REVIEW: MacBook Pro 17-inch

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Date: Friday, May 12th, 2006, 09:58
Category: MacBook Pro

17inchestogether.jpgI replaced my 17″ PowerBook (1GHz) with a 17″ MacBook Pro. After half a day with the MacBook Pro, I’ve got almost all good things to say about my new machine (so far).
The one downside is the heat when it is plugged in and set at “Better Performance” it is almost untouchable on the bottom. I was installing all of my applications and copying my files over from my LaCie Big Disk (FW 800) and sitting wide-eyed at the speed at which my iTunes library came over when I decided to check on the heat.
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Contributed by: Bob Fish

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iPod Recording Coming in June

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Date: Friday, May 12th, 2006, 08:01
Category: Accessory

micromemo.jpg… But not from Apple. XtremeMac’s MicroMemo digital voice recorder (US$80) allows you to record CD quality (44 KHz/16-bit) digital audio into your iPod video and is a highly anticipated accessory. The MicroMemo will be shipping in mid-June according to the vendor. Stay tuned for a review when it becomes available.

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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro temperature graphs

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Date: Friday, May 12th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

mbp_temp_history.jpgPhil Angell has posted the MacBook Pro Heat Page where he is posting the CPU temperature graphs of contributors MacBook Pros. It’s interesting to compare the temperatures of MacBook Pros before and after removing Apple’s thermal grease and the application of Arctic Silver 5.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: iPod on your Treo

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Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2006, 10:24
Category: The Apple Core

mocean.gifThere have been several attempt at merging the iPod and the mobile phone but each has so many compromises that most people end up going back to carrying two devices. There’s no question that the next big breakthrough in mobile technology will be the hybrid mobile phone/music player, and frankly, it’s Apple’s game to lose.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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.Mac Public Folders Accessible in a Browser

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Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

If you’ve got a .Mac account and want to share files with non-Mac users, or if you are a PC user, and want to access a .Mac user’s Public folder, things have just got a lot easier.
Entering the URL ‘idisk.mac.com/membername-Public’ (where ‘membername’ is the, erm, member’s name) in your web browser will render a page that includes download links for the contents of that .Mac account’s Public folder.
You can also let friends and colleagues use your iDisk Public folder page to upload and share files themselves by selecting the iDisk pane in .Mac System Preferences and choosing the Read/Write option for your Public Folder.
There is the option to add password-protection if you want to limit access to a chosen few. If you add password-protection, your visitors will be prompted for a password when they first visit your Public folder. Note: your visitors should enter “public” (without the quotes) in the Name field when prompted for the Name and Password by Safari.
Web Public folders requires on of the following browsers (it doesn’t currently work with Flock -Ed):
- Safari 1.3 or later (Mac)
- Firefox 1.0.4 or later (Mac or Win)
- Explorer 6 or later (Win)
Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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The Mountain Moves

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Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

sony-w700i-200.jpgAsahi.com reports:

Sony Corp. on Tuesday announced a symbolic concession to Apple Computer Corp. on digital audio technology. The company will make its latest music management software compatible with the AAC data compression technology used by Apple. The change will enable users of some types of Walkman digital audio players to listen to music imported from Apple’s music management software.
Sony long clung to its proprietary data compression technology, known as ATRAC. It has since turned to an open-door policy, embracing such popular formats as MP3 and Microsoft Corp.’s WMA. Still, the electronics manufacturer’s acceptance of Apple’s AAC format, used for the immensely popular iPod digital music players, marks a particular about-face.
Sony said the coming version of its music management software Sonic Stage will be compatible with AAC. The company will provide the software, called Sonic Stage CP, free of charge through the Internet from May 25. The software is compatible with hard-disk types of Walkman A series products.
Sony’s latest strategy is an open acknowledgment that it can no longer ignore iPod’s dominance. In April, Apple controlled 52 percent of the nation’s portable digital music player market, in terms of units sold, according to market researcher BCN Inc. Sony is a distant second with a 15 percent share, followed by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., with a 7 percent share.

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Crumpler’s Beer for Bags Sale Coming to NYC

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Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Luggage

crumpler-beer-for-bags.pngCrumpler (one of my favorite bag companies) is doing something very unique – they’re accepting beer in lieu of currency for a new Crumpler bag. They even play drinking games with you while they’re at it.
You’ve got to be in New York to take advantage, Crumpler’s first annual U.S. Beer for Bags sale runs from 03 June – 11 June, 2006 at its two Manhattan locations, 45 Spring St. and 49 8th Ave.
If you bring in a 12 Brooklyn Lagers, you’ll get an Aggot. A 40 ounce Old English and 12 PBRs gets you a large Bundle. The bags get better as the the beer gets better. Tie one on and get some new nylon!

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RadTech Releases Three New Bluetooth Mice

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Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Accessory

radtech-bt-mice.gifRadTech quietly rolled out three new Bluetooth mice yesterday: BT100 (US$50), BT300 (US$52) and the five-button BT600 (US$60). They all now recharge with an included USB charging cable. Couple these bad boys with their new RadMouse software and you have one of the best mousing experience available on a Mac.

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As the Apple Turns 2 (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

As the Apple Turns 2 is billed as “a parody of As the Apple Turns, a humorous news site created by Jack Miller.” AtAT went dark with its last post on 12 October 2005 without as much as a cheeky explanation as to when, if ever, it would be back. Tomorrow will be seven months since Jack’s last post at AtAT and people are starting to wonder.
My guess is that Jack got either: a) a girlfriend, b) married, c) a job, or d) burned out. As someone who has been publishing a Web daily for over 10 years I can relate to any of the above. It would just be nice to hear it from the horse’s mouth in some sort of funny last post.
UPDATE: 2006-0515:
Jack is married and has a 3-year-old, Anya, who has her own homepage at mac.com. So yeah, he probably has really good excuses to not be writing witty commentary for (practically) free.
Paulo Rodrigues’ AtAT2 is a fine parody (today’s episodes are “With G6, Apple’s Timbers Shivered” and “Apple Cuts iPod Tax”) but even Rodrigues admits that “our lameness is not at all intended to reflect poorly on the original site.”

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Time Gets First Dibs on Nintendo Wii

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Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Gadget

wii.jpgIn a move consistent with its desire to attract a ‘non-gamer’ audience, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario, Zelda… now Director and General Manager of Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development) invited one of Time’s non-gaming reporters to try out its new hardware. The result is an entertaining and informative article that reinforces my admiration for Nintendo’s refusal to accept the status quo.
I encourage you to read the whole article, but here are some excerpts to whet your appetite…
All three [major games consoles] – PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube – are showing their age… Microsoft launched its next-gen Xbox 360 in November of last year; Nintendo and Sony will launch their new machines this fall. Those changeovers, which happen every four or five years, are moments of opportunity in the gaming industry, when the guard changes and the underdog has its day. Nintendo… will attempt to steal a march on its competitors with a bizarre wireless device that senses a player’s movements and uses them to control video games. Even more bizarre is the fact that it might work.
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