REVIEW: Timbuk2 Commute Messenger Bag

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Date: Tuesday, August 15th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Luggage

timbuk2-commute-xl-06-1.jpgOf all the types of bags out there I like messengers the best. It’s true that backpacks are usually more comfortable and practical, but there’s something to the shape and configuration of a messenger bag that particularly works for me. They’re easy to whip on and off, can be worn in several different positions on your body and they’re easy to re-configure on the go.
Today I want to take a look at the Commute messenger bag from Timbuk2.
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REVIEW: iPAQ hw6915

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Date: Monday, August 14th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Mobile Phone

ipaqs.jpgAs you can see from the side-by-side comparison of the hw6915 (far right), h6315 (center) and h4355, I’m somewhat of an iPAQ fan and have been for several years. I started with Newtons many years ago and tried a few Palm devices, but always preferred the iPAQ and the MS Mobile OSes. Being primarily a long-time Mac user, I have to admit that Microsoft does a good job as long as they stick to simple OSes. But, I digress.
Simply put, after using this device for a couple of weeks, this is my favorite handheld device I have ever owned or could wish to own and leaves me for want of nothing, but there are some caveats and a warning which I will get to later.
The 240X240 screen took me about a day to get used to, but it is sharp, briliant and bright and any reservations I had about moving from 240X320 are gone. The Intel PXA270 416 MHz CPU isn’t the fastest out there, but it is plenty zippy for all my tasks and web pages, large pdf and Word files load in a snap. The backlit keyboard is amazingly bright and the keys feel great.
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Contributed by: Cyberdog

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MeromBooks as Soon as September

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Date: Monday, August 14th, 2006, 09:07
Category: MacBook

It appears that Apple is on track to release Merom-equipped MacBooks and MacBook Pros as soon as next month. Merom, you’ll remember is Intel’s new cooler-running Core 2 Duo mobile chip with 4MB L2 cache for notebook computers

Sources at PC and notebook component makers indicated that Apple will launch its MacBook laptops using Intel’s new 64-bit Merom CPU in September, with associated OEM makers, such as Asustek and Quanta Computer, expected to benefit from that, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

DigiTimes >> New Merom-based MacBooks to boost orders at Asustek and Quanta

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The Apple Core: Apple threatened with NASDAQ delisting

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Date: Monday, August 14th, 2006, 09:14
Category: Finance

nasdaq-logo-2.jpgApple received a Staff Determination letter on Friday from the NASDAQ threatening that its stock could be delisted from the prestigious exchange because it is “not in compliance with the exchange’s rules.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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iCarta – Let the Toilet Humor Commence

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Date: Monday, August 14th, 2006, 09:00
Category: iPod

AtechFlash market a range of flash memory-related prodcuts. What inspired them to add this to their range is a mystery, but it did make me smile, in an incredulous ‘what the?’ kind of way.
iCarta (a ‘Stereo Dock for iPod® with Bath Tissue Holder’) will ‘Enhance your Experience in any room with your favorite music from your iPod.’ For those of you who are thinking ‘I can only think of one room in my house where I want a ‘Bath Tissue Holder’, think again… the ‘Integrated icarta-255.jpgBath tissue holder that can be easily folded as a stereo dock’… clever!
Features also include: ’4 Integrated high performance moisture-free speakers’, presumably ‘moisturised’ speakers will be made available as an optional extra in the future.
Oh, and before you reach for your credit card, the iCarta ‘Requires AC Power (AC Adapter included)’. So, if your WC is lacking in a mains socket, you’re out of luck!
Contributed by: Brett Jordan.

