MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS)

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Date: Thursday, August 31st, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

Delivering the keynote address opening the academic term of a leading law school in South America, using Keynote on my two-week-old MacBook (white, 2GHz), the computer shut down in the middle of the presentation. Like others posting on different Mac newsgroups, my MacBook has Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS).
Until now this happened running on the battery, so I made sure to plug the machine in. In the middle of a presentation to 150 people, the machine suddenly shut down – plugged in, with the battery charged. It was embarrassing to have to restart the computer, log in and reload the Keynote presentation in the middle of the keynote presentation.
Having used a PowerBook 160, Wallstreet, Pismo and trading in a TiBook 800 for the MacBook, I had come to expect that as a Mac notebook user, I would not experience this sort of profession-impeding problems. Other user experiences I’ve read suggest that Apple’s various repairs have not resolved the problem and that Apple doesn’t seem to fully understand what causes it.
Surprisingly, this happened with the notebook the Apple Store in North Carolina gave me to replace a machine I had bought two days earlier, which had a rough and grainy display (as if it was stuck in ‘thousands of colors.’) This experience gives me the unpleasant impression that Apple is slipping in quality control as it ramps up production to increase demand. It certainly made me miss my bombproof TiBook.
Contributed by: JD
More cases of MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS) can be found on this site dedicated to the flaw. -Ed

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The Apple Core: What can we learn from Microsoft’s Mac BU blog?

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Date: Thursday, August 31st, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

So it’s official. Everyone’s doing it. Blogging, that is. That’s right, pretty much everyone these days has a blog, including a freshy from the good folks at Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit (Mac BU). Their blog, affectionately titled Mac Mojo (kudos on the name guys!) is part of Redmond’s strategy to try to be warm and fuzzy and to stay more in touch with their user base.
Blogs are a great way to break down the corporate facade and allow employees to express their individuality – and it beats the heck out of those horrendous press releases that are embroidered with adjectives and corporate doublespeak.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Analyst sees Zune, hears static

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Date: Wednesday, August 30th, 2006, 23:23
Category: Gadget

American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu said he has looked at the Zune documents that Toshiba filed last week with the Federal Communications Commission and is not impressed.

“We are frankly underwhelmed by the much-hyped Zune device,” Wu said in a research note on Wednesday. “It appears that the Zune is essentially a repackaged Toshiba Gigabeat that has seen limited success.”

Apple | News.blog | CNET News.com

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Crumpler $4M Home; The Horseman

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Date: Wednesday, August 30th, 2006, 11:42
Category: Luggage

PowerPager Bob Snow adds to the bag discussion:

My first exposure to Crumpler was about 4 years ago in S.F. I was staying in “Graphics Gulch” and they have some superb photo galleries and pro level camera shops.
Last week I bought a 4 Million Dollar Home (the Crumpler camera bag, not the home) for US$58 at Circuit City. It comes in a metallic box with a picture of an over the top Mansion. They make other sizes 1, 2 and 6 Million as well. My favorite Crumpler name is their “Baby Scarer”.
I also purchased a “Breakfast Buffet” cheap/used laptop bag I got on eBay and modified to fit my slightly too big MacBook. It is a great bag, but has no outside pockets for flat things like plane tickets. You always have to lift the flap, which makes me glad the laptop compartment has an extra Velcro closure.

…and Emory weighs in:
Crumpler's The Horseman

Crumpler’s The Cashmere Blazer was on my list until i figured out that it was huge. Not wanting something that large I settled on The Horseman (US$155):
My main bag that I travel and work with is a Boblbee Megalopolis backpack. It is the bag I always come back to, but sometimes I don’t want to carry a backpack. So I was looking into other types of bags, and was almost ready to order a messenger bag from Chrome when I saw this one.
This bag is designed to accommodate 15” and 17” laptops, and I’m usually carrying either a 12” PowerBook or a 15” ThinkPad. But I’m also usually slinging around notebooks, index cards, a book or two, my iPod and/or a Sony PSP, a Wacom tablet (much easier to manipulate OmniGraffle or Visio documents when you’re not using a mouse!) and other assorted bits. Usually some sort of camera is included, so being able to carry one of those as well is critical.
Its quite easy to stuff this thing to gills, but even fully-loaded it is quite manageable.
I love bags.

