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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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.