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Nintendo Wii, the Anticipation Grows

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Date: Monday, August 14th, 2006, 05:15
Category: Gadget

nintendo-wii-2.jpgWith an expected release date of late November 2006, details of Nintendo’s latest console are causing a growing wave of speculation. Much of it is in the context of how different it is from Sony’s next console, the PS3, which is slated for release at a similar time.
The disparity in the length of queues to try out the Wii and PS3 at E3 2006 have become a thing of geek legend. And the price differences (c. £450 vs £150) are equally significant when considering items that are going to be at the top of many people’s Christmas lists this year!
To view some of the reasons why I believe that the Wii is going to be a Christmas hit, visit this link for a five-minute video montage of some Nintendo ads.
And if you’re willing to turn down your politically correct antennae, this perceptive and hilarious spoof of the recent Apple ads will tell you more about the differences between the consoles than any comparison charts or discussion forums will!
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(Contributed by: Brett Jordan)

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WWDC Secrets Paul Thurrott Hopes You Miss

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Date: Saturday, August 12th, 2006, 02:47
Category: WWDC

Microsoft apologist Paul Thurrott is doing his very best to scribble up a negative spin on Apple’s WWDC Leopard announcements. Poor Paul! After five years of Longhorn waiting and regular Vista disappointments, his very best attempts at poo-pooing Leopard sound a lot like sour grapes.
In the previous article, Three Reasons Why Microsoft Can’t Ship (and Apple can), I described why Thurrott is so bitter about Leopard: Apple has been shipping so much innovation while Microsoft struggles to deliver any! Here’s a look at the real secrets behind Leopard that Thurrott doesn’t want you to notice.
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The first thing Thurrott missed was the big D in WWDC. Perhaps if Steve Jobs had jumped around the stage in a sweaty fat suit, and repeated the word over and over, it would have sunk in better.
Thurrott wasn’t the only one stymied by the meaning of WWDC’s acronym. There were a number of other consumer electronics enthusiasts who paid for a full WWDC tuition just to be entertained by Jobs’ keynote; they too felt disenfranchised by all the tech talk.
Where’s the iPod Phone, the new movie rental store, the Red Box, WINE, or Windows Virtualization, or the Linux kernel, the news of about a Microkernel removal, the Intel-Only release of Leopard, and the closure of the open Darwin project? Above all else, where are the minor speed bump announcements that have never, ever been announced at WWDC?
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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The Frustrated Traveller: Finding a True “World” Mobile Phone

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Date: Friday, August 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

It used to be quite simple: In order to use a mobile phone in the US and the rest of the world you needed GSM service and a phone with “tri-band” capability: 900MHz and 1800MHz for most of the world and 1900MHz for the US. Then two things happened: First, the two major GSM carriers in the US started using 850MHz in addition to, or instead of, the 1900MHz band.
Second, the so-called “next generation” of GSM services became defined and partially deployed. Known as “3G” (WCDMA and UMTS are phrases often used) this new technology allows faster data rates and services such as video calls. A lot more could be said about 3G, but let’s focus on the frequency. In most of the world, 3G is being offered on 2100MHz. The good news is that this includes some places that previously had no GSM service at all, notably Japan. The bad news is that (rumor has it), US carriers will be offering 3G service on 1900MHz instead.
So, where does this leave the global traveler?
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(Contributed by Ole Jacobsen)

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Three Reasons Why Microsoft Can’t Ship (and Apple can)

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Date: Friday, August 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

How has Apple been able to ship six major revisions of Mac OS X in the same timeframe that Microsoft has done little for their desktop users apart from service packs, patches and ads?
Compare Apple’s development of Mac OS X with these three distractions that Microsoft struggles with, and you’ll see why half a decade has passed without any significant feature upgrades to Windows XP!
It’s not that Microsoft has been standing still. They’ve been working hard to deliver a regular volley of patches and workarounds to Windows’ security vulnerabilities and redesigns for Window’s architectural flaws. Further, they’ve been sidetracked by the allure of adware and paid search.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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The Apple Core: Apple Updates Express Card software for MacBooks

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Date: Friday, August 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

Express-Card-Update-1.0.pngApple yesterday released Express Card Update 1.0 for MacBook Pros. According to Apple’s explanation on their Web site, the 492KB update “resolves an issue that prevented the system from sleeping when some cards are inserted in the ExpressCard/34 slot.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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