The Apple Core: Tevanian, Rubinstein leave Apple

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Date: Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 08:54
Category: The Apple Core

tevanian-rubenstein.jpgMarch 31, 2006 was the last official day of employment for two key Apple executives: Avadis “Avie” Tevanian, Jr. and Jon Rubinstein.
Think Secret reported last Monday that San Francisco Chronicle reporter Alan T. Saracevic confirmed that Tevanian was leaving to “pursue other interests.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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KBase: How to use the MacBook Pro With the Display Closed

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Date: Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple has posted a Knowledge Base article (#86286) that explains how to use your MacBook Pro with the display closed, it also works with the PowerBook G4.
Basically it boils down to closing the computer’s lid once your computer’s desktop appears on the external display. When the lid is closed, wake the computer up by either clicking your mouse button or by pressing a key on your keyboard.
If you want to do the same thing with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, see KBase article #.

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PowerDeal: MacBook Pro Rebate on Amazon

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Date: Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

If you’re not the type to buy a refurb MacBook Pro then you may want to check out a rebate that Amazon has going on MacBook Pros.
Apple MacBook Pro 1.83GHz US$1,999.99 – $150.00 MIR = $1,849.99 shipped!
Apple MacBook Pro 2.0GHz US$2,499.99 – $150.00 MIR = $2,349.99 shipped!
What makes this is deal is that Amazon if offering a US$150 mail in rebate (you need to mail it in by May 11) and you get free shipping. Add to that the fact that Apple adds sales tax to online store sales shipped all 50 states and you’ve really got a deal.

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Apple Offering Refurb MacBook Pros

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Date: Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

Apparently someone wanted to return their new MacBook Pro (although the thought of doing this completely baffles me) because over the weekend Apple added two MacBook Pro models to its Apple Certified Refurbished Products Web site. They’re offering the 2.0GHz model for US$2,149 (a 13% savings off US$2,499 list) and, get this, the 2.16GHz CTO model for US$2,399 (a 15% discount on the US$2,799 list price.) They’re also offering deals on refurbished iMac 20-inch 2GHz Intel Core Duo’s too, if you don’t mind that someone else has already had their mitts on it.

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MacBook Pro LEAP/PEAP Issues Resolved

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Date: Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

In a post to the Apple Support Forum (MacBook Pro > Internet, and Networking the MacBook Pro) Anthony Romano has resolved a problem with Lightweight Extensible Authentication Protocol (LEAP)/ Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP) wireless networking on the MacBook Pro. The fix involves installing the 1.1.1 version of the driver (from a Intel Mac mini) via the terminal.

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Convert WMA to MP3 with EasyWMA

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Date: Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 07:00
Category: Software

Last week I posted a piece on my ZDNet blog about voice recorders lamenting that the new Olympus DS-2200 voice recorder (US$289) I purchased doesn’t yet work with Intel Macs.
So there I was, stuck with a bunch of MWA files that I created (including PowerPage Podcast #13) that I couldn’t do much with. I thought that I’d be able to simply open the WMA files in QuickTime Pro (via Flip4Mac) and convert them to something useful, but alas Flip4Mac isn’t compatible with Intel Macs either. Bleh.
A quick search of MacUpdate yielded a little nugget called EasyWMA a US$10 application that did exactly what I was looking for: converting WMA’s to MP3s.
EasyWMA accepts wma, asf, wmv, wav and features manual or automatic bit rate selection from the source, batch processing and ID3 tags support. Now I only wish Olympus would reimburse me the US$10.

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