REVIEW: Verizon Wireless ExpressCard/34

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Date: Friday, September 29th, 2006, 12:21
Category: wireless

Bare Feats gave the Verizon Wireless ExpressCard/34 (Novatal V640) wireless PC card a two week try (spoiler: they returned it.)

As many of you know, we’ve been using CardBus versions of the wirelessbroadband in our PowerBooks since early 2005. But when we bought theMacBook Pro for the lab back in March 2006, it had an ExpressCard/34slot but no cellular company had an ExpressCard broadband wireless PCcard available. That’s changed. As of August 2006, the Novatel V640ExpressCard/34 became available through Verizon Wireless. (Neither Sprint nor Cingular have an ExpressCard wireless broadband solution as of this posting.)

I first activated the V640, the download speed was peaking at 144K.That was unacceptably slow — but sounded awfully familiar. Sureenough, when I called to complain, they admitted the tech designated”National Access” (max download 144K) instead of “Broadband Access” (upto 2Mbit/s bursts) when the account was set up.

After that was addressed, I did more speed testing. Now the downloadspeed (according to was running between 850K and 1000K.That’s as good as it gets for an “air card” from Verizon Wireless.

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Bare Feats >> Wireless Broadband ExpressCard/34 from Verizon Wireless


Woz on Colbert

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Date: Friday, September 29th, 2006, 11:08
Category: News

Steve Wozniak was on last night’s The Colbert Report. The full clip is here. I removed the embedded looping one that was here.


Woz Speaking in Philly Tomorrow

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Date: Friday, September 29th, 2006, 10:01
Category: Meetup

Just a reminder that his Woz-ness, Steve Wozniak will be speaking at the Free Library in Philadelphia tomorrow at 2pm.

We’re having a PowerPage meetup on-site at around 1:30pm in front of the room. Heck, we may even join with our compadres from (TUAW) for a class picture or something. If you’re in the Philadelphia area, don’t miss this free chance to see a living legend speak.

Steve Wozniak
iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It
Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 2:00PM
Philadelphia Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway

The Central Library is around Logan Circle from the Four Seasons and that the Circle intercepts with 19th St., just off the Ben Franklin Parkway.

Look for for my PowerPage t-shirt if you’d like to join us.

The Apple Core: Apple’s flash-based MacBook

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Date: Friday, September 29th, 2006, 09:41
Category: The Apple Core

AppleInsider is reporting that Intel plans to incorporate NAND flash memory into its next-generation notebook platform. This would enable Intel’s clients (like Apple) “to develop systems that are twice as fast in some operations yet sustain longer battery life.” At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in March Intel mentioned that they plan to add flash memory support to their Santa Rosa notebook platform which is due in the first half of 2007.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


iLife and iWork Updated for Aperture 1.5

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2006, 20:09
Category: Software

ilife-iwork-updates.jpgiPhoto 6.0.5 (57.7MB) contains new calendar, greeting card, and postcard themes for use with Apple print services, including a variety of holiday card designs. It also addresses compatibility for accessing Aperture 1.5 content in iPhoto.
iMovie HD 6.0.3 (6.6MB) addresses compatibility for accessing Aperture 1.5 content in iMovie HD. It also improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues.
The rest of the software updates address compatibility for accessing Aperture 1.5 content:
iWeb 1.1.2
Pages 2.0.2
Keynote 3.0.2
iDVD 6.0.3
GarageBand 3.0.4


IBM/Lenovo Recalls 500,000 Notebook Batteries

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2006, 14:26
Category: battery

Hooray, Lenovo has joined the battery recall party! For those of you keeping score at home, that brings the number of manufacturers to five, including Apple, Panasonic, Toshiba and Dell.

The recall, anounced today, affects nearly 170,000 batteries in the US, and over 350,000 additionally worldwide, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.


Affected machines sold in the United States include:
IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad T43, T43p, and T60
IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad X60 and X60s
IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad R51e, R52, R60, and R60e


iTunes 7.0.1’s Mobile Phone Mentions

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2006, 13:08
Category: iTunes

Normally, an iTunes update wouldn’t be much news. But this one has lots of mentions of a “mobile phone” that can play video and display pictures. As far as we know, the ROKR and RAZR V3i can’t do that.

Here’s a taste of the strings:

“4301.022” = ” ^0 was not copied because the video format is not supported by the mobile phone ^1 .”; “4301.043” = “Are you sure you want to manually manage music and videos on your mobile phone? You will need to manually eject your mobile phone before it can be disconnected safely.”; “4301.045” = “Are you sure you do not want to manually manage music and videos on your mobile phone? All existing content on the mobile phone ^1 will be replaced with content from your iTunes library.”;

iTunes 7.0.1 Has Buttloads of Mobile Phone Mentions – Gizmodo


MSN Messenger 6 adds Mac IM Interoperability

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2006, 13:35
Category: Software

Messenger for Mac 6.0We need a universal IM protocol and we need the sotware vendors to support it. The fact that you can’t IM your friend because they’re on x service is almost is bad as the whole BluRay/HD DVD fiasco.

Microsoft on Wednesday released Messenger 6.0 for Mac, allowing Appleusers of its instant messaging software to connect to Yahoo Messengerusers. The company added that feature for PC users in July, but Mac support has been notably absent. >> Yahoo! MSN adds Mac IM interoperability


External Battery for Apple MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2006, 12:42
Category: battery

portable_power_station_lg.jpgRemember when external PowerBook battery packs were all the rage? Well Battery Geek has a new external battery that works with the MacBook Pro. I imagine that it’s hard to sell any notebook battery pack right now though…

The Portable Power Station by Battery Geek supplies an additional 6+ hours of mobile computing time for the MacBook Pro, according to the company. The PPS packs a 140 watt-hour capacity and uses Li-ion cells.

Battery Geek Introduces External Battery Support for Apple MacBook


The Apple Core: iTunes 7.0.1 addresses Cover Flow, importing, syncing

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2006, 11:00
Category: The Apple Core

itunes-701.jpgAs you’d expect with all the problems reported with iTunes 7, Apple today released an iTunes 7.0.1 update (25MB) for Mac and Windows users that is supposed to fix a number of problems with the popular music player. The software update doesn’t give an indication about what the update fixes:
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.