except Steve himself and a handful of engineers, PMs and execs know the exact details of the products being announced today. Cupertino is pretty stealthy leading up to Expo and it wouldn’t surprise me if the whole plasma thing turned out to be a smoke-screen. We’ll see in 60 minutes.


FoxTrot Comic Pokes Fun at Steve Jobs and MWSF

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 10:42
Category: Macworld Expo

Check out this funny FoxTrot comic strip by Bill Amend:

FoxTrot and Steve Jobs

It’s no longer on the front page of the FoxTrot Web site, but you can find the whole strip here. (Thanks Calvin Choy)


AirFoil 2 Fills Gaps in AirTunes Software

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 08:35
Category: Software

Rogue Amoeba Software’s Airfoil 2.0 fills some major gaps left by Apple’s AirTunes software for broadcasting music to the Airport Express base station. The original Airfoil enabled any audio (not just iTunes) to be sent to the device. Airfoil 2 makes it possible to send audio to multiple AirPort Express units simultaneously and in sync.

Using Airfoil and multiple AirPort Express units, it’s possible to “wire” a house for audio, wirelessly, for a fraction of the cost of more expensive audio players. To add audio to a room, just plug in an AirPort Express (and speakers, of course), and Airfoil can send the audio there. Heck, not even iTunes can do that, but Airfoil will work with iTunes!
New Features In Airfoil 2:
* Support For Multiple AirPort Express Units
* Support for sending audio to password-protected units
* Audio Effects, including a 10 band equalizer, as well as volume and
balance controls
* Support for sending audio to password-protected units
* Send audio from new sources, including USB radios, Dashboard widgets,
and audio devices
* Send all audio playing on the system
* Support for sending audio to password-protected units
* Includes and supports Smart Crash Reporting
* Fully Applescriptable

Airfoil 2 is immediately available as a free demo from the Airfoil Web site. Version 2 is a free update for licensed users, new users can purchase Airfoil through the Rogue Amoeba store for US$25.


The Apple Core: It was the night before Expo…

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 01:34
Category: The Apple Core

… and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except for Steve’s mouse.
“Quick, change that keynote slide, he’s got it all posted.”
“And you’d better do it quick, before you’re ass is toasted!”
The night before Expo is kind of a weird time, there’s a kind-of quiet before the storm type of feeling but it’s hard to take advantage of because the ether is buzzing with everyone’s predictions and conjecture about what his Steveness is going to announce.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Aluminum PowerBook 15-inch Battery Update

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 00:44
Category: Software

Apple Software UpdateWaiting in your software update is the “Aluminum PowerBook 15-inch Battery Update.” Which according to Apple’s hyper-vague description “aids the 15-inch Aluminum PowerBook battery in performing at full capacity.” The software is 820kb and I’d recommend waiting at least 72 hours for the dust to settle before installing ANY software update from Apple. I mean, you didn’t need it yesterday, did you?
And what’s with the descriptions? C’mon Apple, these lame, super-secret we’re-not-going-to-tell-you-what-it-fixes software updates are starting to piss me right off. Tell me what it fixes already! Is this update going to permanently disable the other RAM slot in my PowerBook?
Are the lawyers at Apple really such tight asses? Maybe if Apple stopped suing their fans (*cough* RIAA *cough*) their fans would stop bringing class-action suits against them.