Nitrozac and Snaggy’s Mac O’Lanterns

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 22:50
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A group shot of J.O.T.’s Mac O’Lanterns (yes, that’s Ellen Feiss 🙂

What would Halloween be without Jack O’Lanterns… with a Joy of Tech twist!
We decided to do some pumpkin carving this year, so after Nitrozac did some research on the web, we applied that knowledge to some suitable pumpkin specimens!

Click through for Nitrozac’s tutorial on how to make your own Mac O’Lanterns, including their latest additions to the pumpkin family… a freaky Rod Serling and Snaggy’s “Soft core” pumpkin!

The Joy of Tech presents Mac-O’Lanterns!


PPUG Meets in Philadelphia Tomorrow

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 11:00
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manayunk-brewing-company.jpgThe nations first PowerBook user group – The Philadelphia PowerBook Users Group (PPUG) – will hold its 2006 Autumn meeting on Saturday 28 October 2006. The meeting takes place from 12 noon to 3pm in the downstairs banquet room of the Manayunk Brewing Company in Philadelphia.

Manyunk Brewing Company
4120 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(215) 482-8220

I will be making a feature presentation on the new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro and (inventory willing) will bring a spankin’ new 2.33GHz MBP to show and tell. Also appearing will be PowerPage Podcast regulars (and PPUG fixtures) Rob Parker, Bob Snow and Youngmoo Kim.
Topics will include: the new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, new iPods, iTunes 7, as well as a host of other mobile technology topics. We also do a stump the experts session and end with a mini swap meet – so bring some gear to sell or trade.

Join us for a great meeting, and it’s free and open to all.


Buyer Gets Soap Instead of iPod

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 10:28
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Remember the stories about girls and boys who received raw meat wrapped up in iPod packaging? Well this story is a little “cleaner.” The lesson here: you better be good all year or you may get more than coal in your stocking.

We’ve all heard of iPod’s vaunted “clean design,” but this is ridiculous. Reader Sean bought what he thought was a box-fresh iPod from Imagine his surprise when he ripped off the shrink-wrap and instead found inside two bars of Irish Spring soap and a package of cheap batteries.

No iPod, Soap! – Consumerist


Apple Patent Describes new Interface for iPod

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 09:34
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Picture-1Apple Patent Application:
Electronic Device Having Display and Surrounding Touch Sensitive Bezel for User Interface and Control

Apple has previous described new iPod designs (in patent applications) which incorporate a touch sensitive surface into the display. There seems a scepticism on the web about designs becoming reality due to the problems of screen smudging and scratching.

This application has designs for a new iPod/Tablet/Phone (or dare I say it, Newton-like device) which put the touch sensitive areas into the bezel surrounding the iPod’s screen (as well as on the screen and sides of the device). The user interface seems particularly well conceived and relies on on-screen indicators of the control surface’s function. In addition to buttons the surfaces can act as scroll surfaces. The interface works by the user selecting a control to change (in the picture below- position in the song, volume, balance) and then, using the bottom surface to scroll, adjusting the element in real time (Fig. 19). – » Apple describes new interface for iPod


Apple Launches New Ajaxified Webmail

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 09:20
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Apple has updated the webmail interface included with its .Mac service to resemble the Mail application included with Mac OS X.

New features in .Mac webmail includes a redesigned interface, drag and drop support, the ability to view messages in a message pane right below the message list, smart refreshes that keep page reloads to a minimum, a quick reply feature, fully integrated Address Book, message previews, single-click message flagging and new keyboard shortcuts.

Macworld: News: Apple’s new .Mac webmail goes live


The Apple Core: Apple issues fix for MacBook random shutdowns

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 09:16
Category: The Apple Core

Apple yesterday released MacBook SMC Firmware Update 1.1 which “improves the MacBook’s internal monitoring system and addresses issues with unexpected shutdowns.” The update was released to address RSS or Random Shutdown Syndrome that has plagued MacBook owners.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.