Parallels Desktop Released

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Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2006, 11:27
Category: Software

parallels-box.gifAfter a two month beta program Parallels has released the final version of Parallels Desktop for Mac. Some highlights:
– The highly successful multi-stage beta program included more than 100,000 users from 75 countries
– The product offers several key productivity features, like fullscreen/dual monitor mode, file sharing, cutting/pasting between OSes (via Parallels Tools, which is included with each copy), and can run any version of Windows (3.1-XP/2003), Linus, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2, eComStation, and DOS
– The product now includes Parallels Compressor, a powerful disk management tool that can compress virtual hard drives by 50% or more. This is a very useful tool, esepcially if you’re working on a laptop with a relatively small hard drive. Compressor Server (retail price $179, compatible with Windows 2000, XP and 2003) is the specific version included with Desktop.
– Final retail price will be US$79.99 (a US$150 savings versus buying Parallels Desktop and Compressor Server separately). As a special thank you to the Mac community for all of their great support, we’ll be making the product available for only US$49.99 through July 15th.


MacBook nano in January?

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Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2006, 11:53
Category: Rumor

I’ve been calling for a MacBook nano for a while now and evidence is mounting that Apple is working on such a beast. Although there are many counter points to the argument (no optical drive?) an ultra-notebook/tablet could fill the hole left by the PowerBook 12-inch quite nicely.

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is working on an Ultra Portable Mac based on flash memory:

Apple Computer could introduce an “ultra-portable PC” that employs NAND-based flash memory in time for the January Macworld trade show in San Francisco, one Wall Street analyst says. UBS Investment Research analyst Ben Reitzes said this week his proprietary checks indicate Apple is working on “ultra-portable PCs” and even notebooks equipped with NAND flash memory in order to speed up boot times.

“We believe these new products could start in notebook products with combo-drives (NAND and HDD) or ultra-portables (NAND only), and could be released in time for MacWorld,” Reitzes told clients.

AppleInsider | Apple seen delivering “ultra-portable” at Macworld

Now that Apple took my advice and killed the term PowerBook, what will the Ultra Portable Mac be called? I need names here people – NAMES!

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Cleaning Dirty White MacBooks

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Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2006, 11:00
Category: MacBook

Yesterday I posted a story about white MacBooks getting discolored ofter only a few weeks of use. It appears that “gavers” in the Apple Discussion Boards has figured out a solution – non acetone nail polish remover.

I had this same problem, except my machine was discolored in the first few days. I tried 409 and Clorox bleach with little success.
I found that Non-acetone nail polish remover cleans it up nicely. Only problem, my fingers feel like sand paper after using it.
You should use clear, or blue colored non-acetone nail polish remover. If you use another color it will slightly tint your MacBook that color. Do not use acetone based, or isopropyl alcohol, those may damage the plastic.


The Apple Core: iPod sweatshops alleged

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Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

evil-bono-150.jpgThe UK’s Mail on Sunday reported that Apple’s iPods are made in China by mainly female workers who earn as little as 27 pounds per month, which set off a tidal wave of objection and claims that iPods are made in sweatshops.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.