PowerPage Class Photo/Ice Cream Social Update

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 17:18
Category: Meetup


(Thanks to everyone that attended!)
Following the annual tradition, PowerPage’s 2007 Macworld Expo class photo is a go and will happen today at 4:30 PM with the group meeting up in front of Mel’s Drive-In at Fourth and Mission (across from Jack in the Box and the uber-funky Metreon theater).


And yes, we promised free ice cream sundaes for falling prey to the anticipated Apple iPhone announcement of a few weeks back, only to discover that Linksys had released a Voice Over Internet Protocol telephone line under the same name.
Thus, you deserve a free sundae.
With your choice of toppings.


Apple to call 802.11n WiFi Airport Extreme X2 and X4

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 16:00
Category: wireless

It’s surprising that no one has found this yet. This is taken directly from the course description for Apple’s WiFi session at Macworld this year: “Wireless networking is about to undergo major changes, with 802.11n, or Airport Extreme X2 and X4. Starting with the basics of wireless networks, we will show how to design, deploy and test wireless…”

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Toast 8 Released, Includes Full TiVo Authoring Support

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 16:29
Category: Software

An article over at zatznotfunny.com points out that that Macintosh version of TiVoToGo has finally arrived and, bypassing the need for TiVo Desktop, has been entirely built into Roxio’s Toast 8 CD and DVD authoring prorgram.


Mac TiVoToGo performs four dinstinct functions; TiVo Transfer, Video Playback, DVD Burning and Portable Conversions.
With the TiVo Transfer feature, users can pull specific shows to their Mac both on demand or via a schedule. Imported files share the same .tivo file format found on the PC. From here, the user can launch the file for viewing, delete it or “Toast It” to a DVD.
The Player function decripts the imported .tivo content in real time and allows for full viewing even when the user advances or reverses the video on the fly.
The DVD function allows Toast to burn TiVo files to DVD both as shows for play on a computer (either a Mac or a PC) or a set-top box. The feature includes several templates and style to choose from.
The Conversion for Portables feature can export the .tivo file to common profiles such as 320×240 for iPod or PSP playback as well as MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
From Toast, clicking “Export” will bring up common profiles for 320×240 iPod or PSP conversions: MPEG-4 (quicker, lower qulaity) or H.264 (slowed, higher quality). Roxio will drop iPod conversions into the appropriate iTunes sync folder.
Toast 8 retails for $79.99 and is available for download as well as ordering today. The first 5000 customers who purchase the program directly from TiVo will receive a Glo Remote.
The new version also supports authoring for the Blu-Ray high definition format and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program is written as a Universal Binary and runs natively on both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures.
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.


OptiBay Adds Second Hard Drive to MacBooks and 15″ MacBook Pros

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 15:47
Category: News

According to an article on Macworld News, MCE Technologies announced on Friday that its OptiBay product for MacBooks and 15″ MacBook Pro laptops has begun shipping.


According to an article on Macworld News, MCE Technologies announced on Friday that its OptiBay product for MacBooks and 15″ MacBook Pro laptops has begun shipping.
The OptiBay functions as a second internal hard drive that fits where the laptop’s optical drive should be.
The price, which includes an external optical drive that replaces the one being swapped out, begins at $329. The hard drives are available in capacities ranging form 80 gigabytes to 160 gigabytes, most functioning at 5400 RPM. A 100 GB hard drive which operates at 7200 RPM will be offered for $459. The external optical drive shipped with the units includes a USB 2.0 8x SuperDrive which also burns double layer DVD-ROM disks (functionally identical to the optical drive that’s being swapped out). An upgraded 16x DVD burner with USB 2.0 and Firewire interfaces is available for an extra $20.
MCE includes a full tool kit and owner’s manual to help with the installation, which the user performs by themselves. The firm has been offering the OptiBay kit for the PowerBook G4 and 17″ MacBook Pro laptops since October of 2006.
The OptiBay expansion requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later for the MacBook Pro 15″ and 17″ configurations and the MacBook configuration. Systems running Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X 10.2 or later will be able to use the drive on the PowerBook G4 series
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.


MacBook Pro Tricks for the Completely Psychotic

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 13:38
Category: Fun

An article over on MacMerc.com show a full video of a person spinning an assortment of items, among them a DVD, a copy of Maxim magazine, a puzzle and a 15″ MacBook Pro (starting at $2,499 at the Apple Store).
He’s good, but this WILL make your heart seize up and your brain cringe:

If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.


MacBook Pro Breaks Fall on Ice…and Breaks Altogether

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 10:05
Category: Sighting

An article on digg.com points to a MacBook Pro user who, after only about three months with his new laptop, slipped and fell on some ice.


The laptop, which was in a backback at the time, broke the fall, but the user (“Ryansw” according to his picasaweb.google.com picture gallery) mentions that Apple quoted him a $629 repair estimate which escalated to a $1,200 estimate upon discovering that the optical drive had been damaged.
The user later found a replacement optical drive online for $199 and is hoping for the best in getting the laptop back.
Even if the laptop ice capades aren’t in your plans for today, think about a sleeve and a good, padded bag. It may not look as cool as you’d like or be in your first color of choice, but between a functioning laptop and a $1,200 repair estimate, you can look a little dorkier when it comes down to it.
If anyone’s had a similar experience or has comments or feedback, please let us know.


Mac Nano

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 08:33
Category: Macworld Expo


The first 30 years were just the beginning.” Does this bold statement portend a new iPod video with a full face touch screen? A set top box that can stream video content to your television? A wireless phone that is also a full fledged iPod with the slickest design and operation you can imagine? No, these products may all very well appear at Macworld, but this has got to be about the future of personal computing. Apple did ignite the personal computer revolution and then reinvent it after all.
I think Apple will introduce a nano-computer, masquerading as a smart-phone . Basically a tablet computer the size of a Treo or Blackberry with a far more clever input method, full face screen and some version of iLife running on it. Ideally it would be a stand alone wireless nano-computer running OS X. Think of all the capabilities of a MacBook combined with a phone. Dock it on your desk with a wireless keyboard, mouse and full screen monitor and it would be your home computer. Take it on the road and it would be your laptop. Put it in your pocket and it would be your phone, camera and your iPod. Take it to work and let the Xserves do the heavy lifting. I think this computer will not only be possible within the next five years, it will represent a paradigm shift bigger than the current migration from desktop computing to laptops.
Current technology would of course make this computer a brick, much larger than a Zune and more expensive than a MacBook. The Apple genius-phone will have to point the way to such a device with a mobile version of OS X and iLife. Much of your data and the programs that manipulate it might be located on the internet. Strip down the memory. Even sync it with your computer rather than replace your computer. Whatever it takes to put a placeholder out there to position Apple for the coming revolution. It might take a serious partnership with Google to pull this off. Phone service providers be damned.
Oh, or it could be that secret feature that Steve alluded when he last demonstrated Leopard in public. What better time to announce IT, whatever IT might be. Something like full support in Leopard for all Windows XP API’s would be cool! And, one more thing….. iLife for Windows.