Airport Express: When Blinking Green Means Stop

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 10:00
Category: Hardware

airport-express2.jpgAirport Express is a great product. Lots of us use it to set up wireless networks, play music and print. It’s easy to set up and works well — until it dies. When mine did, I did the usual. I looked on line, I checked all the wires, I called Apple support. They were helpful, but I was out of luck. My waranty had expired. I looked on Apple’s discussion forums and this seems very common. Shouldn’t Apple fix what appears to be a design problem?
Is this still happening with new Aiport Expresses?
Contributed by: Peter


MacBook Pro Display Tilt

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook Pro

I just love my new MacBook Pro but after a week of playing I noticed that I cannot open my display nearly as far as I could on my old 12-inch PowerBook. My clients with 15 and 17-inch PowerBook G4s can open the display clamshell much further back than I can with my MBP.
I wish the MBP would have been designed to allow users to open the lid to almost flat. It’s a shame with the new brightness of the display sitting on my lap it is very hard to tilt the display at an adequate vantage point to look at it squarely – not to mention brining yourself into proper alignment of the built-in iSight. My audience will have to examine how well I tie a double windsor – or knot 😉
Contributed by: Stephen Dolenski


MicroMat’s TechTool Protege, Why Stop There?

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 09:00
Category: Uncategorized

micromat-protege.jpgMicromat have recently released a very nice little tool, the Techtool Protege:

This tiny FireWire-based device contains 1 gigabyte of memory and comes complete with the latest version of Mac OS X, the latest version of TechTool Pro and our latest drive utility DiskStudio. And there’s still room left over for your other utilities as well.

Now, this got me thinking… why doesn’t every computer come with one of these? How difficult would it be for manufacturers to put a basic startup system, along with analysis tools on each machine, so that if a problem is detected during startup, the machine switches to the flash-based basic system, runs a set of repair routines, and then either restarts from the repaired drive, or alerts the user that more work is needed?


Memory’s Continual Expansion

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 08:00
Category: Accessory

transflash-400.jpgMy eldest daughter, Sky (19-and-two-thirds), has just purchased a new mobile phone. It has the facility to accept a ‘transflash’ memory card. The one we ordered just arrived; a 1 gigabyte unit measuring 1 x 10 x 15mm (fingernail size). It cost less than three chart CDs.
The first external hard drive I possessed was bought for a Macintosh Plus in 1986. It was about 70 x 220 x 220mm, and weighed at least a kilogram. It was the largest capacity available at the time, 20 megabytes – a FIVE-HUNDREDTH of the capacity of the aforementioned memory card. And it cost me over 600 (plus VAT).
I’m still in a mild state of shock. Read more on my blog.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan


The Apple Core: EFF Stands Up for Online Journalists’ Rights in Apple v. Does

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 08:48
Category: The Apple Core

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told a San Jose, California appeals court Thursday that denying protections for confidential sources would deliver a dangerous blow to online journalism and independent media.
Apple Computer is suing several unnamed individuals, called “Does,” who allegedly leaked information about an upcoming product to online news sites PowerPage and AppleInsider. As part of its investigation, Apple subpoenaed Nfox — my email service provider — for communications and unpublished materials obtained by me. A trial court upheld the subpoena.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.