The Apple Core: Notebook battery shortage imminent

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2006, 10:47
Category: The Apple Core

apple-mbp15-battery.jpgA report by Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan paints a pretty grim picture of notebook battery availability until at least next summer. The culprit? The recall of over 8 million notebook batteries in recent months.
Citing executives from three Taiwanese manufacturers, the report states that customers will find notebook batteries constrained for at least two months with no relief in sight until June 2007, at the earliest.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Why no SATA 160GB Drive Option in MacBooks?

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

You can now order a Mac mini with a 160G SATA drive and this is the same physical drive type found in the MacBooks and MacBook Pros. So why hasn’t Apple made this a BTO for the portables?
Contributed by: Ole J. Jacobsen

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Platform Death Match! 1990-1995: Apple vs. Microsoft in the Enterprise

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2006, 04:09
Category: Opinion

“Why Apple Will Change TV” compared how Apple is poised for success in areas where Microsoft is currently failing. But circumstances are subject to change!
Just over a decade ago, Apple began facing serious legacy problems with its platform, with many parallels to today’s Microsoft. Examining Apple’s dramatic fall provides a series of notable platform lessons that no company should ignore.
A look at the forgotten failure of Apple’s PowerTalk.Read More…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

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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

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Sony Ericsson Bluetooth Watch

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Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2006, 11:00
Category: Gadget

sony-ericsson-bluetooth-watch.jpgSony Ericsson have launched the MBW-100 Bluetooth Watch. The analogue watch will go on sale globally during Q4 of 2006 with a guideline retail price of EUR 300.
Designed in partnership with fashion watchmaker Fossil, the MBW-100 sports an OLED display beneath the watch face which displays who is calling you on your mobile (well, as long as your mobile is a Sony Ericsson K610, K610i, K618, K790, K800, V630, W710, W850, Z610 or Z710). A key press on the watch rejects the call, or diverts it to the phone or bluetooth headset.
The watch also allows you to play, pause and skip to the next track on your phone’s music player, notifies you of text messages received and lets you know when your are out-of-range from your phone.
And now the bad news. It weighs 190 grammes. That’s 5 grammes more than my 60 gigabyte iPod Photo. 190 grammes is twice the weight of your average candy-bar mobile phone, so why not just have the phone built in to the watch? An attractive lightweight wristwatch-style phone which paired to a bluetooth headset might get me wearing a watch again!
Oh, and Sony also get the ‘Tautology of the Week’ award for this excerpt from the official press release:
“Most consumers cannot do without the indispensable tools for their busy lives”
Nice.
(Contributed by: Brett Jordan)

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Why Microsoft Can’t Compete With iTunes

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Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Opinion

Secret answers that expose a series of myths about Microsoft’s ability to own new markets, how it uses its monopoly in the PC industry, and why its monopoly position won’t be of any help in fixing the company’s broken retial consumer electronics strategies.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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