Aluminum PowerBook (15-inch) Battery Update v1.1

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Date: Tuesday, March 14th, 2006, 19:21
Category: Software

Apple today posted Aluminum PowerBook (15-inch) Battery Update v1.1 a 400kb firmaware patch that “aids the 15-inch Aluminum PowerBook battery in performing at full capacity.” Accroding to Apple knowledge base article 303035 (“Updating battery firmware for PowerBook G4 (15-inch Double-Layer SD) and some earlier PowerBooks”):

This firmware update is required to keep your battery life up to specification, may recover battery life in some batteries that have developed short run times, and in some cases can recover batteries that are not recognized by the system.

If your PowerBook requires the update, it will be available through Software Update (called “Aluminum PowerBook (15-inch) Battery Update”). You can also download it from Aluminum PowerBook (15-inch) Battery Update v1.1 a 400kb firmaware patch that “aids the 15-inch Aluminum PowerBook battery in performing at full capacity.” Accroding to Apple knowledge base article 303035 (“Updating battery firmware for PowerBook G4 (15-inch Double-Layer SD) and some earlier PowerBooks”):”>Apple Downloads.

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Security Update 2006-002 Released

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Date: Tuesday, March 14th, 2006, 11:54
Category: Software

Security-Update-2006-02.jpgApple just released the second security update for Mac OS X of 2006:

Security Update 2006-002 is recommended for all users and improves the reliability and security of the following components:
apache_mod_php
CoreTypes
LaunchServices
Mail
Safari
rsync
Additionally, this update incorporates Security Update 2006-001, which improves the security of the following components:
apache_mod_php
automount
Bom
Directory Services
iChat
IPSec
LaunchServices
LibSystem
loginwindow
Mail
rsync
Safari
Syndication
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=61798

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Lapvantage Loft Elevates Your Ride in Style

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Date: Tuesday, March 14th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Accessory

lapvantage-loft.jpgIf you’re like me, you use your MacBook/PowerBook on a desk connected to an external monitor and keyboard. The problem with this setup has been what to do with the notebook computer on the desk. Perching your notebook on a desk makes it too low to see effectively and also makes it run hot due to inadequate airflow below the unit.
This problem has spawned a cottage industry of podium stands for notebook computers that are used on desks. Back in 2002 I wrote about the Lapvantage Dome which I used on my desk exclusively until yesterday when I replaced it with an updated version, the Lapvantage Loft (US$80).
The Lapvantage Loft is an ergonomic laptop stand that supports up to 15 pounds and fits most notebooks with 15-inch displays. Other notebooks will also fit although they may hang off the sides slightly.
The Loft is available with either a black or a silver pedestal and the polished acrylic platform is available in either blue, clear or white. Pictured above is the silver/blue configuration. The Loft is different from the Dome model in that it leaves space underneath the platform for storage of things like keyboards and other desk clutter. A built-in swivel base rotates 360 degrees for easy screen sharing.
The Lapvantage Loft is extremely ergonomic, looks cool and will clean up the look of your desk in a hurry.

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Proporta Retractable USB Cable for Treo 650

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Date: Tuesday, March 14th, 2006, 09:19
Category: Accessory

proporta-treo-sync.jpgAs you’re already aware, I have a thing for retractable cables. One of my favorites is the Retractable USB Sync and Charge Cable for the Treo 650 (US$16) from Proporta.
Retractable cables save room in my gear bag and eliminate the spaghetti-like tangle of cables that confounds me every time I need to grab something quickly.
The best thing about the USB sync cable for Treo is that it charges the phone while connected to USB – a major omission from the stock USB cable that ships from PalmOne. The bundled cable that comes with the Treo requires you to connect a separate AC adapter to the USB cable to charge the phone. Duh.
The only con that I have found is that there’s no dedicated sync button on the retractable USB sync cable, like there is on the PalmOne version. But it’s easy enough to tap into the HotSync app and initiate your sync from there.
In realted news: Proporta is giving a free pink silicone case to anyone who buys a case for their 30GB 5G iPod (while supplies last).

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The X Fader: iPod Fader on the Cheap

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Date: Tuesday, March 14th, 2006, 09:56
Category: iPod

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Ever been rocking your iPod at a party and a really lame song comes up in the shuffle? Nothing is worse than that ackward silence as you scroll through your playlist to find something more appropriate to play.
Times like this call for a mixer. The problem is that most mixers are expensive and heavy and unless you’re a pro DJ you’re not about to haul one to a party. Enter the xFader a tiny crossfader designed for iPod DJing. While not a full mixer, the xFader provides an easy way to fade between two sources.
When a lame song comes on, simply fade into a second iPod in the on-deck circle and keep the party going. The xFader features two standard 3.5mm stereo mini plugs so it connects to any device with an audio output – not just iPods. A standard 3.5mm stereo mini jack allows you to connect to any stereo or PA via the included RCA patch cable
The xFader is also great for when that guy invariably comes up and says “you’ve gotta play this!” The xFader weighs in at less than 3 ounces and is encased in a pocketable plastic case. You can pick one up for US$40 (shipped) from TheXFader.com.

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The Apple Core: Using a Treo as a Bluetooth modem with a MacBook Pro

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Date: Tuesday, March 14th, 2006, 08:29
Category: The Apple Core

treo-bt-dun.jpgWhile it’s not the fastest method of connecting to the Internet, there are times when it’s convenient to use your mobile phone for Dial Up Networking (DUN). The problem is that some operator-supplied handsets (like my Treo 650 from Verizon) have the DUN profile for Bluetooth disabled.
Use the following steps to connect your Mac to the Internet via a Bluetooth connection with your Treo 650.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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