Pimp Your MBP With Vista

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Date: Monday, June 12th, 2006, 23:59
Category: Software

I know that it has been reported ad nauseam all over the Web but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that you can install Windows Vista beta 2 on the MacBook Pro. (No word yet on if it works on the MacBook.) Hans VB’s blog has the installation instructions and a page of screen shots to go along with it.
Have you spent the two plus hours this endeavour requires? Share your experience in the comments below .


Unraveling The PowerPC Obsolescence Myth

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Date: Monday, June 12th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

This myth is so fantastically absurd that it has to involve Mark Stephens, writing under the name Robert X Cringely. Remember, Cringely was also involved with spreading the Red Box Myth, the Mac OS X Microkernel Myth, and the Mac OS X Needs a Linux Kernel Myth.
His recent speculation that Leopard would not work on PowerPC Macs managed to imply some sort of Osborne Effect for Intel Macs that could only be managed by Apple actively obsolescing all PowerPC Macs this year:
“Speeding-up performance is great, but normally a system vendor won’t want to do that for older hardware, which might encourage some users to keep their old box and just add a new OS. […] For this reason alone, I’m guessing that the new OS X Kernel won’t be backward compatible to PowerMacs. But this is just a guess.”
Read more in “Unraveling The PowerPC Obsolescence Myth
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted


Ratatouille Trailer Available from Pixar

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Date: Monday, June 12th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Pixar

ratatouille_200606091025.jpgNot content with transmogrifying toys, insects, monsters, fish and cars into cute, anthropomorphic and loveable characters, it looks like Pixar’s next release will be helping us all to lose our phobia of rats.
The first teaser trailer for Ratatouille is now available. If your computer can handle it, download the high definition version, the quality of the rendering/animation is stunning.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan


PowerPage Podcast Episode 17 Available for Download

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Date: Monday, June 12th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoPowerPage Podcast Episode 17 is now available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
On Episode 17 (39:54, 17.6 MB, AAC) of the PowerPage Podcast my guests Rob Parker and Chuck Freeman discuss:
– Dell vs. Apple displays
– Tiny memory cards
– Widescreen plug-in for Mail.app
– Coinstar machines giving iTunes credit
– iPod UI, tired?
– MS Vista beta 2 on a MacBook Pro
– m-m-m-macbook
– Installing RAM and HDD on the MacBook Pro
You can subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (AAC) or you can add the PowerPage Podcast RSS feed in a newsreader of your choice. You can also download the file directly (37:16, 16.5MB, AAC). Remember to vote for us on Podcast Alley.
A special thank you to The Tragically Hip for letting us use their music in the PowerPage podcast. Check out their first DVD/CD Box Set Hipeponymous.


The Apple Core: Verizon Treo 700p EVDO instructions

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Date: Monday, June 12th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

treo700p-100.jpgA friend sent me these instructions on how to connect the new palmOne Treo 700p to Verizon’s high-speed EV-DO network with a Mac.
The setup instructions with screen shots are on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.