Read Emory’s complete Horseman review here.

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Why Is Apple so Secretive?

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Date: Wednesday, August 30th, 2006, 09:20
Category: Opinion

Apple has long been notoriously secretive about its unreleased products. Critics compare Apple’s secrecy against the transparent development efforts of open source projects, and even with other commercial developers. Microsoft, for example, has a history of providing detailed roadmaps of future plans. Why does Apple keep its future plans under wraps?
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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iBook G4 Catches Fire, Japan Orders Investigation

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Date: Wednesday, August 30th, 2006, 09:11
Category: battery

Japanese authorities reported Tuesday the first case of an Apple laptop catching fire in Japan and ordered the U.S. company to investigate the trouble involving the faulty Sony batteries and report back within a week.

An iBook G4 laptop made by Apple Computer Inc. overheated and caught fire in April, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said. The user sustained minor burns after the computer caught fire, according to Apple spokeswoman Michiko Matsumoto, who confirmed the case.

Japan orders Apple to probe laptops – Tech News & Reviews – MSNBC.com

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REVIEW: MCE iTube-201 iPod Charger & Transmitter

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Date: Wednesday, August 30th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

MCE Technologies, LLC (a PowerPage sponsor) is now distributing the iTube-201 a combination FM transmitter, cigarette lighter charger and flexible dock for the iPod video and nano. MCE is repping the US$75 transmitter for Digiana of Seoul, Korea.
The iTube-201 is a FM transmitter, auto power adapter and iPod dock built around a flexible steel-neck stand that can be manipulated into several different positions.
My favorite feature is the little button beneath the blue-backlit LCD station display. It allows you to easily switch between up to four FM presets between 88.1MHz and 107.9MHz – a boon for city slickers. Readers of the site know that I’m not a big fan of FM trannies because of how often they force you to flip around to find a good station. The four presets really help in this department.
Once tuned in to a strong station the iTube’s sound quality is more than acceptable. The only drawback is that a 60GB iPod video is a little heavy for the cigarette lighter connection and it moved a little on me while driving. On the other hand, it worked perfectly with the iPod nano.
The iTube-201 works with the iPod 5G and nano, requires no batteries and is available for US$75 from MCE Technologies.

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The Apple Core: Google CEO joins Apple board

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Date: Wednesday, August 30th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

In a somewhat surprising after-hours announcement, Google Chief Executive Officer Dr. Eric Schmidt was elected to Apple’s board of directors at their meeting yesterday. Dr. Schmidt also sits on Google’s board of directors and Princeton University’s board of trustees.
Schmidt joined Google from Novell where he was chairman and CEO. Prior to Novell he was CTO at Sun Microsystems, Inc. and a researcher at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Journalists Appeal to Apple CEO on Behalf of Chinese Reporters

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 23:17
Category: Legal

The Reporters Without Borders organization has sent a letter to Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs asking him to implore iPod supplier Foxconn to drop a lawsuit against two Chinese journalists who wrote an article critical of working conditions at a Foxconn Electronics factory.

Wang You and Weng Bao of China Business News have been hit with a libel suit filed by Foxconn after they wrote a story critical of working conditions at a Foxconn plant where iPods are manufactured.

Apple | News.blog | CNET News.com

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Gaming Goes Pink

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 09:04
Category: Gadget

The release of a new games console in Japan is always an event. Huge, police-managed queues are not uncommon. However, when the Nintendo DS lite was released in Japan, it wasn’t the length of the queues that made headlines, but their content.
For the first time in gaming history, there were females in the queues. And not just teenage manga lookalikes. The Nintendo DS’s friendly interface and games like Nintendogs, Animal Crossing and Brain Age have drawn a wide range of Japan’s demographic into the joys of gaming.
The pink Nintendo DS was released on July 20, and has been a tremendous success.
Never one to miss a marketing trick, Sony has responded with pink versions of their PS2 and their PSP.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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