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Merlin S720 EVDO Rev A Card PowerBook Hack

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 21:56
Category: Accessory

ImageThis article will descibe how to get the Merlin S720 to work with your PowerBook on Sprint’s Mobile Broadband. The Merlin S720 is the first EVDO Rev A PCMCIA card available.

PowerBook Sprint Merlin S720 Directions – EVDOinfo.com


Korean Air bans Mac portable use

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 08:37
Category: MacBook

Korea’s national airline, Korean Air, has forbidden the use of Apple and Dell laptops during flights in response to the recent battery recall by both firms. The ban came into effect on 30 August and is designed to protect passengers from any accidental fires. Apple and Dell have both issued battery recalls in connection with a large batch (6 million) of potentially faulty Sony battery cores.

Macworld UK – Korean Air bans Mac laptop use


MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS) Isolated

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

Chris Price has found an update on MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS). Apple has isolated it to a design flaw in the heatsink. He called Apple and asked why his MacBook repair was “on hold” and they said that they were waiting for one part, a heatsink.
It’s hard to say what’s wrong with it, it could be a flaw with the installation (like, a gallon of thermal grease), or something with the design of the unit itself. I suspect that they’ve retooled the heatsink since many people are listed as “on hold” waiting for this one part.
UPDATED 01 September 2006:
Apple has posted a ridiculous knowledge base article on the topic that simply says “If your MacBook is shutting down intermittently, please contact AppleCare for service.”


The Apple Core: Anatomy of an Apple battery

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

Apple Sony iBook BatteryEver wonder what’s inside your Apple battery pack? It turns out that they’re not that complicated inside, but it’s amazing how much power these little cluster of cells can hold.
I took an iBook G3 (dual USB) battery apart on the advice of Coconut Battery which told me that after 496 load cycles, this battery had seen better days.
As you can see in this screen shot, the battery had 14 mAh Battery Capacity left compared to an Original Battery Capacity of 4000 mAh. In addition to lacking capacity the battery pack wasn’t charging.
Time to take it apart!
Click through for a photo dissection of an Apple battery pack on The Apple Core.


Incredible MacBook Pro Noise

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 00:02
Category: MacBook Pro

2 weeks ago, I started hearing this really loud noise coming from the right side of my MacBook Pro (it’s not the hard drive). The first time, it was so loud, I thought my computer was going to explode!
I sent it to Apple… and 5 days later, I got my computer back. To my surprise, the noise was still there (I also had a faulty right speaker with crappy sound quality… which they didn’t fix either).
This time, I made a video of the sound. Tell me if you’ve heard this before, because I sure haven’t… it’s incredible. My computer is at AppleCare, again, and I’ve argued with a Genius at the Genius bar. I said that they had to make it up for me, somehow. He said that if they make the mistake again, then… we’ll talk about something else. I said I didn’t agree. Now I’m trying to see how I can communicate with someone to tell them my situation.
Here’s the video with the incredible noise:


Greenpeace Report Targets Apple, Misses

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 00:01
Category: Opinion

Greenpeace recently released a “Guide to Greener Electronics,” which specifically called attention to Apple and assigned the company a failing grade.
But just this April, the Sierra Club named Apple a “Forward Green Leader,” as one of the top ten environmentally progressive companies.
How is that possible? It turns out that the Greenpeace report was written by a member of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, the grandstanding group that staged demonstrations last year complaining that consumers would throw away their iPod rather than replace its battery.
Both the SVTC campaign and the Greenpeace report were both factually flawed and grossly misleading. Here’s an evaluation of the claims each made, in comparison with the facts.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted.com