Bag Month: Slappa Metro Pro Laptop Bag

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006, 11:00
Category: Luggage

slappa-metro-pro-laptop.jpgFirst up in our Bag Month feature is a bag from a new entrant onto the notebook luggage scene. Slappa started out building luggage for DJs back in 2003 and I discovered them at Winter Music Conference in Miami a few years ago. Slappa started out making high-quality storage cases for CDs and has since branched out into notebook luggage.
Slappa’s Metro Pro Laptop Bag (US$70) is built from rainproof and puncture proof BuckBlast material and features a hide-away carry handle and strong zippers. The main compartment features an adjustable Velcro divider and it fits a 15-inch MacBook Pro nicely, so it will also fit a 13-inch MacBook as well.
The second half of the main compartment has enough space to store an AC adapter, some papers, a magazine and a few cables, but that’s it. The bag isn’t enormous but it’s adequately spacious for a 15-inch MacBook Pro and some accessories. The inside of the flap has a couple of small pockets for money and credit cards. The removable shoulder strap features Slappa’s E.Z. Clip system which allows you to easily adjust the strap length by simply clicking into a different clip.
slappa-metro-pro-laptop-ope.jpgThe 3/4-inch padding inside the Metro Pro bag is sufficient but not tremendously so. It’s enough padding to protect your notebook from most day-to-day bumps but I’d prefer a little bit more on the bottom (although the molded rubber diamond grip feet help.)
The Slappa Metro Pro is a stylish and economical shoulder bag that I’d recommend to artists, architects and other scenesters that are concerned with looking good while carrying their notebook computer. Those that bash and flail their bags or need a ton of extra storage room should consider something larger and more rugged like Slappa’s Velocity Pro Spider or HardBody Pro.
Manufacturer: Slappa
Model: Metro Pro Laptop Bag
Dimensions: 15″ (w), 11″ (h), 4″ (d)
Weight: 2.6 lbs
Price: US$69.99


The Apple Core: Security Update 2006-004 released

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

security-update-2006-004.pngApple yesterday released Security Update 2006-004 (8.5MB) for Intel and PPC Macs that fixes 26 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X. True to Apple’s style (and security policy) few details were released about the update:

For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred, and any necessary patches or releases are available. To learn more about Apple Product Security, visit the Apple Product Security website.

Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Stephen Colbert v. Wikipedia

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006, 00:01
Category: Humor

Disclaimer: this post has nothing to do with the Mac or Apple, I just found it hilarious.
Stephen Colbert did a segment on his show last night about how easy it is to edit Wikipedia.

Not being able to resist, I checked out the Wikipedia entries for The Colbert Report (currently protected from editing until disputes have been resolved) and Elephant (displaying a “stable” version).
Then I saw this post by the Tawker who is the person that blocked Colbert:

In all, we ended up protecting 20 elephant related pages (Iā€™m not listing them all here, I only have so much disk space šŸ™‚ , my stats for the the anti vandalism bots show 250 or so elephant related pages reverts. Most were, you guessed it, the fact that the population tripled – way too many times (repetition my friend).

Gold, I tell you. That Wikipedia is Gold!