27dBm Transceiver Available for MBP

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2006, 20:13
Category: MacBook Pro

QuickerTek announced a new Airport transciever for the MBP today:

QuickerTek on Monday introduced a new 27dBm transceiver that boosts the MacBook Pro’s wireless range by up to 100%. The US$200 product is compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g networks and features 500 milliwatts of RF power.

New Transceiver Boosts MacBook Pro’s Wireless Performance || The Mac Observer

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15,000 Songs on your Credenza

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2006, 08:22
Category: Hardware

iPods are great little sound machines, with the emphasis on little and they pack enough power to drive a pair of earbuds for hours and hours. If you don’t need portable, you can get a lot more bang far a lot less buck. Whether you use an all Apple solution or even a PC, older computers make cheap digital jukeboxes and iTunes is free. Keep in mind that most PCs used for computing tasks are attached to some seriously lo-fi speakers. This is not what I am talking about. I have cobbled together a number digital jukeboxes, many on the cheap.
My first digital music box came pre-configured. You see, I still have my Twentieth Anniversary Mac and it was designed to play music. The Bose sound system is decent, considering the size limitations of the small drivers in the TAM head unit. The fan in my TAM always runs because of a G3 upgrade, I only have a 20GB laptop drive in it and the version of Quicktime running on OS 9 does not support Apple’s Fair Play. But, with it’s built in remote control, CD drive and iTunes, it makes for an elegant integrated music system.
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The Apple Core: Thermal Grease Theory

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

MBP-thermal-grease.jpgThere’s a theory making the rounds that the MacBook Pro’s high temperatures are attributed to a misapplication of “thermal grease” that’s applied to the CPU and GPU chips during the manufacturing process.
A post by Interrupting Moss on the Something Awful forums mentions that “it just takes a slight misapplication of thermal grease on a MacBook Pro to make the temperatures skyrocket.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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1.5GHz PowerBook Drives Dropping Like Flies

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2006, 00:00
Category: PowerBook

June two years ago and my friend and I bought two 1.5 AL PowerBooks on the same receipt. Lovely machines, albeit somewhat hot to the touch.
Fast forward to three weeks ago and my hard drive starts exhibiting signs of a terminal illness; not booting, death rattles, all the normal “you’re about to lose all your data” type stuff.
Gulp.
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Nintendo Introduces Wii

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2006, 00:00
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nintendo-wii.jpgIn the world of technology, there are two names that consistently impress me with their ability to mix innovation, humanity and fun. Apple is one, Nintendo is the other. Another characteristic they both share is influence far beyond that which their sales figures might suggest. Look at any list of ‘greatest computer games ever’ and Nintendo titles will be in the top ten.
For some time Nintendo have been talking about releasing a new console. Code-named ‘Revolution’, its main feature is a revolutionary new ‘joypad’, which will work in a similar way to a television’s remote control (for more info, click here).
Yesterday, Nintendo announced the launch name of its next games console with this typically quirky (and frustratingly brief) press release.
Introducing… Wii
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