Thieves Steal 39 iPods in 15 Seconds

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Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 12:57
Category: Uncategorized

Three New Yorkers are singing a different tune after a run in with police. The suspects allegedly stole 39 iPods and several Playstation 2 games from stores in Riverdale. But it’s how they pulled off the robbery that has police scratching their heads.

Surveillance tape from the Target store in Riverdale showed one of the suspects stuff 39 iPods down an oversized pair of pants and walked out of the store undetected.

“They had one look out down the aisle, and a driver in the getaway car,” said Riverdale detective Bill Fuchs. “What’s amazing is that he did it in fifteen seconds.”

ABC 4 – Utah cops arrest three New Yorkers on alleged iPod crime spree


AirPort Deafness After 10.4.8 and AirPort Update

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Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 09:32
Category: wireless

airport-extreme.jpgThe weirdest thing happened to my MacBook Pro (2.0GHz, week 7) recently. Some time after installing Mac OS 10.4.8 and AirPort Update 2006-001 (version 1.0) my AirPort performance got completely hosed. I can download Web pages for a few minutes but then my WiFi connection goes almost dead. The bits trickle in so slowly that I can’t even load a full Web page. Sometimes turning AirPort on and off will get it working again but only briefly.
My AirPort throughput is abysmal when it actually works – sub 1k/sec downloads according to MenuMeters. I’ve tried rebooting my Verizon DSL modem and my AirPort Extreme to no avail and last night isolated the problem to my MacBook Pro’s WiFi drivers because my iMac 20-inch works fine on the same WiFi network and my MacBook Pro flies when connected via Ethernet.
So I’m appealing to you, fair reader. Have you experienced any WiFi voodoo on a MacBook or MBP since installing 10.4.8 or the Airport Update? I could really use a tip here as I’m not really eager to tinker with the AirPort libraries or to ‘nuke and pave.’ Not to mention that the 50-foot Ethernet cable looks really lame running through my house.
Please post your suggestions in the comments below.
UPDATE: I’ve tried repairing disk permissions in Disk Utility (no errors reported), cleaning my system and user prefernces Preferential Treatment and Tiger Cache Cleaner to no avail. I also haven’t found anything related at MacFixIt or Apple’s Discussion boards. Should I just re-run the 10.4.8 installer?


Samsung Introduces First Diskless Notebook

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Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 00:00
Category: PC Notebook

…and don’t think that Apple isn’t paying attention:

Samsung goodness just keeps rolling along. In Korea, the manufacturer
of all things slick has announced it’s going to put Solid State
Drive notebooks into production, and already have the specs of one on
its Korean website.

CrunchGear :: Samsung Intros SSD-Based Notebook


The Apple Core: Report: Islamic site finds Apple store offensive

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Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 00:00
Category: The Apple Core

5th-ave-and-kaba.jpg[Editor’s Note: This blog post’s headline was rewritten to more accurately reflect the information reported in this blog.] A Middle East research organization reports that Apple’s flagship retail store on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan (between 58th and 59th) is offensive to Muslims. The report cites an Islamic Web site urging Muslims to spread the word in hope that “Muslims will be able to stop the project.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


The Secret Failures of Microsoft

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Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 00:00
Category: Opinion

The big corporations partering with Microsoft suggest that the company knows what it’s doing, but real the secret is that Microsoft hasn’t ever earned significant profits in the consumer hardware business. Here’s why DRM is the least of the Zune’s worries!
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM