MacBook Pro Delays

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Date: Friday, February 10th, 2006, 20:07
Category: MacBook Pro

It appears that Apple.com is not the only store now reporting longer delays for the arrival of the MacBook Pro. Some retail stores are pushing back their delivery date as well.
The day his holy Steveness (peace be with him) announced the MacBook Pro, I pre-ordered it from the University of Pennsylvania’s computer store for the sweet academically-discounted price of US$1799. (Aaah, the perks that come with the US$40,000 tuition!). At that point they told me it would come in “early February.”
Alas, later visits revealed that the first batch of MacBooks was pushed back by Apple to “late February,” and then even further to “the first week in March.” God knows if it will be pushed back even further…meanwhile my ancient TiBook is apparently trying to see how many components it can make malfunction before I throw it out the window (currently eight busted parts and counting).
Why the delays?
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The Apple Core: Piel Frama Leather Case for Treo 650

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Date: Friday, February 10th, 2006, 11:02
Category: The Apple Core

piel-frama-treo-650-case.jpgYou’re either a case person or you’re not a case person – there isn’t too much of a grey area. Some people like their electronics just as the manufacturer intended, without the (sometimes unsightly) extra bulk that a case adds to the device. Then there are those that choose to protect their shiny technology devices with some form of a sheath to protect it from the harsh cruel world.
I definitely fall squarely in the camp of case-oholics. Some people think that it’s paranoia, but my excuse is that I am too rough with my gadgets. While I don’t intentionally abuse them, I have a way of pushing industrial design to the limits with the occasional drop, bang and scrape. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Klutz or anything – I baby my electronics all the time. I just find ways to occasionally drop and fumble them. Let’s call it an occupational hazard.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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PBFixIt Changes Name to iFixIt

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Date: Friday, February 10th, 2006, 00:00
Category: Announcement

PB FixIt, maker of the revolutionary Fixit Guide series, has changed their name to iFixit.

Explaining the move, iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens said, “Why are we changing names? A few reasons. The first: iFixit sounds cooler. Secondly, Apple is discontinuing the PowerBook name and we want to stay relevant to all Mac owners. But most important, we want to keep our options open. Our team is working incredibly hard to improve our product line and develop the Fixit Guide series.”
iFixit’s revolutionary do-it-yourself laptop repair manuals, the Fixit Guide Series, will continue to be free online at www.iFixit.com/Guide.
iFixit also announced the expansion of its online products. “I’m proud to announce that we have over 600 different Mac parts and upgrades in-stock and ready to ship. We couldn’t be more excited about our market position,” said Kyle Wiens.

If you need to take apart a PowerBook, say to upgrade a hard drive or something, you really should download one of their FixIt guides. They’re free and available for the following computers:
- Mac Mini
- PowerBook G3 (233 – 500 MHz)
- iBook G3 (300 – 900 MHz)
- iBook G4 (800 MHz – 1.42 GHz)
- PowerBook G4 Titanium (400 MHz – 1 GHz)
- PowerBook G4 Aluminum (867 MHz – 1.67 GHz)

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