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smcFanControl 1.22 adds support for

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2006, 21:16
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blocks_imagesmcFanControl version 1.2.2 adds support for the new 13.3″ MacBook with Core 2 Duo and a Dutch and Korean localization.”

FanControl lets the user set the minimum speed of the build in fans. So you can increase your minimum fan speed to make your macbook run cooler. However in order not to damage your machine FanControl let’s you not set minimum speed to a rate under Apple’s defaults. To change fan-speeds you need to authenticate with valid credentials of an user-account with admin privileges.

smcFanControl 1.2.2


IEEE Begins Revision of Laptop Battery Standard

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2006, 10:47
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While we WiFi freaks wait impatiently for the next-generation standard to get its own stamp of approval, the taskforce is now beginning the efforts to update the apparently insufficient “Standard for Rechargeable Batteries for Portable Computing.”

In a presumed attempt to make the next wave of notebook batteries carry less explosive tendencies, the IEEE 1625 standard is being updated “to further safeguard the reliability of laptop batteries.”

IEEE taskforce begins 18-month revision of laptop battery standard – Engadget


iPod shuffle (G2) Charging Issues

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2006, 10:13
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ipod-shuffle-g2.jpgMitsunobu Tanaka (a.k.a. KODAWARISAN) sends along this (translated) report of iPod shuffle (G2) charging issues. Has anyone else experienced this?

Connecting iPod shuffle to the Dock connector, the trouble that occurs it does not become full charge. Of usually , iPod shuffle, with charge 4 hours 80% is charged in 100% and 1 hour. But, passing 4 hours, it does not become full charge state, the trouble that is reported from the user or, it is not completely charged. Already, in order also for the apple to verify this trouble, it seems that guides temporary trouble evasion with the below-mentioned method, inspects cause.

KODAWARISAN_2k2006: IPod shuffle does not become full charge


PowerPage Podcast Episode 26

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2006, 06:01
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 26 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (45’04, 21.23MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Chuck Freedman.
Topics include: Apple’s new Core 2 Duo MacBook and computer recycling.
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Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.


The Apple Core: The MacBook Chasm Shrinks

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2006, 06:00
Category: The Apple Core

A very short two weeks ago I wrote about the MacBook chasm, the difference in features and benefits between Apple’s consumer MacBook and the professional MacBook Pro. I wrote that Apple’s revving the MacBook Pro to the faster and cooler Core 2 Duo processor essentially widened the gap between the two lines and that it would make potential MacBook buyers think long and hard about the MBP before buying.
Well no more.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.