Letterbox: Widescreen Plugin for Mail.app

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2006, 10:08
Category: Software

widescreen-mail.pngMacBook and MBP users will love this tasty little upgrade for Apple’s email client. It gives you a three-pane mail view that’s perfect for widescreen notebookers. It has a small re-size bug with the middle pane and the attachement column (which gets really wide) but it’s still absolutely priceless. Expect Apple to add this to the next version of Mail – if they’ve got any clue whatsoever.

Letterbox is a plugin for Apple’s Mail.app that takes advantage of your widescreen monitor. It rearranges the interface into three vertical columns – so the message pane is to the right of the message list, rather than below. You’ll probably need at least 1280 and perhaps 1440 horizontal pixels for this layout to work well for you.Letterbox-screenshotLetterbox was born of this plea and subsequent discussion at Ars Technica.

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XtremeMac NBA (and MLB) iPod Cases

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2006, 10:26
Category: iPod

xtrememac-iconz-heat.jpgThe NBA playoffs are under way and if you’re a sports freak (little bit a theme going today, sorry) you may want to look at some of the NBA iPod cases from XtremeMac.
XtremeMac is the only vendor that is authorized to sell NBA cases for the iPod video (US$30) and nano (US$25). Unfortunately, they don’t have a case yet for every team (you know, licensing) but there’s probably something on the list you’ll like.
There’s no Dallas Mavs cases, but they do have a kickin’ Miami Heat case for the iPod video. Here’s the breakdown of cases that are available:
NBA: Video
– Heat
– Lakers
– 76ers
NBA: nano
– Lakers
– Pistons
– Bulls
– Celtics
– Dwyane Wade
– Lebron James
NBA Basketball not your thing? they also have some MLB iPod cases too:
MLB: Video
– Yankees
– Red Sox
– Cubs
– White Sox
MLB: Nano
– Yankees
– Red Sox
– Cardinals
– Giants
– Angels


iLap: Solution for a hot Problem

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2006, 10:48
Category: Accessory

ilap_back_s.jpgiLap from Rain Design, Inc. is a sure winner when it comes to combating the heat problem. iLap is made out of aluminum with sand-blasted and silver anodized finished. It is designed for PowerBooks and MacBooks.
iLap (US$50-70) ships in a well-packaged box that reminds me of a new MacBook. It is worth every penny when it comes to using it for those big projects that demand hours upon hours to finish. It is so well designed that the heat problem doesn’t faze you.
Testing it for the last two weeks was a breeze. It made life a lot easier. With a velvet cushion in front and a swivel base allows for the perfect elevation for your MacBook on your lap. To the point you can take your MacBook with you to bed (remember to shut it off before dozing off) or your favorite chair.
iLap comes with four plastic tabs to allow for even more protection from sliding. It really is the perfect solution to the heat and one that I would highly recommend to other MacBook/Pro and PowerBook owners.


The Apple Core: Closing the Mac price gap

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2006, 10:40
Category: The Apple Core

I was digging through some old crates in my garage last night and stumbled across some of my old college notebooks. While flipping through them I happened across a couple of computer price lists for students. I graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, one of the first Universities in the United States that required you to purchase a Macintosh to attend (I believe that Darmouth may have been the first).
I had my own Mac when I enrolled (a Mac II with 13-inch color monitor) and didn’t need to buy one, but the price lists are extraordinary to look back at.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.